The aim is to compile good practise and innovative approaches for a co-creative cooperation between volunteers and professionals in culture associations, public culture institutions and culture departments of the municipalities that promote the 'transformative potential' and creative and democratic empowerment.
The idea of "co-creation" refers, especially in the context of “New Public Governance” to earlier welfare experiences of user involvement, but goes further by building on empowerment and democratic participation. It focuses on the 'transformative potential' in a co-creative cooperation, where citizens and public employees participate on equal footing to develop innovative, sustainable and long-term welfare services, also in the area of arts, culture and heritage.
We intend to identify opportunities for civil society actors to be initiators and key executive during parts of the cooperation to release the transformative potentials. Hereby new groups of citizens can be engaged in the design and implementation of new arts and culture activities and the traditional more passive forms as users and audiences are elaborated to more involving forms of active participation in the arts, culture and heritage activities.
The innovative core
The most innovative part of our project may be to support the New Public Governance agenda of “co-creative cooperation” in the area of arts and culture by building on the "citizen help citizen” approach to promote “cultural sustainability”.
Our project has a clear link to the first and third strategic objective of a “Sustainable and intercultural Nordic Region” that was presented in the strategy for Nordic cultural co-operation 2013-2020, which the Nordic Ministers of Culture adopted on 31 October 2012.
We think that the sustainability of the Nordic societies as well as other EU member states, in general will be promoted by a more accessible and engaging cultural life, and especially by applying the “citizen help citizen” approach, where all types of citizens can be involved on equal terms in the area of voluntary culture and heritage and thereby also in the co-creative cooperation with public representatives and staff from the public arts, culture and heritage institutions.
The co-creation initiatives are mainly developed in the welfare area of social, health and humanitarian work, and not so much in the area of arts and culture, even though it may especially be in the area of arts, culture and heritage that the transformative learning potential can be strongest.
Anyhow, there are still good examples and new pathfinders around in our communities in the culture area, which we intend to compile and analyse during our desk research and apply for designing new curricula and formative course packages and convey by our dissemination and concluding national conferences.
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