The grant competition of the Foundation Domus Dorpatensis in 2005
In 2005 a grant commission
gathered for the first time in the Foundation Domus Dorpatensis to select the
first scholars of Domus Dorpatensis from 73 applications.
The members of the grant
commission were the chairman of the Foundation Domus Dorpatensis Kristiina
Tõnnisson, the Deputy Major of Tartu Georg Aher, the director for the
Baltic-American Partnership Program of the Open Estonia Foundation Katrin Enno,
the professor extraordinary of the Social Communication Department at the
University of Tartu Marju Lauristin and the manager of the Museum Karl Ernst
von Baer Erki Tammiksaar. In the applications for the grant competition, above
all, the positive influence for the candidates’ community and/or for wider
public was taken into account, but the applications were also evaluated under
other concrete criteria that are regulated in the announcement of the grant
After an intensive meeting the
grant commission decided to give the grant to
Aarne Hõrn initiated and carried out
the idea of the statue “Lauluema” (Song Mother) in Setoland and initiated the Estonian
citizens’ registration. Since 1989 there have been organized regular trainings
about their own culture for children in Obinitsa village which were initiated,
trained and carried out by Aare Hõrn. Also, he is known for the promotion of
Setu language, speaking only in Seto wherever possible. Since 1997 he has been member of the
Setoland’s Expert Commission, the head of the Vastseliina’s and Meremäe’s unit
of Defence League, he has organised social activities and introduced the
Defence League’s action to juveniles. Aare Hõrn is the initiator of Obinitsa’s
100 year old church school building reconstruction. He attended in the
composing of the development plan for the villages in the Obinitsa region and
helped to make the Taarka play happen in Obinitsa in the summer of 2005. At the
moment Aare Hõrn is preparing an application in the name of the Setoland’s
Parish Association to inscribe Seto Leelo (folk singing) on the UNESCO
Non-material and Verbal Heritage Masterpiece List.
Thanks to the Estonian-Netherlands Charity
Foundation we were able to give out another grant in value of 15 000 Estonian
Kroons to Eha Paas.
Since 1999 Eha
Paas has been the manager of the Estonian Village Movement Kodukant. The main
goal of the village movement is to contribute to the maintenance and
development of Estonian country life and villages, including the support for
land management and national culture, different village movements and citizen
organizations. In 2000 Kodukant was declared the best non-profit organization.
Through the explanatory work of Eha Paas, the ideas of the Kodukant’s movement
have reached the people in the countryside, inviting them to take a personal
initiative. These ideas have found response throughout whole
The winners of the grant were announced on Citizen’s Day on the 26th of November in 2005.
Domus Dorpatensis thanks all the candidates for taking part in the grant competition.