“You should in any case go to the museum often”

V. Van Gogh, November 19th, 1873

Empowering Museum Professionals and Heritage Organizations Staff

by cultural entrepreneurship training and research

 

In many European countries, the arts, heritage and cultural sector is supported by or partially subsidized by government. However, due to the economic crisis and cuts in budget, the amount of funds for direct subsidies is decreasing. Some cultural heritage organisations and museums do not have enough funds to sustain themselves.

Starting from this assumption, the project “Empowering Museum Professionals and Heritage Organizations Staff by cultural entrepreneurship training and research” has the objective to develop the entrepreneurial skills and attitude of museum professionals and cultural heritage organization’s staff, using research, training, networking and exploitation activities.

The project started in the fall of 2015 and will last three years. The partnership is composed by a multi-disciplinary team, which includes three higher education institutions, experts in cultural management and two non-profit organisations active in the field. The organisations are located in three European countries: The Netherlands, Italy and United Kingdom.

Starting from an in-deep research activity about cultural entrepreneurship and related topics and from the final users’ real needs in terms of competences, the partnership will develop an innovative training course, which will be available and exploitable at the European level by different types of institutions, including VET organisations.

Products

A cultural entrepreneurship research agenda

The cultural entrepreneurship VET training course

The cultural entrepreneurship teaching & accreditation recommendations

Online and open-source learning platform as exploitation mechanism for cultural entrepreneurship VET course and project results