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.
The ‘Wise Friends together in the Museum’ program, in collaboration with the Municipality of Athens and TIMA Charitable Foundation has so far brought more than 1500 elder adults to the Museum.
The program launched in February 2016 and consists of weekly group visits throughout the year organized through a network of elderly people's homes of Athens. Each of these visits includes free transfer to and from the museum, free admission to the museum collections, as well as a warm welcome in the Museum's Cafe with coffee and snacks followed by a guided tour of our permanent collections,It should be noted that for the first time in Greece museum staff undertook specialized theoretical and immersive training by certified gerontologists in order to be able to welcome the elderly more professionally and warmly
In 2017 the reach of the program will extend to further municipalities and will be supported by the International Young Patrons of the MCA.
The program “Together in the Museum” was launched in February 2016 and offered for the first time a series of free workshops developed for children and teenagers, from five to seventeen years old with learning and developmental disabilities.
Facilitated by experts in education and art therapy, the workshops make use of 'play' as self-expression. 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 focus of this program is communication between these communities and their integration into our society’s cultural realm. Through the workshops both children and parents are introduced to the Museum’s exhibitions but also to the museums world in general, taking this opportunity to familiarize themselves with the museum visiting experience.
As an extension to this program, workshops following the same teaching and learning principles take place outside of the Museum, at community centers serving communities in need. With these programs the Museum attempts to serve the ever increasing needs for arts and education programming within communities with previously limited access to art and culture.
In 2016 and in 2017 the program was kindly supported by the International Young Patrons of the MCA and RAYCAP.
In November 2016 the Museum of Cycladic Art launched a pilot program between kids from Elaionas refugee camp and students from Hill school.
This program introduces the Cypriot-Minoan language. Children who participate have the opportunity to realize that it emerged in a period of intense economic and commercial activity and that it acts as the basis of communication between people who speak different languages.
These workshops give the chance of acquaintance between the participants and work as starting points 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?
The program was kindly supported by the International Young Patrons of the MCA.
Wise friends at the Museum/ Everyone, Together at the Museum
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