ACROSS GENERATIONS – Learning from Art, Culture and Each Other

ACROSS GENERATIONS is a project of the Goethe-Institutes in South-East Europe and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in cooperation with seven partner museums in South-East Europe.

The importance of dialogue between different age groups is of great significance for social coexistence, which is undergoing major changes worldwide. In this Context, the following questions come into focus: How can younger and older people learn from each other in mutual exchange? Which topics are of equal interest to younger and older people? What role can the museum and its collections play in this? 

ACROSS GENERATIONS has been a prototypical project in the field of cultural education since 2021. For two years, the project will test on several levels how collaborative action and knowledge transfer between different generations can be promoted in dealing with art and cultural history objects in the museum. The potentials that the museum offers as a new leisure and meeting place for intergenerational associations will be explored. In addition, the project will examine the benefits that cultural institutions can draw from the experiences with the new user group. 

The project is based on the expectation that an "international view" of intergenerational learning and experience will provide valuable insights for everyday work with visitors of different origins and ages as well as impulses for the urgently needed diversification of cultural institutions. A transnational exchange on the currently strongly changing and differentiating family concepts as well as political and social changes accompany the professional debate.

In a transnational exchange, education officers from different museums develop formats and methods for intergenerational education work in museums within the framework of a training series. A jointly developed digital method box sustainably secures the results of the project and enables the transfer of the developed concepts to other cultural institutions.