Adirondack and Finnish Communities to Share Experiences and Ideas
The American Association of Museums (AAM) recently announced The Wild Center as one of the recipients of its Museums & Community Collaborations Abroad (MCCA) grant program. In partnership with Heureka/The Finnish Science Center, The Wild Center submitted an application for the grant titled, “Connecting Finnish and Adirondack Communities: Science Museums Facilitating Awareness and Action on Climate and Energy”.
The Heureka Science Center: For the next year delegations from Finland and the Adirondacks will compare ideas and notes on science and climate.
The purpose of the project is to facilitate an exchange of experiences between local communities in Finland and the Adirondacks, discussing community learning and action on energy saving, climate issues, and “green” practices supporting the regions’ commitment to sustainable tourism. The goal of the project is to help communities served by The Wild Center and Heureka to exchange experiences and discuss the need for more information related to climate and energy action. Participants and their communities will have an increased understanding of the global nature of the problem and shared commitment to solutions.
Teams from the Adirondacks and Finland, including Wild Center and Heureka staff, as well as community members from each location will visit each other. Each country will send different teams of four different people – one group focused on education; one on forests and economic issues - for two trips in total. During and after each visit, there will be community outreach, lectures and workshops as well as sharing with the online community through the Internet.
The Finnish delegation visited the Adirondacks first in November 2010. They brought an international perspective to the second Adirondack Youth Climate Summit at The Wild Center. On November 12th, 2010 they participated in Wintergreen: A conversation about the future of winter recreation, sports and culture in the Adirondacks, an open forum to discuss how climate change will effect the essence of life in the Adirondacks. For more information about these events, please visit www.wildcenter.org.
Communities around the northern world are seeking ways of participating in climate change action reducing carbon and saving energy locally. They are starting to notice changes in the climate that may affect their winter cultures, lifestyles and economies. In the two regions participating in the project, science centers and museums are facilitating that exploration and raising awareness of why action is important.
MCCA is an AAM grant program designed to foster museum-based international exchanges in which members of the museums’ communities play a leading role in shaping their own collaborative experience. These innovative, museum-based exchanges strengthen connections between museums and their communities as well as the connections of US citizens and people abroad through direct community engagement. The project was one of nine selected partnering museums in Taiwan and Colorado, South Africa and Alabama, and Kenya and Ohio. Funding for MCCA is provided through a partnership with the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Updates about the project will be posted here.