Cultural management from a sustainable perspective

18th April 2024

Good practices

Cultural management from a sustainable perspective

Bringing culture to more and more groups: that’s the slogan of Trencadís, a company based in Sant Joan Despí that works to promote diverse artistic and historical expressions, from heritage to tradition, through activities and workshops for all kinds of people.

Exhibitions, educational visits, guided tours... these are just some of the initiatives Trencadís offers. Always based on thorough research, they first investigate the topic to be addressed, and then support the creation of new projects that celebrate the historical, artistic and cultural heritage.

With the goal of making knowledge more accessible to everyone, their content creation always takes the interests and unique features of different groups into account. One example is how Trencadís works to adapt their activities for people with visual impairments.

For example, they make sure that their visits include activities that involve the sense of touch, an inclusive way of discovering heritage sites that may be highly meaningful for some people.

They implement this commitment to social responsibility by adapting their resources and taking great care in the design of their activities. This isn’t always easy, but it’s possible if there’s a desire to help share knowledge with everyone.

The eco-friendly point of view

As part of their mission to promote the cultural heritage, Trencadís also seeks to include an environmental perspective in all their activities. For example, if they’re working on Modernisme, they spotlight trencadís, or broken tile mosaics, as a recycling technique based on reusing available resources.

Or if they’re covering the topic of farmhouses, they show how these traditional sites were a way of maintaining close ties with the environment, a connection that has now largely been lost.

At the same time, Trencadís is always exploring how the environment has shaped culture, and how there are still close ties between both. For example, on their tour of the Llobregat River, they not only show the environmental aspects but also immerse visitors in the centuries-long relationship between humans and water.

Biosphere has proven highly useful in this responsible management process. Since becoming certified, Trencadís has started to view its practices from a different perspective.

It’s no longer about just doing what they can, but rather about a more systematic and orderly implementation. The training-based guidance they receive from Biosphere plays a key role in this regard, as it helps them carry out inclusive cultural management, always from a sustainability perspective.

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