Translating Sustainability into 16 Languages

by Stichting Ki Culture
Translating Sustainability into 16 Languages

Happy new year to the Ki Culture community! Thank you to all the generous donors who continue to make Ki Culture’s work possible. We are delighted to report that the Ki Futures Pilot Program was a huge success! Ki Futures is a core element to Ki Culture’s founding vision, and it was incredibly rewarding to see the pilot community come together and make the vision a reality. If you have not yet heard of this international program that connects institutions, cultural professionals, and sustainability specialists with each other and the resources needed to effect sustainable change in the arts and culture sectors, come have a look on our website or social media!

The Ki Futures model recognises that saving the arts and saving the world is a collaborative and continuous endeavor, and upon conclusion of the Pilot, the official program began in January 2022! Participants from across the world have enrolled in the program, such as The Henry Ford Museum (USA), Estonian Art Museum (Estonia), Terra Foundation for American Art (France/USA), The National Museum of Lagos (Nigeria), Museo Moderno (Argentina), and M Leuven (Belgium).

Over the past few months, a number of new volunteers have joined us from across the globe, and will play an integral part in running the organization. If you, or someone you know, is interested in volunteering with Ki Culture, contact us at info@kiculture.org. You do not need to be a cultural professional or a sustainability expert! There are so many facets to this work that we can surely find a place for your talents. If you, or anyone you know, would like to help with translations, fundraising, business administration, coordinating or project management, please let us know. This is a co-creative community and the more input we get, the better outputs we can provide!

Ki Culture continues to engage with numerous projects and programming, including preparing for the release of our next three Ki Books due out this year: Education & Engagement, Exhibitions, and Sustainable Tourism. We also continue to be active in various publications and conferences, spreading the word and inspiring the sector globally.

As we welcome the new and continuing participants of Ki Futures, we feel immense gratitude towards the pilot cohort for leading fearlessly and inspiring hope throughout the sector, and to our supporters and donors as we continue to bring sustainability to the culture sector.

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Greetings to the Ki Culture community! Thank you to all the generous donors who continue to make Ki Culture’s work possible. Through your support, we are on our way to achieve our goal of making the Ki Books accessible to all.  Navigating the last year and a half has been challenging to say the least, but our efforts came to fruition this September: we launched the Ki Futures Pilot Program! Ki Futures is a core element to Ki Culture’s founding vision, and it is incredibly rewarding to see the pilot community come together and make the vision a reality. If you have not yet heard of this program that connects institutions, cultural professionals, and sustainability specialists with each other and the resources needed to effect sustainable change in the arts and culture sectors, please check out our website or social media!

The Ki Futures model recognises that saving the arts and saving the world is a collaborative and continuous endeavour, and in addition to this exciting program, we continue to offer additional outputs, including Ki Trainings and Instagram Live events, where we share knowledge and success stories. Ki Culture continues to gain popularity, and we were excited to get mentions on a variety of platforms, from the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art to The Art Newspaper. In July, Ki Culture joined forces with our Partners for Arts Climate Targets as a founding member. Later in October, Caitlin Southwick, our Founder and Executive Director, was the keynote speaker at the 32nd Austrian Museums Day celebrations in Graz, where she spoke about the Culture & Heritage Goals - a teaching tool which translated the SDGs to the context of culture. Ki Culture continues to develop the Ki Books and the next two are being written (Exhibitions and Education & Engagement) and will be available in early 2022. The Ki Books are also currently being translated into multiple languages and into an interactive website. Keep posted for when we are able to bring these to the app stage. 

We are also so excited that Sustainability in Conservation, our sister organization, is preparing to launch its Greener Solvents Handbook. One of the most pressing issues in art conservation is the use of toxic chemicals, which are damaging not only to the planet, but also the conservators - causing cancer and premature death in our colleagues around the world. Finding healthier and more environmentally friendly ways to preserve our culture is the heart of SiC’s work, and we are thrilled to bring this open source publication to the sector to provide information about healthier choices for the field. The Handbook will be followed up with an international research program and digital platform for dissemination as well as conferences to continue development and dissemination of information about this important topic. 

We encourage you to keep us in mind for Giving Tuesday in November, but please remember that there is more than one way to give. If you are interested in volunteering with Ki Culture, contact us at peopleandculture@kiculture.org. You do not need to be a cultural professional or a sustainability expert! There are so many facets to this work that we can surely find a place for your talents. If you or anyone you know can help with translations, fundraising, business administration, coordinating or project management, please get in touch.

Thank you to the Ki Futures pilot cohort for leading fearlessly and inspiring hope throughout the sector, thank you to our PACT partners for recognising our strength together, and thank you to our supporters and donors as we embark on this exciting next phase of Ki Culture.

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Overview

The partnership between Stichting Ki Culture and GlobalGiving continues to support a future of sustainability in the cultural heritage sector. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, Ki Culture has so far raised over 11,000 euros on the GlobalGiving platform! ‘Translating Sustainability into 16 Languages’ was created with the vision to make sustainability accessible to a wider range of cultural professionals, by translating the Ki Books into 16 most widely spoken languages in the world. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are on our way to achieving our goal. Both of our current projects continue to remain active, and any donations will go a long way in helping Ki Culture achieve its mission of contributing to a sustainable future through the cultural sector. 

 

Ki Trainings

It has been a busy past few months for the Ki team! After the release of three Ki Books in January this year, Ki Culture started a soft-launch of the Ki Trainings, a supplement to our Ki Books. These Trainings offered individuals deep dives into social and environmental themes, combining theoretical insights and practical applications tailored for cultural professionals. They were live, interactive sessions used to complement the information provided in the Ki Books and to spur action and conversation about solutions available on a local scale. Topics covered through these trainings included ‘Accessibility 101: how to make your museum more accessible’, and ‘Climate Change Awareness for Cultural Professionals’, and were well-received by participants. 

Additionally, we were thrilled to be able to offer scholarships to seven members of ICOM Mozambique to participate in our training session on Accessibility. Thank you for helping support making sustainability accessible to all! 

 

Ki Team 

The Ki team continues to expand - we now have over 100 volunteers in the organization working from all over the world. It is with their incredible dedication and your great support that we have been able to continue our work and develop our Ki Futures program, the Pilot of which launched this September. 

 

Ki Futures

The Ki Futures program fulfills the mission of Ki Culture by providing all of the resources, tools, and support that cultural professionals and entities need in order to successfully engage with sustainability. The program includes training, personal coaches, and an online platform to connect actors around the world to inspire and share best practices. The Ki Port is in its beta phase and will be tested by our pilot participants. We are honored to have seven Ki Coaches from all over the world joining in developing the methodologies for the program and mentoring our Ki Champions. Additionally, we are thrilled to be training coaches from Buenos Aires and Lagos. Our first confirmed pilot participant was, appropriately, the Henry Ford Museum. An innovator and visionary, the Henry Ford Museum represents Ki Futures, and will be joined by museums, galleries, art shipping companies, artists, and other cultural entities from North America, South America, Europe, and Africa. The Pilot will run for three months in anticipation of the program launching publically in January 2022. 

 

Other Activities 

Ki Culture continues to be very active in participating in conferences, as experts and panelists, appearing on podcasts and in interviews and articles. Our social media is growing rapidly, reaching over 1.000 followers on Instagram and launching a new blog space on Medium. We are also busy reaching into funds from the European Commission and are proud participants in the ERASMUS + project CHERISHED as well as applicants for another ERASMUS + project and two HORIZON EUROPE projects. Ki Culture continues to develop our next series of Ki Books, starting with the highly anticipated Exhibitions book, which will launch in January 2022. 

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Stichting Ki Culture

Location: Amsterdam, North Holland - Netherlands
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Caitlin Southwick
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Caitlin Southwick
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