Hi! My name is Agata. I come from Poland, which is where I am currently carrying out my IVY experience. I am volunteering with the Balteus Foundation – a non-governmental organisation focused on enabling cooperation of institutions across the European Union. The Foundation implements projects mostly in the field of sustainable use of natural and cultural resources as well as cultural heritage.
As part of my IVY experience I have been involved in the “BaMuR – Baltic Museum Resilience” project for over a month now. The project is carried out under the Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2021-2027 programme and it is aimed at increasing the resilience of museums, memory institutions and cultural institutions in difficult times, such as the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine. Within the project a toolbox will be developed, which will provide these heritage institutions with solutions that they can apply in case of any other future crisis. What’s more, the outcome of the project is expected to not only provide the resilience opportunities for these institutions but also for the whole societies.
This topic is especially important to me as I am an art history graduate. I believe that museums as well as other cultural institutions play an extremely important role in society in terms of education and preserving the local history and heritage. That is why I think it is crucial for them to gain the ability to overcome challenges and adapt to new realities in difficult times.
One of my tasks so far has been to conduct questionnaires among museums and other cultural and memory institutions to find out about their experiences with such events as the COVID-19 pandemic. It was particularly interesting as I have been able to find out what particular museums in Poland have been struggling with during the times of crisis and what solutions they have developed.
I am very grateful for this opportunity that I probably wouldn’t be able to get if I didn’t join the IVY programme. I am looking forward to further contributing to the project and finding out more about resilience of cultural institutions!
– Agata, IVY Project Partner for the Interreg Balic Sea Region project “BaMuR” at Balteus Foundation