(See the Photo Gallery here)
The meeting was organized by ANISA with the collaboration of ECCOM and it was structured into two different parts: the first one was an international training seminar addressed to art history teachers which took place at the Vatican Museums on the 11th and 12th of April with a large participation of Italian and foreign experts on the field of museum didactics and pedagogy. More than 100 learners participated to the conference. ITEMS partners were invited to present their experiences to the public with specific reference to the issue of teachers’ training and their relationship with museum services (see the seminar’s program).
Thanks to a private technological sponsorship provided by ANISA, it was also possible to organize a workshop for teachers and museum educators within the space of the Vatican Picture Gallery. Learners were asked to fulfill a task by using a last generation tablet containing textual and visual resources elaborated by ANISA team about artworks of the Gallery and of the countries involved in the partnership. Working in groups, participants were able to get in contact with high tech devices and to apply them to the didactic purposes of their jobs. Furthermore, people from different fields (schools, museums, institutions) could share their experiences and could socialize through an informal pattern of collaboration. As a result, all the main strategies and goals of ITEMS project were applied in a theoretical and in a very practical approach as well. Pictures and documentations of the event were collected and will be used for the dissemination of the project.
The third day was dedicated to ITEMS partners. In the morning, we visited the Trajan’s Markets, where Dr. Ungaro (responsible for the archelogical area) and Dr. Del Moro (responsible for the didactic activities) illustrated the setting and the educational activities of the museum and how new technologies are used within the museum in order to facilitate cultural accessibility to a very complicated monument. Dr. Ungaro and Dr. Del Moro recently published a book on the connection of new technologies in the educational communication of the museum.
The group then moved to the MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome) museum, where Dr. Maggiori (responsible for the educational activities) presented to us the educational activities of this quite recent contemporary art museum.
Materials, information and publications were distributed to the partners in order to encourage future contacts among the institutions involved.
In the afternoon, partners met at the Andersen Museum, where the following issues were discussed:
a) Schedule of next meetings: the partners confirmed that the next two meetings will take place in Latvia (September 2011) and Hungary (November 2011), while the last one will take place in Paris in May 2012. Partners still need to set the dates of the meetings which will take place in Portugal and Luxembourg;
b) Cristina Da Milano informed the partners that, with regard to the documents about the situation in each country referring to the relationship between schools and museums, we have now gathered those concerning Italy, Portugal and Luxembourg; we are still missing those from France and Hungary, while the one from Latvia will be presented during the meeting;
c) Dr. Ineta Zelca-Simansone from the National Art Museum of Latvia presented a paper about the role of museum education in Latvia with specific reference to the relationship with schools. The presentation will be soon available on ITEMS website;
d) Jean Miguel Pire underlines the need for the partners to start thinking concretely about the final product that we want to create as the main outcome of the ITEMS project and that we need to discuss this issues in details during our next meeting in Latvia;
e) Anikò Illes confirmed that there is a blog available, where one can find the images/videos recorded during this meeting by her students: all partners are invited to collect materials/documents to be put on this blog using the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partners will keep in touch during the next months and will collaborate to the organization of ITEMS meeting in Riga.
Text: Cristina Da Milano
Photos: Judit Gellér, Anna Ildikó Pető
Edited by: Anna Ildikó Pető
Participants (directly involved in the partnership; other Italian learners from schools and museums are not listed here):
|6||Portugal||Gameiro||Cristina||APECV – MUSEU BERARDO|
|12||France||Leseur||Frederique||MUSEE DU LOUVRE – INHA|
|13||France||Rohan-Cszermak||Henri||Min. Ed. Nat. – INHA|
|17||Latvia||Zelca Simansone||Ineta||TRISKRASAS – National Museum of Art|
|21||Italy||Gatti||Martina||Musei Vaticani – ECCOM)|