YOUth and MUSEums is an European educational project coordinated by ELITE ART Club UNESCO under the joint aegis of UNESCO, in collaboration with the World Federation of Associations, Centres and Clubs for UNESCO (WFUCA), the European Federation of Associations, Centres and Clubs for UNESCO (EFUCA) and the Romanian National Commission for UNESCO (CNR UNESCO).
Team members are Dr Daniela Popescu (project director), Dr Bianca Tudor (project manager), MA Adeline Popescu (fundraising coordinator), and MA Constantin Adrian Grigore (artistic programme coordinator).
Main partner is ALUMNUS Club for UNESCO in Bucharest (www.youthandmuseums.org/alumnus).
This project aims to substantially contribute to developing successful youth educational programmes in museums by promoting the exchange of educational methods, strategies and technologies between curators for young people's education. At the same time, YOUth and MUSEums aims at a sustainable development of the European youth sensibility and respect for the values of the intra and inter regional heritage as means of intercultural dialogue as well as of knowledge and preservation of one's cultural identity.
As part of the YOUth and MUSEums project, the European Conference on Youth Education in Museums was held on May 14-17, 2009 at the "D. Gusti" National Village Museum in Bucharest. This meeting brought together representatives of UNESCO, of the European Federation of Associations, Centres and Clubs for UNESCO (EFUCA) and of several well-renowned European museums and galleries (such as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Tate Modern in London, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Centre of Modern Art of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, the Vatican Museums, and Gallery 21 in Duesseldorf).
This event enjoyed a great success and was mostly welcomed by the Romanian mass-media.
The second stage of this project involves the creation of the YOUth and MUSEums virtual forum, that will network several European museums, cultural organisations, schools, colleges, and universities from Romania and abroad.