I had the honour of including a Good practice submission to The Wiki-Inventory for Living Heritage. Active listening is a way of safeguarding living tradition.
"Active Listening and Sharpening Self-Awareness are both communication and mindset techniques that are part of anti-racist practices. Kirsten Ivey-Colsen and Lynn Turner state, “Anti-racism is a way of life. Like starting any new habit, anti-racism requires a conscious decision to pursue it as a goal and way of being. Intention brings mindful presence and awareness to what we say and what we do.” In regards to Living Heritage, Active Listening and Sharpening Self-Awareness can improve as well as bring to light our personal histories as they are carried in our beliefs, thoughts, expressions, identities, and cultural experiences. These practices can cultivate ‘cultural self-awareness’, which can in turn enhance intercultural understanding. We may not all be in agreement, but having awareness of and truly listening to what is underlying in the narrative will bring us closer to having a deeper understanding and perhaps acceptance of different ways of appreciating unique and diverse living heritages."
Read the whole article here.
I have the pleasure to work as an Ambassador of Living Heritage for the Finnish Heritage Agency (Museovirasto).
On December 14th, I will be giving two workshops in Helsinki. Both have the same content.
The first workshop, from 9:30-11:30, will be at The National Museum of Finland.
The second one, from 15:00-17:00, will be at Myymälä2 gallery.
In these 2-hour workshops you will hear more about the UNESCO Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. In the workshop we will together discuss and collect information on your living heritage and choose elements that could be added to the Wiki-inventory for Living Heritage.
Participation is free. People of all ages and walks of life are welcome! This is a great opportunity for your voice to be heard and to see how your existence makes a mark on our social fabric.
Please send an email to Arlene if you know which session you would like to participate in. Email her at arlene.dearyou(at)gmail.com.
Hope to see you there!
Living heritage or intangible cultural heritage (ICH) means practices, expressions, knowledge and skills that communities recognize as part of their cultural heritage. It can include for example performing arts, crafts, oral traditions, social practices and festivities or knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe. The project is related to the UNESCO Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Read here more about the work under the Convention in Finland.
The aim of the project is to bring new examples to the Wiki-inventory for Living Heritage representing various cultural groups in Finland. The Wiki was opened in 2016 to bring visibility to living heritage in Finland. It has now over 200 articles from 250 communities all around Finland. Among existing examples are the Singing tradition of Finnish Roma people and African Music and dance in Finland, but there are gaps and cultural diversity is not very well represented in the inventory. Find here all articles in Finnish and all translated to English. The Wiki was visited by over 100 000 people from 150 countries in 2021.
The language of the workshop is English, but in the process it is possible to use other languages. In the Wiki the articles need to be in Finnish or Swedish, but it is encouraged to use other languages as well.
For the fall 2022 project, seven people from culturally diverse backgrounds have been selected as Ambassadors of Living Heritage. The project is coordinated by the Finnish Heritage Agency together with Arts Promotion Centre Taike, Culture for All and Globe Art Point.The aim of the project is to bring more visibility to culturally diverse living heritage in Finland, to inspire discussion on how various groups participate in the safeguarding of living heritage in Finland and what measures could be developed.
Arlene Tucker is an artist, diversity agent, and educator currently based in Joutsa, Finland.