The Education Department is committed to helping to provide training for teachers, thanks to a partnership with the Ufficio Scolastico Regionale per il Piemonte. Our activities have been accredited as an Ente Formativo on a regional level in 2018, and will be accredited on a national level in 2019.
The goal is to provide teachers with the tools to design and conduct educational activities dedicated to modern and contemporary art, as well as artistic expressiveness. In order to do so, we carry out various multidisciplinary and participatory programmes, conducted by the staff of the Education Department, which reference both historicized and emerging artists. Starting with an analysis of our educational projects dedicated to students between 3 and 19 years of age, we build an itinerary experimenting with methods, tools, and materials that aims to bridge art with the public. During the course, we share resources such as documentation materials and interactive e-books, which serve as useful tools for planning and conducting activities at school. The programme is structured into both theoretical and practical training modules, divided into: lectures, exhibitions visits, moments of discussion and comparison, workshop activities, group planning sessions, and assessments.
Project: the idea of an accessible museum involves that each visitor should be able to take advantage of the cultural content offered by the museum.
The itineraries and activities proposed by the Educational Department of the Foundation are useful steps towards an easier, more active participation in the cultural life of the city. These reflections led us to subscribe to the Manifesto per la Cultura Accessibile, a common declaration in which the main cultural institutions in Turin and its surroundings pledge to work on issues of cultural accessibility.
The Educational Department organizes exhibition visits and workshops in collaboration with Disability day care centers and cooperatives for people with different types of mental disorders. We have also started promising collaborations with specialized centers such as Fondazione Carlo Molo, which takes care of aphasia patients.
One of the most complex itineraries was launched in collaboration with Unione Italiana
Ciechi e Ipovedenti of Turin (Italian Union of the Blind and Visually Impaired), whose members now regularly visit our exhibitions and attend specific workshops. In order to facilitate access and help understand spaces and content, the Foundation designed, in collaboration with Tactile Vision Onlus, a tactile map of the building, and has adopted Biancoenero, a specific font that is easier to read for the visually impaired and dyslexic, for captions. The most important result of our collaboration with UICI is the study project on the relationship between contemporary art and sense perception, which started out with a workshop, was expanded to a one-day seminar, and will continue throughout the year 2014 with theoretical and practical follow-up initiatives. The research program also includes, besides UICI and Tactile Vision Onlus, the Parco d’Arte Vivente (Living Art Park) and Tea Taramino, curator of Arte Plurale, the International Biennial on disability.
Numbers: an average of 1000 participants per year
Target: disability day care centers, associations and foundations for physical and mental disabilities.
Duration: permanent project
Cultural mediation for art is the format chosen by Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo to establish a daily, active relationship with its adult public in the exhibition space.
The service has been active for ten years, and has achieved one of the main goals of the Foundation, i.e. to attract the public to contemporary art by adopting an innovative approach and best practices.
The task of the cultural mediator is to establish, and encourage, direct contact between visitors, the works, and the exhibition, giving indications, stimulating debate and focusing on individual interpretations.
In a perspective of moving on from the guided tour format, this approach aims at transforming the exhibiting space into a place of experience, according to the lifelong learning approach, the idea of constant learning throughout the lifespan.
The cultural mediation service at the Foundation is nonstop, and is available in both Italian and English. Visitors can take advantage of it anytime, any day, in the opening hours. It is free and does not require booking. The service is taken care of by our staff of mediators, consisting of arts and humanities graduates, who attend the permanent training courses organized and produced by the Foundation, which include lessons and workshops.
Numbers: 50% of visitors to the Foundation utilize the mediation service.
Target: general public
Duration: permanent project
The purpose of the workshops for the adult public, which the Foundation has offered since 2010, is to give participants an experience that involves knowledge and creativity, thereby fulfilling the expectations that have emerged from questionnaires and qualitative assessment forms compiled by visitors to the Foundation: acquire new knowledge and have an active experience in the museum. Workshops are designed for young adults and adults, with free admission for subscribers. They take place in the evening hours, have a length of two hours each and are scheduled during the Thursday free opening. Set in the exhibition space, during the Foundation’s opening hours, they also allow ordinary visitors, who have not subscribed to the workshops, to experience the museum space differently, with an active, informal approach.
The adult workshops offer a rich set of activities, which focus on small groups of works, picked among the ones on display. They alternate between activities inside the exhibition space and a follow-up work in the classroom space, and between individual contributions and work in small groups. They do not require technical or specific knowledge, and are not based on the teaching of artistic techniques, but are instead guided by the idea of work and exhibition as a source of inspiration, an opportunity to analyze, interpret, exchange views and draw conclusions.
Numbers: 20 participants for each workshop, 8/10 workshops each year
Target: adults with no age limits
Duration: permanent project
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