In 2015, ASEMUS’ Educational Exchange and Outreach Programme  supports a project submitted by staff at the Shanghai Museum  (China) and the Latvian National Museum of Art  (Latvia).
The project will enable Ma Yunjie , Museum Educator, at the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, and Kristine Milere , Curator of Education, Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, to spend two weeks at each other’s museum.
The aim of the exchange visits is to exchange, understand and gain knowledge about each other’s cultures, collection and strategies in audience engagement.
Referring to the exchange and its expected impact on her own work, Ma Yunjie explains that:
“As an international metropolis, Shanghai’s image and culture can be represented by an international museum. The exchange programme organized by the Asia-Europe Museum Network offers us a quite precious opportunity to increase our knowledge and communicate with colleagues in Europe. Through the platform for ASEMUS, I will certainly not only increase my professional knowledge and level but also get to know and learn more about the format of exhibitions and education in different museums and art galleries all over the world as well. This exchange programme will definitely broaden my professional horizon and enrich my working and life experience. Museums in China are still developing and the education in China’s museums is on its way trying to find its specific way. Thus, the educators in the museums need to upgrade themselves all the time.”
On the other hand, Kristine Milere describes her aims as follows:
“First I would like to point out that ASEMUS’ Educational Exchange and Outreach Programme will not only benefit me and my museum work, but in a larger scale it will benefit all visitors of the Art Museum “Riga Bourse”, because with the participation in the programme the museum will have the opportunity to organize education programs with good quality about Chinese art and culture. It will not only help to create specific education programmes, but also help to build strong and trustful collaboration between the museums, which will help the Art Museum “Riga Bourse” to organize Chinese art exhibitions and introduce Chinese culture to museum visitors. All in all it will promote a deeper understanding of the Chinese culture values and the distinction of the Chinese art in Latvia.
Secondly, the exchange will help me to broaden my knowledge of Chinese culture and art. It will help me to understand the art and culture through real-life experience and communication. The presence of the real object and the real cultural environment will give me a better understanding of the culture. I think that you need to fully understand the art and culture to be able to teach it and tell its story to others.
And thirdly the participation in the exchange will of course benefit my current work in the Art Museum “Riga Bourse”, because, with the acquired knowledge, I would be able to create education programmes for different target audiences, where I could help visitors of the museum to understand Chinese culture and art and to get a closer look of what secrets it holds.
As a conclusion I would like to add that I believe that every exchange benefits the people who participate in it and the environment around him or her, because it allows to get acquainted with new ideas, experiences and values.”
ASEMUS’ Educational Exchange and Outreach Programme enhances the professional development of museum educators in Asia and Europe and strengthens connections and cultural understanding between the two regions. The ASEMUS website contains information about previous exchanges .
This is the final round of the ASEMUS Educational Exchange and Outreach Programme