Enterprising & Innovation

Project “Unit of Innovation and Enterprise of the University of the Peloponnese”

(Operational Programme “Education and Lifelong Learning”, National Strategic Reference Framework 2007-2013, co-funded by the European Social Fund and national resources)

Academic Supervisor: Dr. Athanasios Kriemadis, Professor

Departmental Supervisor: Dr. Ioanna Spiliopoulou, Assistant Professor

Instructor: Dr. Maria Kouri, Lecturer

Reaching out to the Local Community

The Project “Enterprising and Innovation” offered a great opportunity for students to gain theoretical knowledge as well as hands-on experience on different aspects of cultural enterprising, innovation production and marketing.

Furthermore, the Project led to establishing new synergies with prominent local cultural institutions, linking students with the professional world. In the framework of this Project teams of students designed, applied, marketed and evaluated original educational programmes on behalf of three local museums for different target groups.

The educational programmes created and offered to the local community sought to cover the cooperating institutions’ market gaps and were based on modern theories of museum education and cultural administration. The following programmes were applied:

 

Date Cooperating Institution Title of Programme Target Group
2013-2014 Gallery of Modern Greek Art, Kalamata

“For a voyage in Art…”

 

Based on the museum’s collections of Modern Greek Art

Elementary School, 5th and 6th Grades.

2012-2013

Military Museum of Kalamata

The world called us Crazy…”

A true fairy-tale by the Old man of the Morea with you as his wingperson!

Based on the museum’s collections on the Greek War of Independence

Elementary School, 5th and 6th Grades.
2011-2012

Archaeological Museum of Messenia

“The Return of the King”

Based on the museum’s collection related to the mythical Kingdom of Nestor of Pylos

Grandparents with their grandchildren
2011-2012

Archaeological Museum of Messenia

“Voyage to the History of Coin”

 

Based on the museum’s numismatic collection

Senior citizens

 

 

 

 

 

The Project’s impact was multi-faceted. In addition to training students in the practical aspects of museum education and cultural management, it strengthened relations between the University and the local community.

The collaborations gained wide coverage by local media, as well as glowing evaluations by participants. Particularly the programme “Voyage to the History of Coin” was selected by the Archaeological Museum of Messenia to be offered during the European Days of Cultural Heritage 2012 and the International Day of Older Persons.

 

Case Studies

In the framework of the same project, two case studies on the cultural sector were commissioned and carried out, to be applied also as teaching and lecturing material:

Spiliopoulou, I. and M. Kouri. 2011. The School of Humanities and Cultural Studies of the University of the Peloponnese as a factor of local and regional development: innovative design of cultural tourism routes in Messenia. Commissioned by the University of the Peloponnese.

An updated version of the case study was published in the Sustainable Development, Culture, Traditions Journal (2014, vol.1a, 2a, 103-124). Read the abstract  .

Spiliopoulou, I. and M. Kouri. 2012. Case Study for the cultural sector. Management of arts organisations: the Kalamata International Dance Festival. Commissioned by the University of the Peloponnese.