In the summer of 2019, Kaunas Artists’ House, in cooperation with Kaunas City Municipality Cultural Heritage Department, Kaunas Deaf Rehabilitation Centre and with the help of young architects, enthusiasts and a group of professionals – Ekskursas – started to implement the project Signs of modern Lithuania: integration of deaf guides.

In the course of the project, two cycles of tours of modernist buildings that have received the European Heritage Label and are aiming at UNESCO World Heritage Status were presented to people with hearing disabilities of all ages. The main theme of the tour Lives of Kaunas is the social life of the townspeople during the interwar period and its conditions observed through the private architectural heritage objects.

The tour Public Architectures tells about the creation of the Lithuanian state during the interwar period through various public institutions: banks, organizations’ chambers, embassies, and administrative buildings.

As a part of this project, 2 deaf guides were trained by Ekskursas specialists, therefore the tours were conducted in the deaf mother tongue – sign language. In this way, the actualization and dissemination of cultural heritage for people living in social exclusion were increased and the respect for and awareness of the architectural heritage was promoted while increasing the knowledge of these valuables, emphasizing social dialogue, human rights, and equality.

Project manager: Elena Mikaitienė

Project coordinator: Miglė Jaskūnienė

The project is partly funded by Lithuanian Council for Culture

Project partner: Kaunas City Municipality Cultural Heritage Department, Kaunas Deaf Rehabilitation Centre

Project activities were carried out in cooperation with Ekskursas initiative