The project idea to engage volunteers as “culture guides" to reach out and strengthen the access for social and cultural marginalised groups to arts and culture as a gateway to personal development and social inclusion.

New transformative learning experiences with art and culture can enliven and enlighten people, change their lives for the better and renew their relations to other people and the community.

The project is based on the concept of “cultural sustainability” meaning that active citizenship, social inclu-sion and cultural cohesion will be promoted by “citizens help citizens” in a civil society context.

Background and need

The EU states have as a main goal of cultural policy to provide art and culture to the entire population, but are confronted with the recurring problem of large residual groups of non-users, especially among social marginalised.

We need to find new ways to involve the comprehensive European civil society sector of voluntary arts and culture, where a vast number of cultural and educational associations provide learning activities for about 20 to 30 per cent of the populations in the member states.

The culture guide concept could improve the ability of the voluntary arts and culture associations to reach out and convey art and culture at eye level with the different needs of the social marginalised groups.

Planned results

...are to:
  • complete a series of local pilot works with culture guide activities;
  • publish a European Handbook with know-how, methodologies, and best practise;
  • develop innovative curricula and training course modules for culture guide services:
  • test two pilot Grundtvig IST-courses for respectively managers and volunteers;
  • provide a sustainable valorisation of the results, including an European Conference and the devel-opment of a European network for facilitators and volunteers engaged in culture guide services.