Foundation "Humanity" * ETNA project





In respect to this project, our team can provide the consultancy of well known Bulgarian specialists in the field of Modern art and the logistic cooperation of two of our National Museums (The National Museum of Modern Art, and the Sofia City Gallery). We are ready to organize periodic guided educational visits to art museums of the target groups envisaged and thematic workshops for adult education in the premises of both above mentioned Museums. We also intend to carry out international creative workshops with the participation of hosting and visiting groups, during which non-professional art will be created under the guidance of artists, sculptors and craftsmen. An International Exhibition will display the products of these workshops in one of these Museums.
About ETNA

Six organizations from across Europe collaborate to work with seniors and offer them an opportunity to explore art, mainly contemporary works, through interactive methods in their home countries as well as abroad. This project contributes to the active ageing, intercultural dialog and will raise citizens’ competencies and skills in the fields of culture and technology.
Partner institutions consist of educational departments of museums, focusing on cultural education and acting as platforms for working with art and technology, e-learning and internet communication. The diversity of partners guarantees benefit for the adult education sector by exchanging and sharing experiences, new methods and approaches.
The learners vary from seniors with special needs, from disadvantages areas, through adults with a deep interest in art, people from retirement homes, and ageing teachers,  are encouraged to actively participate in cultural life in their regions. The local programmes (workshops, interactive visits of museums, didactical lessons...) will focus on topics specific to each organization but meet the common objectives of the project. Learners will meet and interact with trainers and artists, as well as with groups of younger people, and will be encouraged to lead intergenerational as well as interdisciplinary dialog using the art as a method and a common field of interest.
The international dimension of the project leads to the exploring of multiculturalism and directly incites an active life (participating in transnational meetings). It also offers seniors the opportunity to learn new technologies and to use them in practice for international communication.



Seniors constitute an important and increasing part of European population, therefore "ageing" is a big topic for European policy. The year 2012 is proclaimed as the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. With the ETNA project beginning in this particular year, we want to directly contribute to the efforts to find innovative solutions for addressing the demographic challenge and creating an age-friendly European Union allowing all citizens to lead more active and independent lives for longer. The project aims to foster solidarity between citizens, cultural identities and generations and to enable the active participation and involvement of all age groups in society while providing them with adequate support and protection.


Since most of the partner institutions have already been working with ageing people,  in different smaller programmes we regularly see seniors’ interest in the active life and want to support it. We also want to encourage and involve more ageing people to actively participate in cultural and social life in their regions as well as offer a great opportunity to gain international experience which can be shared with other local citizens.    
In the field of art education as a means of learning about culture identity, different programmes using innovative interactive approaches are emerging. Nevertheless they are mostly dedicated to children and youngsters. This project is a real challenge and opportunity to explore art in innovative and amusing ways with seniors. By using new technologies to explore an interactive approach we want to make the topic more attractive and we recognise the need for seniors to learn more in this area.
The ETNA project gathers different partner countries with different approaches toward senior citizens and different standards regarding use of new technologies and the internet. (For example in Poland the research shows that 78% of Polish citizens after 50 years of age are not using Internet even though more than half of them have Internet at home.) Therefore the ETNA project would like to engage these seniors in new and stimulating methods.   
With the focus on contemporary art, we want to focus on the realities of the present world, to underline an importance of all generations in today’s society and contribute to the campaign against excluding disadvantage citizens. The ETNA project brings together current artists, different generations, disciplines and cultures.
We have chosen to collaborate with 6 partner organizations of different sizes and focusing on different sub-domains of art education and technologies. Identifying the same aim, we see this collaboration and confrontation as very stimulating and useful, as we have already confirmed at the preparatory visit in Palermo and in the internet communication between all partners. While some institutions can share experiences by organizing particular workshops, others can provide the project with technical support and skills in new technologies.  The large number of transnational meetings, will form the  the “spine” of the project, and is a way to understand the particulars of different cultural identities and create European dialog at the same time.
. The website will serve as a Help-desk for educational departments and other interested organizations from the field and so it will create an open community of European cooperation and international exchange.





The ETNA project aims at increasing the participation of seniors (people aged 50+) in art education and in exploring contemporary/modern art by interactive methods.

Objectives for the organizations:
- Invest in the development of the educational offer for seniors, besides programmes for children and youngsters.
- To involve seniors in the development of the partner organizations.
- To use art and new media as a means to keep senior citizens involved in our society, to stimulate life long learning and to prevent isolation.
- To exchange good practices and develop in cooperation with partner institutions new methodes in interactive programmes for exploring art.

- To start lively communication between educational departments of museums and other organizations related to the field.
- To develop collaboration with artists on the educational programmes.
Objectives for the learners:
- To have a positive and life changing impact on isolated senior citizens’ quality of life, well being, intercultural understanding and access to high quality art and culture.
- To empower seniors by teaching them how to work with new media. This is a way to improve the it-skills of seniors in the field of e-mail, internet, etc. Seniors will become able, creative and critical users of digital technology, using their skills to empower themselves and connect to a broad range of people throughout Europe.
- To empower senior citizens to take a leading role within the overall project, and establish ways that their experiences can benefit cultural institutions and their audiences.

- To train the language skills of the learners: through the contact with peers (peer-learning), they exercise their language skills in an informal way.
Subject: We want to develop possibilities in art education for seniors.
This project is mainly organisation-oriented. The idea is to create an interactive visitors’ programme for seniors to explore art in our musea through new media.
Therefore, the partner organizations will make an overview of what they already offer and what expertise they have on art education for seniors. The strengths and weaknesses of all partners will be exchanged and discussed. Based on this information, we will exchange good practises and learn from each other. With all information we will try to develop a concept for a visitors programme for seniors. The concept will be implemented and the programme will be evaluated and discussed, and adapted where needed.




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