Project “Integrate and Empower Ukrainian Heritage Communities in Georgia through employment opportunities and awareness raising campaign”
ICOM Georgia’s current project aims to tackle two key challenges. Firstly, it focuses on the professional integration and economic support of Ukrainian refugee women residing in Georgia, who are actively involved in the museum sector. The project aims to provide them with opportunities for employment and professional development, fostering their integration into the local community.
Secondly, the project aims to raise awareness among the Georgian community and various professional groups regarding the devastating impact on cultural heritage sites and museums in Ukraine. It sheds light on the efforts of Ukrainian and European colleagues in documenting the damages, salvaging artifacts, and safeguarding heritage sites from further harm. By sharing this information, the project aims to promote understanding and collaboration in the preservation of cultural heritage across borders.
In August 2022, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) launched an extraordinary grant competition to provide support for Ukrainian museums and museum professionals. Following a rigorous review process by ICOM SAREC, six projects were selected for funding. Among the successful projects is the initiative proposed by ICOM Georgia, titled “Integrate and Empower Ukrainian Heritage Communities in Georgia through Employment Opportunities and Awareness-Raising Campaign.” This project will be carried out in collaboration with ICOM Ukraine, Blue Shield Georgia, National Museum of the Revolution of Dignity – HERI, State Silk Museum, and the Georgian Heritage Crafts Association.
The primary objectives of the project are twofold. Firstly, it aims to facilitate the professional integration and economic support of Ukrainian colleagues currently residing in Georgia and actively engaged in the museum and heritage sector. Through employment opportunities and related initiatives, the project aims to enhance their professional development and social integration.
Secondly, the project endeavors to raise awareness about the plight of Ukrainian cultural heritage sites and museums that have suffered damage due to armed conflicts. It seeks to disseminate information and knowledge about the importance of safeguarding cultural heritage during times of crisis. This will be achieved through a range of activities, including exhibitions, forums, training sessions, panel discussions, and publications.
The project is scheduled to conclude in December 2023, with the aim of achieving tangible outcomes and lasting impact within the specified timeframe.
The project, initially planned to conclude in December 2023, may have a possible extension until February 2024. This extension allows for additional time to ensure the achievement of tangible outcomes and a lasting impact within the specified timeframe. By extending the project, it enables thorough implementation and consolidation of the project’s objectives, maximizing the benefits for all stakeholders involved.