NDPC launches a new programme: “Northern Dimension Youth and Museums for Sustainability”

With our Northern Dimension Youth and Museums for Sustainability programme, we encourage the museum and exhibition hall sector to open up for new collaborations with young adults. The aim is to co-create new educational models to  introduce youth to sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals within the museum framework.

NEMO “Learning in Museums and Young People” study* states, that new media and digital tools is the new trend, which should be included in the museum strategies. Young adults are eager to learn through the digital multimedia sphere rather than the static museum and exhibition hall environment. The report states as well that by involving the young people into museum as peer educators or peer colleagues is an important key to create conncection between museums and the youth.

Now in the European Year of Youth 2022, we are looking for museums and exhibition halls that are looking forward to face the challenges of sustainability in collaboration with young audiences. We are also looking for young adults, who are eager to team up to solve challenges together with the museums. The project provides a space for learning and means for a meaningful and fun event for all its participants. Moreover, the project will support three winning ideas to be implemented within the respective museums or exhibition halls in the Northern Dimension area.

Project in a nutshell 


• To empower cooperation between museums and youth on sustainability and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

• By the capacity, resources, and involvement of museums to create innovative education formats for young audiences

• To pilot best methodologies of youth and education in the museum and exhibition hall environment

• Create a hands-on toolbox for museum learning programmes in the topic of youth,  sustainability & SDG´s


1) Youth from the Northern Dimension (ND) area in age 18-29

2) Museums and exhibition halls within the ND area


The programme has several phases and lasts till the end of 2023. During this year of 2022 the museums are invited to hand in their challenges, which will be hacked by the youth teams. The call for the participation for the youth program and the hackathon will be announced in March 2022. Shortly before the hackathon in August 2022 there will be workshops provided by different experts from the sustainability, museum and innovations sectors.
After the hackathons the three winning projects will be implemented within the museums. During the autumns of 2022 till the autumn of 2023 museums together with the help of the youth teams will implement the idea and report on the result. At the end of the program the toolbox on creating educational methods for youth on sustainability and SDG’s based on the practices of the three pilot projects will be presented.


If you represent a museum or the exhibition call, please download and fill in the museum brief and send it to: ieva@ndpculture.org by February 25, 2022! 

The programme Northern Dimension Youth and Museums for Sustainability is a part of the joint project between Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture and European Union National Institutes for Culture “Support to the NDPC”, co-funded by the European Commission.

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*Learning in Museums and Young People, a NEMO – LEM Working Group study, Ilaria Del Gaudio