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Cultural administration and sustainable development constitute one of the priorities in EU. The project CUBES – ‘CUltural administration Boosting with the Engagement of Sustainability for local communities’ – includes 9 partners (Homo Eminens-HE, MINDSHIFT, Sarajevo Meeting of Culture-SMOC, Xenios Polis, Culture, Science & Action-XPCSA, Center for Social Innovation-CSI, GRIPEN, NGOSC, University of Peloponnese, Department of History, Archaeology and Cultural Resources Management-UOP, Assembly of European Regions-AER) from 7 countries (Lithuania, Portugal, Bosnia Herzegovina, Greece, Cyprus, Romania, and France).

CUBES derives from the need to create and disseminate know-how regarding the sustainable administration of tangible and intangible cultural resources in order to really empower all sectors of society to own and administer their cultural resources in sustainable ways, aiming at both cultural democracy and cultural sustainability.

The empowerment and actual involvement of different sectors in the governance of culture is still largely undeveloped; one reason for this is the lack of know-how that would enable the more active and knowledgeable involvement of local communities members in the sustainable administration of their heritage and cultural resources. This kind of empowerment of various sectors of society could further foster grassroots ownership of cultural assets, gradually enabling the administration of cultural heritage within a sustainability framework.

In this context, CUBES targets the local communities members, local authorities leaders representatives, public staff, NGOs CSOs, private public key-players in the cultural sector; its objectives are:

  • to empower local communities in the participating countries with knowledge and awareness on significant aspects of cultural administration and sustainable development

  • to provide target groups with all the necessary knowledge so that they can act as access point-role mentors in the local communities, taking up the responsibility of informing, guiding, mentoring as Boosters, now the other members of the communities in a series of cultural management sustainability framework

  • to give the chance to youth & women of these local communities to be in the leading and take the opportunity to be also these ‘boosters’ in their communities

  • to take advantage of the opportunities offered by ICT and digitize the quality of learning content as a driver for systematic change in cultural administration sustainability and for an increase in the quality of training

  • to create and deliver innovative products and training digital tools – as tailored needs learning resources – based on differentiation methodologies and adult education approaches.