The “Museum in the Village” project at the European Cultural Heritage Summit 2022

The “Museum in the Village” project was honored during the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2022 ceremony at the European Cultural Heritage Summit in the Czech Republic. The first two days of this summit, dedicated to European cultural heritage, highlighted the 30 awardees of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2022.

The “Museum in the Village” project, promoted by SAMP, among these 30 projects, representing 18 countries within the European Union. Its purpose was the conservation and promotion of cultural heritage within their communities, making it the first Portuguese project to be recognized in the category of ‘Citizens’ Engagement and Awareness.’

On the Excellence Day, September 25th, each project’s intervention model was presented. The second day featured the Awards Ceremony at the State Opera of Prague, where the awardees received their distinctions announced in June of this year.

This momentous occasion marked the summit’s highlight and was attended by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, and Youth, and Hermann Parzinger, Executive President of Europa Nostra. Running from September 25 to 27, this event was part of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union, organized by Europa Nostra with the support of the European Union in collaboration with other European and Italian partners. It is represented in Portugal by the National Center for Culture. The summit takes place under the patronage of the European Parliament, the Slovenian Presidency of the EU Council, and the Italian Ministry of Culture.

Representing the “Museum in the Village” project were SAMP professionals Professor Paulo Lameiro, also Coordinator of the Executive Group of the Culture Network, Museologist Gabriela Rocha, and Producer Telma Pereira. Additionally, Dr. Ana Valentim, Councilwoman of Leiria Municipal Council, and Dr. Vânia Carvalho, Coordinator of the Leiria Museum, attended on behalf of the project’s Social Investor, Leiria Municipal Council, and the Museums Working Group, respectively.

It was an immense honor for SAMP to be present at this renowned ceremony and to be recognized at the European level for one of its social intervention projects, epitomizing the mission to bring Art and Music into people’s lives.

We express our gratitude to all involved, who have contributed greatly to making Art a place of encounter and sharing!

The “Museum in the Village” project is co-financed by PO ISE – Portugal 2020, through the Portugal Social Innovation Initiative, with Leiria Municipal Council as the Social Investor. The Culture Network is a partner, bringing together Museums, Municipal Councils, Parish Councils, Associations, and Institutions from the 26 networked municipalities. It also has the support of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, the Union of Parishes of Leiria, Pousos, Barreira, and Cortes, among many others who have joined this creative and innovative initiative.