What are majorities and how should we attend to their needs and interests? This was the main question that the sixth edition of the Seminar on Art and Social Inclusion had to answer. Eminently practical in approach and structured around working sessions, the programme focused on analysing and thinking about the role of museums as spaces that are sensitive to current social and cultural demands.
With this in mind, and in collaboration with Obra Social “la Caixa”, the seminar dealt with issues such as interdisciplinarity, innovation and multiculturalism, along with the need to come up with more efficient strategies to bring cultural institutions closer to the majority of the public. This event was aimed at professionals from the culture and museums sector, cultural and social administrators, development cooperation experts and social agents.
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Target participants: Professionals in the culture and museums sector; cultural administrators; those responsible for public and private cultural and social institutions and policies; development cooperation and healthcare professionals; social agents; critics, researchers, writers and artists; students of education, healthcare, social work, cooperation, sociology, art history, fine arts and the sciences.
To register and enrol: Please go to firstname.lastname@example.org The enrolment fee for the entire seminar covered the theoretical talks and three-hour sessions with the experts, a dossier containing specific work materials, a visit to the MPM permanent collection, and to the temporary exhibition Joaquin Torres-García: an Arcadian Modern. Price: 75€ per person. (25% discount for accredited students). For the registered unemployed, there was the possibility of applying for a grant.
10.30am. Seminar Opening
11am-2pm. Museums and school failure. The need for a village: learning networks, projects and environments Mariano Fernández Enguita. Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Education, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has written twenty books, including La profesión docente y la comunidad escolar, ¿Es pública la escuela pública?, Educar en tiempos inciertos and El fracaso y el abandono escolar en España.
4pm-5pm. Talk: Hands-on-learning and building learning environments (via Skype) Roger Schank. Expert on artificial intelligence, cognitive psychologist and learning scientist. He chairs the company Socratic Arts and is the executive director of Engines for Education. He was a professor of psychology at Yale University and director of the Yale Artificial Intelligence Project.
5.30pm-8.30 pm. Serving social and cultural diversity in museums Mikel Asensio. Doctor of psychology and professor of cognitive psychology at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, he was awarded Spain’s Premio Nacional de Investigación, and is an expert in museology. He has published over 260 works and has set up a large number of museological and museographic projects, such as the Museo de la Biblioteca Nacional and the Museo de la Evolución Humana, as well as research projects at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Fundación la Caixa, Museu d’Historia de la Ciutat de Barcelona, amongst others.
Eloísa Pérez Santos. Professor of personality psychology, assessment and treatment at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She is scientific adviser to the Sub-directorate of State Museums’ Permanent Laboratory on Museum-goers, which is part of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports’ Office of Fine Arts and Cultural Heritage, for whom she carries out training, consultancy and research at Spain’s state-run museums.
10.30am - 1.30pm. New technologies in learning and inclusion processes at museums. Ernesto Páramo Sureda. Director of Granada’s Parque de las Ciencias and a member of the Board of EXCITE, the European Network of Science Centres and Museums, which is based in Brussels and comprises over 300 museums in 50 countries. He is an advisor to cultural projects and museums in several countries and does a wide range of training on the communication of science and its normalization within culture. He has written numerous articles, such as El método como curiosidad, El Conocimiento puede ser Contagioso, and Comunicación de la ciencia, amongst others.
Lluis Noguera. Director of CosmoCaixa, the Obra Social “la Caixa” science museum. He holds a degree in Philosophy from UAB, MAs in cultural and public administration, and has also studied international cultural relations. With Obra Social “la Caixa”, he has been the deputy director of Science, Research and the Environment, undertaking the overall corporate coordination of the Cosmocaixa museums.
2pm. Final thoughts and conclusions.