The Heritage Academy Alumni Association

The Heritage Academy Alumni Association

The Heritage Academy Alumni Association (in Polish SAAD – Stowarzyszenie Absolwentów Akademii Dziedzictwa) was founded in 2006 in Krakow by an interdisciplinary group of alumni of postgraduate heritage management studies convinced of the need to continue searching for ideas and solutions to problems connected with broadly understood monument, heritage and landscape protection and management through discussion, research and  practical actions following post-graduate studies at the Academy of Heritage.

This interdisciplinary post-graduate programme is offered jointly by the Krakow University of Economics and the International Cultural Centre in Krakow focused on contemporary problems and issues of heritage management and protection, both cultural and natural, of local but also of universal meaning, in Poland and abroad.

Because of diversity of approaches and stress on the contemporary use of heritage and its potential for social and economic development of localities and sites, the association brings together persons with very diverse backgrounds and work experience – ranging from art historians, historians, archaeologists and architects to geographers, environment protection specialists, economists and sociologists, working for local administration, universities, cultural and civic centres. We wish to, through organizing conferences, seminars, workshops, exhibitions, professional trainings, promotion and publication oriented activities and different actions, join in the broader process of mobilising and building of a civil society for cultural and natural heritage.

The main statutory aims of the Association are as follows:
  • promotion of attitudes, initiatives and actions conducive towards and supporting heritage protection and sustainable development respecting natural and cultural resources;
  • activities aimed at increasing appreciation and respect for cultural and natural heritage;
  • promotion and stimulation of initiatives of creating heritage protection and management strategies, strategies of empowerment of local population through the discovery and use of local heritage resources;
  • research on the issues of heritage management, cultural regions, cultures of ethnic minorities and borderland areas;
  • integration of scientific research, educational programmes and promotional activities linked with European cultural heritage;
  • searching for and learning of innovative approaches towards protection and management of heritage developed abroad  trying to make use of them in the Polish context;
  • developing knowledge, professional experience and qualifications of the association’s members.
The Association implements its statutory aims thorough:
  • organisation and implementation of own programmes developed by its members as well as participation in the programmes of cooperating organisations;
  • preparing publications in different forms and publishing on the issues linked with its activities;
  • cooperation with domestic and international organisations with similar statutory aims;
  • participation in study tours, seminars, scientific workshops and conferences.
The Heritage Academy Alumni Association undertakes projects which on the one hand lead to the personal and professional development of its members, on the other, help to save and preserve valuable monuments and support local communities in Poland and other European countries.

Projects organized and implemented form the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage grants:
  • Conservation and restoration works in the treasures of Polish culture in Ukraine - rescuing monumental paintings in the 16th century church in Dobromil, a Ministry of Culture and National Heritage grant of PLN 55 309;
  • Intervention-type of conservation and restoration works of the wall paintings in the Armenian Cathedral in Lviv (Ukraine), 2nd stage, grant of PLN 114 867;
  • Conservation and restoration works of wall paintings of Jan Henryk Rosen in the Armenian Cathedral in Lviv, 3rd stage, total costs: PLN 192 318;
  • Scientific conference Problems of conservation and restoration of stone details on facades of historic buildings, grant of PLN 34 506;
  • Conservation and restoration works of wall paintings of Jan Henryk Rosen in the Armenian Cathedral in Lviv, 4th stage, total costs: PLN 64 800;
  • Conservation and restoration works of wall paintings of Jan Henryk Rosen in the Armenian Cathedral in Lviv, 3rd stage, total costs: PLN 192 318;
  • Conservation of side portal in the baroque church of Announciation of the Virgin (the church of the Bridgettine cloister) in Grodno (Belarus); grant of PLN 47 300;
  • Conservation and restoration works of wall paintings of Jan Henryk Rosen in the Armenian Cathedral in Lviv, 5th stage, total costs PLN 129 377;
  • Conservation, restoration and reconstruction works in the Tyszkiewicz Family Palace in Zatrocze (Republic of Lithuania). Next stage. A grant of PLN 98 400);
  • Conservation and restoration of wall paintings of Jan Henryk Rosen in the Armenian Cathedral in Lviv (Ukraine). 6th stage (Ministry of Culture and National Heritage grant of PLN 98 400).
  • Conservation, restoration and reconstruction works in the Tyszkiewicz Family Palace in Zatrocze (Republic of Lithuania). Next stage (the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage grant),
  • Conservation and restoration works of wall paintings of Jan Henryk Rosen in the Armenian Cathedral in Lviv, 7th stage (the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage grant).
  • Conservation and restoration works of wall paintings of Jan Henryk Rosen in the Armenian Cathedral in Lviv, 8th stage.
  • Interventional conservation work of Norblin’ paintings in the palace in Morvia – 2nd stage.

Projects organised and implemented from the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and Foundation for Citizens’ Iniviatives grants:
  • Eco-museum – let’s protect local culture – a project aimed at activating residents of agricultural regions, especially young persons from 12 local communes of South Malopolska (Krakow) region by discovering the potential of local culture, heritage and traditions, total costs: PLN 121 650;
  • Atelier of the Muses in Lanckorona – support for talented persons and heritage promotions, grant of PLN 215 600, a two-year project;
  • Meeting with culture – 6th International Guitar Festival in Lanckorona (The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and Foundation for Citizens’ Initiatives grant).
Other projects organized and implemented in the past few years:
  • Scientific support to cultural leaders of the Byelorussian countryside natural-cultural routes (Greenways) – a Programme of the RITA Foundation for Education for Democracy, grant of PLN 25 000;
  • Atelier of the Muses in Lanckorona – interpretation of Lanckorona’s cultural heritage, grant of PLN 7000.
Study tours for the members of the association:
  • Niepołomice as an example of heritage restoration and management, June 2006;
  • The multicultural heritage of Gdańsk, October 2007;
  • Heritage management in the Wielkopolska (Poznań) region, June 2008;
  • At the crossroads of cultures near the Bug rive” May 2010;
  • Lviv, October 2013;
  • Podlasie Region, September 2014.
We are open to new ideas and possibilities of cooperation with partners interested in the organisation and implementation of projects on heritage related issues, especially projects focused on the heritage of Central and Eastern Europe.
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