The Royal Museums are at the forefront of the important European project called SYNOPSIS, aimed at identifying a new professional figure, absent in the European landscape: the storyteller and cultural fundraiser.
From May 10 to 12 2022, the partners of the project, from Italy, Belgium, Greece and Spain, met in Turin, in Musei Reali, to verify and validate the contents of the course, online and free, created during the two years of work.
On the project Web site the training course and some good practices that emerged during the work have been made available.
There are some interesting examples mapped online, like the initiative “Art is a common good”. Support Casa degli Artisti”, has been designed in order to find the funds to prevent the closure of the only public residence for artists in Italy, the Casa degli Artisti in Milan during the pandemic period.
At the end of this campaign, the goal – to collect 20,000 euros in 45 days – has been greatly exceeded! Find out more
In May a learning and training event took place for the Synopsis – Storytelling for Cultural Heritage Fundraising project in Turin, Italy. Besides getting to know the city and visiting the amazing exhibitions currently on display in Musei Reali Torino
The participants worked through hands-on testing of the 4 modules of the training materials developed during recent months, in order to offer high quality training content on #storytelling and fundraising knowledge and skills for the SYNOPSIS target groups.
Check out the video to have a look at our experiences there!
The participants thanked Musei Reali Torino for hosting such a wonderful event and the project partners for developing useful professional development content.
The SYNOPSIS project started in October 2019 with the aim of defining a new professional role for cultural heritage site managers and staff as well as young Humanities graduates regarding the usage of Storytelling for fundraising purposes.
So far, the project partners Musei Reali Torino, Fondazione ente Ville Vesuviane and Sineglossa from Italy, Cooperation Bancaire pour l’ Europe and Eurogeo VZW from Belgium, Eolas S.L. from Spain and IDEC from Greece, have concluded the first project output which comprises a collection of Good Practices for each partner country and placed the Cultural Heritage sites that are considered leaders in good practice, onto a dedicated geo-map.
Visit the geo-map
The SYNOPSIS project partners have been working on the development of storytelling and fundraising aspects among cultural heritage professionals. Case studies from different countries have been researched and now the project team are considering the curriculum necessary for training in these areas.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions in Europe, face-to-face meetings of the partners are not possible at the moment. As a result regular partner meetings are being organised.
A project area has been created on ResearchGate where results of the project will be shared. Visit ResearchGate to find out more
Understanding the role and relevance of storytelling and fundraising in the cultural heritage sector is the main aim of the SYNOPSIS project. In order to develop this the project team have been carrying out interviews with professionals working in the sector.
Under COVID restrictions this has not been easy to complete as closures have been widespread. So the partners have decided to gather information using online methods. Therefore, SYNOPSIS partners are carrying out a short survey of those working in the cultural heritage sector. So if you are involved in cultural heritage, we invite you to support the project activities by answering a very short survey on fundraising and storytelling in the sector.
Link to the survey