I am a freelance heritage interpreter, particularly, interested in building long-lasting cooperation among museums and diverse communities. I am excited about the social role of museums as heritage promoters and believe that museums have great potential to become social agents in our contemporary world, to nurture trust and cooperation, while engaging the public in meaningful change. Museums can inspire people to care about ideas that are challenging for everyone. All my recent projects are built around the concept of socially responsible heritage interpretation that takes place inside as well as outside museum walls.
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1999-2000 Ecole Supérieure de Commerce, Dijon-Bourgogne (France), Master’s Degree Program on Management of European Cultural Institutions, Diploma Nr. ESC-20004578101.
1998-2001 Latvian Academy of Culture (Latvia), Master’s Degree Program on Management of Culture, Diploma Nr.000177.
1992-1997 University of Latvia, Faculty of History and Philosophy, Bachelor’s Degree Program on Sociology, Diploma Nr.005427.
2011/01-2011/04 University of Victoria (Canada), Cultural Resources Management Program, Distance Learning Course HA 486A: “Museum Principles and Practices II: Programming, Exhibitions and Management, Certificate of Course Completion issued on May, 2011 with Final grade=A
2010/09-2010/12 University of Victoria (Canada), Cultural Resources Management Program, Distance Learning Course HA 486A: “Museum Principles and Practices I: Communities, Curatorship and Collections”, Certificate of Course Completion issued on March, 2011 with Final grade=A+
2010/11-2011/01 “Active Citizens Programme”, British Council in Latvia.
2003/09-12 Spanish Language Course at the University of Saragossa, Spain.
1995/08 ”Education on Human Rights”, Latvian Center for Human Rights and Ethnic Studies. Certificate Nr. 199508034.
Since 2011/06 Freelance heritage interpreter and museum consultant.
2004/02-2011/03 Head of Development and Communication department at the Municipal Agency “Cesis Culture and Tourism Centre” that runs Cesis History and Art Museum and heritage site of national significance – Cesis Castle, Cesis, Latvia.
2000/07-2003/03 Project coordinator at the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia.
1997/12-1999/05 – Project coordinator at the Nordic Information Office, Riga, Latvia.
1998 The Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, Level IV, Officer 13.
Historical Film Festival
Historical Film Festival was the annual event that took place in Cēsis Castle from 2010 until 2014. The aim of the festival was to interconnect tangible and intangible heritage -the castle, its medieval history, films about history, the creative process of historical film making, contemporary reflections and links between history and cinema. Find out more at www.filmuskate.cesis.lv Photo by Kaspars Kurcens
Araisi community map
The map was created in 2011 by a small community that lives around Araisi Lake in Latvia, artists Astra Reine and Guna Zommere, and me. When creating the map we followed the Parish Maps method established by British charity organization "Common Ground". To find out more about the method and the idea behind it, check http://ejuz.lv/parishmaps
Lecture course "KURP.ES"
The lecture course linked the century long history of the modern world with an object of fashion and passion - a female shoe. A shoe reflects the history. A personal story behind it comes up with vivid illustrations of the past. Even a shoe interconnects us with our past. The lecture course was built on the historical sources and shoe collections available at the municipal and national museums of Latvia, personal stories as well as shoes shared by Latvian women, visual and textual materials available at the World Wide Web in 2012. Poster designed by Ieva Skuja-Zelča. Photo by Janis Viksna.
Virtual Exhibition of the Melanija Vanaga Museum "BE YOURSELF!"
The virtual exhibition – „Be Yourself!” – relates the experiences of five Latvian children deported by the Soviet regime in 1941. As children and later as teenagers and young adults, they often had to rely on their wits, to think for themselves, decide and act. They had to make their way in life overcoming what seemed like insurmountable obstacles. Each child’s story is a remarkable feat in itself, a feat that is part of Latvia’s heritage. This heritage is important to all of us living in today’s Latvia and who see our own futures as part of Latvia’s. To draw visitors’ attention to the power of human endurance, the worth and dignity of the individual confronting totalitarian power, and to remind visitors of the opportunities given them by a democratic state, the exhibition is entitled Be Yourself! Visit the exhibition: www.esipats.lv/en
Belgian Postcard Exhibition "PostWar"
Through the postcard exhibition “PostWar” the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in Riga (my contracting authority for this work) payed tribute to the centenary of the World War I and the Belgian experience of the war that was declared by contemporaries as “war that will end all wars”. Postcards are not merely snapshots of a world at war. They are virtual windows into the minds and hearts of millions who fought and lived the war. The exhibition offered a unique opportunity to receive the 100 years old mail messages and discover the past that still resonates in the lives of contemporary Belgians and Europeans. Designed by Ieva Skuja-Zelča.