COMMUNITY PROGRAMMS

TOGETHER IN THE MUSEUM

The Museum, making a serious commitment to public engagement, has invested in initiatives that reach out multiple communities in the city of Athens, within and beyond the Museum’s walls. Central to our philosophy is our responsibility to ensure that all of our programs are inclusive to audiences of all ages, abilities and interests and tailored to the needs of those previously offered less cultural opportunities.
Focusing on cross-culture and intergenerational efforts, we seek to bring together diverse communities and to develop an ongoing platform for dialogue and relationship building among people sharing or cultivating a passion for art whilst simultaneously responding to issues of social tension and isolation.

WISE FRIENDS AT THE MUSEUM

The program "Wise Friends at the Museum" was launched in 2016 with the support of TIMA Foundation and it is addressed to people over the age of 65. Up until today, it has hosted more than 6.000 seniors to the Museum through organized group visits. During the 2017-2018 period, the program was supported by the Young Patrons of the Museum. In 2019 the program is expanded, partnering again with TIMA Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The program now includes:

1. Weekly visits to the Museum through the network of senior people’s centers (KAPI & Leshes Filias) that include a free admission to the museum collections and a guided tour, free transfer, as well as a warm welcome at the Cycladic Cafe. 

2. Weekly educational workshops titled “Playing with Memories”, which aim to familiriase the seniors with the 'toys' in Ancient Greece and thus activate their memory.

3. Weekly educational workshops in non-profit care homes that aim to enrich the lives of seniors that cannot visit the museum. These workshops take place in partnership with seveneleven Theater Company; a company that has knowledge and experience in recreational programs for seniors in care homes.

The aim of the program is to appeal to a social group that is in great need of socialization and entertainment.

The Museum's staff participated in an immersive training program implemented by gerontologists in order to successfully respond to the needs of this social group and welcome the senior guests warmly. This approach made the Museum one of the first senior-friendly ones in Greece.

Virtual Tour at the Museum of Cycladic Art

This year, for the first time, MCA offers guided tours via VR technology in 12 non-profit caring homes in Attica. 

A VR application that invites seniors to “live” the experience of a visit at the Museum, to participate in a guided tour in Cycladic Art Collection as well as “to travel” for a while across Cyclades by bringing them in touch with both sea and islands.
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TOGETHER AT THE MUSEUM

The program “Together at the Museum” was launched in 2016 and offers a series of free workshops for children and teenagers, from 5 to 17 years old with learning and developmental disabilities. During the 2016-2018 period, the program was kindly supported RAYCAP and the Young Patrons of the Museum. Since 2019, the programme is supported by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and it includes:

1. Educational program for chidlren in special education schools. It is organized by the experienced Museum staff, who specialize in education and art therapy. During the workshops, children use toys as their form of self expression.

2. Experiential workshops in collaboration with the Departments of Cultural Affairs of Primary and Seconday Education schools, that are addressed to educators of special education.

3. Educational workshops outside the Museum, such as at the premises of the primary school of the Children's Hospital "P. & A. Kyriakou" and at the organisation "Floga" that host children with neoplasmatic diseases. 

4. Pilot program of educational workshops at special education schools in various regions of Greece.

The goal of the program is not only the integration of beneficiaries into the social nexus but also their acquaintance with the Museum and its permanent exhibitions as well as their familirisation with a Museum visit. Through the programme expansion, the Museum gives the opportunity to children that cannot visit it, to come into contact with and learn about the Cycladic civilisation.

EVERYONE TOGETHER AT THE MUSEUM

The program "Everyone Together at the Museum" was first launched in 2016 and for three consecutive years, it offered crosscultural workshops addressed to refugee children, mostly unaccompanied minors, and Greek students. During the first two years, the program was funded by the Young Patrons of the Museum and in 2018-2019, the program was supported by the construction company CCC together with the Young Patrons of the Museum.

During these workshops, children who did not speak the same language and came from completely different social, economic and cultural backgrounds, learned how to use the code of Cypro-minoic script as a common language through art.

The Museum of Cycladic Art is committed to formalise and expand the scope of its community engagement so that it is open and accessible to all vulnerable social groups. Thus, in 2020 a widely new crosscultural program will be inititated adressed to children, aged from 12 to 14 years old, that come from different countries or ethnicities and live in Athens.

20 children coming from African, Asian and the Middle Eastern countries as well children coming from Greece, will participate in a series of workshops, 5 weeks each, entitled "Musical Instruments of Imaginary Sounds at the Museum". The participants will be offered a historical journey taking the permanent collections of the Museum always as a reference point. During the workshops, each ethnic group will bring written information or items that are related with musical instruments and traditions of their home country. After collecting all of these items, they will have the chance to create their own imaginary instruments using art materials such as paper, cardboards, wood, plaster, colour as well as record their own music sounds in cd devices or cassettes. In the end, all of these items will be placed inside an exhibition box that they will have created themselves. 

INFO

Wise friends at the Museum/ Everyone Together at the Museum
amlampropoulos@cycladic.gr | magiostratiti@cycladic.gr

Visits and art workshops for people with special educational needs
mplati@cycladic.gr| emarkou@cycladic.gr | magiostratiti@cycladic.gr

Reservations daily 10.00-13.00 | T. 210 7239438, 210 7228321 (ext. 25)
Workshops for parents and children with disabilities
mplati@cycladic.gr | emarkou@cycladic.gr

Reservations daily 10.00-16.00 | T. 210 723943

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