COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Accessibility & Inclusion

The Museum of Cycladic Art, 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 to become a cultural institution open and accessible to all and our responsibility to ensure that all of our programs are inclusive to audiences of all ages, abilities and interests as well as 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. I

PEOPLE OVER THE AGE OF 65

The program was launched in 2016 with the support of TIMA Charitable Foundation and it is addressed to individuals over the age of 65. Since 2016, it has hosted more than 10,000 visitors to the Museum through organised group visits. During the period 2019 until 2022, the program was expanded with the support of Stavros Niarchos Foundation and TIMA Charitable Foundation as well as the Young Patrons of the Museum. The program 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 Café. 

2. Weekly educational workshops titled “Playing in Ancient Greece and nowadays”, which aim to familiarise the seniors with the 'toys' in Ancient Greece and activate their own 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.

*During the year 2020-2021, due to the pandemic, the Museum offered virtual experiential workshops in non-profit care homes all over Greece. More
**During the period January-March 2020, the Museum offered virtual reality guided tour in non-profit care homes in Attica. This VR application offered the opportunity to people living inside care homes to "live" the experience of a visit at the Museum, to participate in a guided tour of the Cycladic Art Collection as well as to "travel" for a small amount of time across Cyclades and get in touch with the sea and the islands. More

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

The program was launched in 2016 and offered a series of free workshops for people with disabilities. Since 2018, the program was expanded with the support of the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation  and the Young Patrons of the Museum. It now includes:

1. Educational workshops for children 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 integration of the beneficiaries into the social nexus and their acquaintance with the Museum and its permanent exhibitions as well as their familiarization with a cultural visit. Through the program expansion, the Museum gives the opportunity to individuuals that cannot visit it, to come into contact with and learn about the Cycladic civilisation.

GREEK SIGN LANGUAGE TOURS

Starting on Thursday, October 6, individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing will be able to attend Greek Sign Language guided tours in the permanent exhibition. The guided tours will reoccur with a different theme every first Thursday of each month at 18:00.

The guided tours are led by HandsUp - the first
sign language interpreting agency in Greece, following the Museum's commitment to providing a cultural space accessible to all.

Participation is free, but RSVP is required. You can reserve your spot via email at magiostratiti@cycladic.gr.

The initiative is supported by Antonios and Ioannis Angelicoussis Foundation.

GREEK SIGN LANGUAGE TOURS

Starting on Thursday, October 6, individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing will be able to attend Greek Sign Language guided tours in the permanent exhibition. The guided tours will reoccur with a different theme every first Thursday of each month at 18:00.

The guided tours are led by HandsUp - the first
sign language interpreting agency in Greece, following the Museum's commitment to providing a cultural space accessible to all.

Participation is free, but RSVP is required. You can reserve your spot via email at magiostratiti@cycladic.gr.

The initiative is supported by Antonios and Ioannis Angelicoussis Foundation.

PERSONS WITH SENSORY DISABILITIES (VISION AND HEARING IMPAIRMENT) | IN TOUCH

The program "IN TOUCH" launched in 2022 to enable persons with sensory disabilities (vision and hearing impairment) to access the permanent Cycladic Art exhibition. The program was realized within the framework of the European Erasmus+ Program and is implemented with the support of Eurolife FFH, a strategic partner of the Museum of Cycladic Art. It was designed in close cooperation with the Non-profit Civil Partnership (AMKE) "Me Alla Matia" and HandsUp - the first sign language interpreting agency in Greece - and was launched after a successful pilot run involving focus groups with individuals with sensory impairment.

The program comprises:

1. Τhematic tour and a mobile showcase for persons with visual impairment. The showcase consists of different cases and includes a floor plan of the room, tactile maps of Greece and the Cyclades and exhibit replicas made of marble or resin.

2. Multi-sensory museum kit related to Cycladic Culture. The museum kit contains a book with information in Braille and in large print, an embroidered map, a tactile water map, stones, threads, fragments from replicas of figurines and marble replicas of figurines. A video addressed mainly to the teacher/animator of the program explains how the material contained in the museum kit can be used for a journey through space and time. 

3. A series of actions to make the Museum accessible to deaf or hard of hearing persons. The permanent exhibition of Cycladic Art includes a video of a recorded tour in the Greek Sign Language, accompanied by Greek subtitles, and in International Sign, accompanied by English subtitles. The sign language tour covers the main themes of Cycladic Culture and is accompanied by relevant images. In this way, the Cycladic Art Collection becomes accessible to all deaf and hard of hearing visitors, whether Greek or foreign. 

The goal of the program is a museum opern to everyone, according to the principles of inclusion, enabling persons with sensory disabilities (vision and hearing impairment) to access the permanent Cycladic Art exhibition.

CROSSCULTURAL EDUCATION

The program was launched in 2016 and for three consecutive years, it offered crosscultural workshops addressed to refugee children, mostly unaccompanied minors, and Greek students. 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. 

he 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, a widely new crosscultural program is offered for children that come from different countries or ethnicities and live in Athens with the support of Helidoni Foundation. It includes:

1. Educational workshops outside the Museum for children that study in elementary crosscultural schools. Using as a starting point the museumkits of MCA, children of various elementary grades of crosscultural schools will have the opportunity to participate in program tailored made for them, by coming into contact with the Museum and its permanent collections as well as creating their own artworks. 

2. Crosscultural educational workshops, 6-weeks each, taking place at the Museum for children from 12 until 17 years old. These workshops are in collaboration with non-governmental organisations Polyphonica and Network for Children's Rights, both of whom are affiliated with vulnerable children coming from different ethnic backgrounds. Read more

The goal of this program is coexistence and cooperation between those children. It also aims to bring them into contact with the Museum experience and its permanent collections as well as culture in general. 

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COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

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