Approaching accessibility in museums management

30 October 2023
Approaching accessibility in museums management

On October 26th, the workshop "APPROACHING ACCESSIBILITY IN MUSEUMS MANAGEMENT: How to develop inclusion strategies for target groups with special needs and disabilities" was held by ARATRO Galleria Gino Marotta at the University of Molise. The workshop, an essential part of the MONET PLUS project, won by ARATRO, involved capitalizing on the results of MONET, an INTERREG IPA CBC Italy-Albania-Montenegro project (2014/2020. Priority Axis 2 - Specific Objective 2.2). It saw the Contemporary Art Museum of the Molise University engaged in creating a network model among museums in the Ionian Adriatic Macro Region, spanning Albania, Montenegro, Puglia, and Molise. MONET experimented with new forms of cooperation between museums in a cross-border dimension to enhance the cultural and natural heritage of the involved areas through the involvement of young artists.

The initiative, focused on the relationship between art and accessibility, saw the participation of students, university and high school professors, cultural and museum operators, art and culture managers, and creative enterprises. A full day was dedicated to reflections and contributions from specialists in the field of culture and accessibility within the museum context, centered around the theme of the relationship between physical, mental, and social accessibility and museum structures, with eighty participants in attendance.

The speakers, hailing from emblematic museums in the Italian cultural landscape, were Martina Fusaro, Specialist in Educational Services, Outreach, and Teaching at 24 Ore Cultura S.R.L., MUDEC - Museum of Cultures, Milan, with a presentation titled "Accessible cultures: strategies, methods and perspectives for an inclusive museum." Susanne Meurer, Art Historian, Head of Historical Funds and Bioiconographic Archives at The National Gallery, Rome, presented the project "The Memory of Beauty," dedicated to patients with Alzheimer's Disease, providing a series of guided tours for patients and their caregivers. Fabio Benedettucci, from the Capitoline Superintendency Directorate of Civic Museums, Museum of Rome - Office of Management, Exhibitions, and Loans, Rome, presented: "The Museum for everyone. Experiences of the Capitoline Museums."