About

Aldona Ruseckaitė completed the studies of Lithuanian language and literature in Vilnius University, where she gained qualification of Lithuanian Language and Literature teacher. From 1975 to 2002, she worked as a teacher of Lithuanian in S. Žukas Technicum of Applied Fine Arts in Kaunas (now J. Vienožinskis Faculty of Arts of Kaunas University of Applied Sciences). Since 1976, she is a research fellow of the Literature Museum (now Maironis Lithuanian Literature Museum), later, from 1989 to 2019 she was the director of the museum.

Ms. Ruseckaitė is a board member of ICOM (International Council of Museums), Dean of the Faculty of Creative Expression at the Third Age University and since 1999, she has been the member of the Lithuanian Writers Union who has published 16 poetry and prose books.


Kaunas and I

I’ve lived in Kaunas since 1972. I used to work as a lecturer in the former S. Žukas Technicum of Applied Fine Arts. Since 1976, I work in Maironis Lithuanian Literature Museum. In 1989, I became its director. This museum, a favourite of Kaunasians, has actively formed the cultural life of the city in its field of action. For her cultural work in Kaunas city, she has received the Kindness Crystal (2009), Santaka Badge of Honour (2010), was selected as the most memorable artist of Kaunas in 2015 and received the Culture and Art Prize (2018).

My vision of Kaunas City:

  • A city which is good, fun, interesting, and where all generations are welcome and can find their niche in culture and communication.
  • A city which supports projects that would enable friendly and meaningful cooperation of the young and older generations, where the youth would bring the news of the world and the old ones would convey their wisdom in return;

 

  • Kaunas remaining as a strong citadel of Lithuanian values and language in the global world, but not in a backward and conservative way;
  • A city with a lot of tourists attracted by exceptionally interesting objects of culture and architecture;
  • A neat city with restored buildings, monuments, large, well-maintained and nice green areas for Kaunasians to spend their time;
  • City’s cultural institutions (libraries, museums, exhibition halls and cultural centres) working in a way that every person in them would feel welcome, respected and important;
  • Kaunas city municipality pays a lot of attention and allocates a lot of funding to the cultural institutions of Kaunas, its publishing books from the writers of Kaunas, for libraries to acquire books;
  • A city with interwar architecture included into UNESCO’s heritage list;
  • Kaunas a place attracting famous global artists.