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.
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!
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.
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.
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.