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The Community Maps of the Trentino Ecomuseums

The Community Maps are "cultural maps" made by local communities.

Brief description

The Community maps are "cultural maps" made by local communities; they are one of the activities promoted by Ecomuseums. Several different methods can be used to create a Community Map: a specific method fitting to every community doesn't exist. A map can consist of a graphic, video, theatre work ,...

In order to create a Community Map in which the whole community can identify itself, one of the fundamental tools for its creation is the willingness of each participant to pool his sensivity, knowledges and skills.



The creation of a Community Map aims at stimulating the involved local people to reflect on their own territory and on its potential, thus encouraging the enhancement of local resources, as well as the development of their potential.


Operational objectives aimed at reaching the final aim:

  • Creation of a paper (or other materials) map and of videos aimed at promoting it.

Exchange on the work experiences among the Ecomuseums belonging to the Ecomuseums Network and between them and the national Ecomuseums.


Both representatives and local communities, by means of the Map creation, have gained a deeper consciousness of their own territory and a willingness to start actions aiming at enhance or preserve the identified heritage


A Community Map creation encourages the collaboration between a territory's different stakeholders and a sinergy between the single projects and the whole community's expectations.

The identification of common objectives fosters the birth of new local development strategies and new job opportunities for the young generations.

WHY is the best practice considered as good

Active participation of the community to the evaluation of its own territory resources and of its own culture;

creation of one or more motivated working groups;

growth of the consciousness of the resources present on the local territory;

individuation of actions and projects aimed at restoring, preserving and enhancing the territory

WHAT are the measurable results

Start of noticeable actions and projects aimed at restoring, preserving and enhancing the territory


Each Ecomuseum produced a map, constituted by printed or digital material, with the the aim of divulgating information and knowledges on its territory. The considerations included in the Maps stimulated the Ecomuseums, each in its own way and time, to create information boards,in-depth publications, divulgation events and new thematic routes.

The Ecomuseums maps have been collected on 25 boards in a union exhibition. The exhibition, which was inaugurated  o the 21 June 2011 and during 2011 is going to be hosted in turn by each Ecomuseum.

New opportunities created on the local level

Increase of the social cohesion in little local communities, otherwise threatened by depopulation and loss of shared culture

Involvement of young people in culture preservation

Enhancement of the local communities' cultural values, knowledges and know-how

Formulation of new cultural-touristic offers

Creation of new job opportunities both in the cultural and in the tourism sectors

Financial resources

In order to realise the Map each Ecomuseum cooperated with one or more groups belonging to the local community, which worked on the Map as volunteers.


The financial resources for the Map publication, on paper or on other materials, varied between € 500,00 and € 5000,00, depending on the chosen operational mode and the number of published copies.

Possibility of tansferring the best practice

The Community Maps are a practice of participative reflection which was born in England in the early Eighties. They have been adopted in Italian Ecomuseums since about ten years ago and the diffusion of their use contributed to optimize and improve the work methodology and the results dissemination thanks to the Local Worlds network.

Currently the Community Maps are used in many local communities as a means for local culture enhancement; the practice can easily be transferred to other local communities but a well-trained subject on participative methods is needed to start the process and involve the stakeholders.

The Trentino Ecomuseums Networks belongs to the the national network Local Words - Mondi Locali, which organizes seminars and workshops to promote an exchange between Italian and European Ecomuseums on the themes of participation and the creation of Maps.

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