The project “Cultural Participation and Cultural Heritage” was launched at the beginning of 2015, and five years later we still do not consider it finished, since it strives to encourage the cultural participation of children and youth. It is a long-term task of all actors in the development of culture in the broadest sense of the term—one needs to constantly come up with original solutions and new approaches so that children and youth would use their right to participate in cultural life.
Cultural heritage is the driver of social memory and crucial for the development
of cultural identity and the sense of dignity and confidence of members of society. Cultural heritage as a concept encompasses a diverse and wide range of our ancestors’ achievements, passed down to us to employ them for the progress of our society, enriching them with our innovations and passing them down to our offspring. One should note that the new generations have grown up in a completely different world, shaped by the most recent informational and communicational technologies, which brings many challenges both in terms of the education of young generations and in terms of the form of transmitting heritage.
With this in mind, a database called “Culture and Other Children’s Games” was designed, aimed at cultural institution workers and educators, which will present in an illustrative way the participative and educational programs for children in Serbian museums, researched in 2017 and 2018, as well as the activities and experiences of children’s and youth amateur theater groups in Serbia, which have been studied since 2019 to gain an understanding of the active participation of children and youth.
The research showed that there is great enthusiasm for effectively connecting culture and education both among employers in cultural institutions and among teachers of homeroom and regular classes. However, long-term systematic solutions are needed to establish enthusiasm as a rule and not an exception.