Museum for All. Inclusive Cultural Projects: the Swedish Experience
On November 10, 2016 at 3 p.m. the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus hosts the educational seminar Museum for All. Inclusive Cultural Projects: the Swedish Experience, organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of Belarus, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden to the Republic of Belarus and Share Music & Performing Arts organization (Sweden).
The year 2016 was announced as the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy by Pope Francis, and as the Year of Culture by the President of the Republic of Belarus. The program “Museum for All” has been launched by the National Art Museum in 2014. The Art at the Finger Tips exhibition for visually disabled visitors became the first stone, then the program introduced new projects for people with hearing disabilities and the special programs for wheelchair people.
On Septemver 28, 2015 the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which had already been signed by the states of the European Union and 158 states out of it. The Convention aims to promote social integration of disabled, to prevent discrimination on the basis of disability and to protect disabled by ensuring their human rights and fundamental freedoms.
The seminar “Museum for All. Inclusive Cultural Projects: the Swedish Experience” is prepared especially for Belarusian museum workers. It is aimed to demonstrate Swedish museum experience regarding inclusion projects and to give an impetus to the further work under developing Belarusian cultural spaces in disabled-friendly way.
The moderator of the seminar is Natalia Sialitskaya, the Deputy Director for Science and Education of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus.
3 p.m.–3.05 p.m.
Introductory speech of Uladzimir Prakaptsou, the Director General of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus
Introductory speech of Martin Oberg, the Embassador of Sweden to the Republic of Belarus
3.05 p.m.– 4.40 p.m.
Sofia Alexandersson, the Director of Share Music&Performing Arts organization (Sweden)
Inclusion in the art: the synthesis of arts and collaborative creative process
Helen Karabuda, choreographer (Sweden), Mike Frye, musician, composer (the United Kingdom)
Presentation of the film «The Eye Of The Norm»
Music improvisation by Mike Frye
4.40 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Natalia Semenyako, the Chairman of Belarusian Association for Assistance to Disabled Children and Young People (Homel), the winner of the Republican competition “Woman of the Year – 2011” in nomination “For charity and mercy”
Performing Arts: the powerful tool for social adaptation. The experience of inclusive play production in Homel
5 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.
5.30 p.m. –5.45 p.m.
Nadzeya Usava, the Leading Researcher of the National Art Museum of the Republic Belarus
What's next? Perspective inclusive projects in the National Art Museum: audio description for blind and visually impaired people, tablet sign-interpretation guides for deaf visitors
5.45 p.m. –6 p.m.
Marina Smagina, the Senior Researcher of the National Art Museum of Belarus
Educational programs for people with disabilities: experience and practice of the National Art Museum