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.

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 by the Young Patrons of the Museum and RAYCAP.

Τhese workshops make use of toys as a form of self-expression for these children and they are facilitated by the Museum staff, who are experts in education and art therapy. Within the safety net of play, various art mediums and processes are introduced while body movement is also explored as means of creative collaboration. The goal of this program is communication between these communities and their integration into the society’s cultural realm. Through the workshops the children are introduced to the Museum’s exhibitions but also take the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the overall visiting experience. Since 2018, the program has expanded outside the Museum by offering:

1. experiential workshops for teaching staff of special schools, in partnership with specific units of Primary and Secondary Education. 

2. specialised workshops outside the Museum, such as at the premises of the primary school of the Childrens’ Hospital "P. & A. Kyriakou" and at Floga non-profit organisation, addressed to children with neoplasmatic diseases. 

In 2018-2019 the program is run with the support of John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and the Young Patrons of the Museum.

Everyone Together at the Museum

The program "Everyone Together at the Museum" was first launched in 2016 and it brings together refugee children, mostly unaccompanied minors, with Greek students from public and private schools. 

During the 2016-2017 period, the program was funded by the Young Patrons of the Museum. 

It is a 5-week program with specialized workshops where 20 children, 10 refugees and 10 Greek students, participate in each cycle. Through these workshops, children who come from completely different social, economic and cultural backgrounds and do not speak the same language, learn how to use the code of Cypro-syllabic script as a common language through art. 

These workshops give the οpportunity to the participants to meet each other and work together. They are the stepping stones for questions such as:  How can I communicate with someone when I do not speak the same language or comes from a different place? How do I create a new communication code? How is a new language created?

In the 2018-2019 period, the program is run with the support of the construction company CCC and the Young Patrons of the Museum.

Information

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

Reservations daily 10.00-13.00 | T. 210.7239438


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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