An Edgy Museum
The village of Cherny Otrog has been an agricultural community since its foundation.
Village of Cherny Otrog, Orenburg region (south of the Ural Mountains). Located 80 km from the administrative centre of the region, the town of Orenburg, and 1,571 km from Moscow. Founded in 1827; population – 1,671 people.
The village of Cherny Otrog has been an agricultural community since its foundation. Farming defines the cultural identity of the place: its crafts, customs, traditions, and folk festivities. The first phase of the project, successfully implemented in 2017, was aimed at engaging the community with local history. It addressed the absence of a social and cultural centre in the village or its surrounding areas. The Memorial Museum of
Objectives of the next phase
The implemented project has empowered a group of local residents to take an active role in the community and accept responsibility for improving their living environment. The aim of the next phase is to use this experience to develop tourism potential in the area, encourage a sense of ownership and pride in the community, and engage local residents to be equal partners in the project. There are plans for the community to develop tourist trails and tours around the village, to make improvements to the high street and main square, to arrange street displays exploring the history of the place and its people and to launch a course in project planning and management.
Cherny Otrog is a recognized centre in the region for the production of finely knit,
The project aims to build a robust network of partners, who can disseminate the experience to neighbouring territories. A competitive support scheme for social and cultural projects, initiated by local partners (community centres, village councils, clubs and residents’ associations, etc.) will be launched to encourage community