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.

Contact me at elina.cesis@gmail.com

 

EDUCATION

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.

Additional courses:

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.

WORK EXPERIENCE

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.

AWARDS

1998 The Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, Level IV, Officer 13.