Project within Creative Europe programme

The project gathers 3 great museum institutions: National Gallery of Slovenia in Ljubljana, Kunsthistorisches museum in Vienna (Austria), the Gallery of Matica srpska in Novi Sad (Serbia) and organization Innovación Social Emprendedores Sociales (ISES) from Coruna (Spain), in the mission of bringing youth and museums together.

How can museums and galleries reach young audiences, and make them embrace empathy?

Change museum's way of working, disturb their business as usual, have them interact with audiences – make the young visitors part of their collections. Train the trainer. Speak daringly, focus on the emerging global topics. By choosing works of migrants in national galleries and museums. By showing that migrations are not a new phenomenon: some migrants from previous centuries were artists and their works became national treasures. Works themselves migrate from an author to an owner and to a museum, and from there between museums. Bringing to life historical issues in the present migration situation, culture has the power to expose what is happening around us. This is the thread of this project. Go viral, engage the young audience and create a virtual collection of their reflections of the world around them. Brick them. Make them embrace empathy.

What the goals are:

During 17 months of the project we will give answers on how can museums and galleries reach young audience and make them think about global topics and problems of the society. Artworks which speak about migrations, population movements and movement of cultural heritage will open the central topic of the project - how can key issues of today’s life be perceived through the art of past. Museum professionals and educators will develop skills for creation and realization of workshops for young people between 15 ̶ 19 and use advanced methodologies in order to provide greater museum experience.

HearMe workshop builds on several methodologies (BrickMe, Design Thinking, Gamification, open art dialogue) and adapts them to museums. In the workshop, we construct own statements out of physical material. Although everybody uses the same material, each model looks different. We explore the differences and similarities through critical thinking. We contextualize our positions. Everything becomes more complex. Connections are made, relations between models are built. Our absolutist view becomes part of an intricate web. Then, a hypothetical situation arises and we have to solve it. Who moves where? What does that mean? Who does it affect? Employing teamwork, ingenuity, problem solving and social skills, we co-create a solution. Through mobiles, it goes viral. We connect our realizations with works of art. In museum permanent collections, we explore art made by migrant artists, migrant motifs and works that moved between countries. Why were they moved? What did they leave behind? How did they change? How would we act in a similar situation? Thus, through a series of exercises, art becomes alive. Now, it is a part of solutions to pressing issues. Now, we understand. Now, we work together. Now, we hear.

Free of charge
4 hours of attractive, creative, relevant, and interactive programming
Non-elitist and bottom-up approach
Discussing global topics like migrations, tolerance and empathy

During the workshops, the youth foster key skills needed for the modern world:




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