Nowadays kids in Eastern Europe experience museums as places of punishing boredom, unnecessary silence, uninviting coldness, and so many rules that no one is allow to talk. The same applies to the everlasting guided tours.
What if we turned the museums into a playground for kids, teenagers and their creativity? What if teenagers become the guides in the museums and kids are sharing their opinions about Picasso? What if the museum becomes an experience for teenagers?
Bulgaria and Lithuania
In Eastern Europe, there is a need for methodological innovation in the art education for kids and teens. No access to adequate art programs especially developed for young people results in an educational gap and with a lack of creative confidence. The communication among youngsters, museums and schools in Eastern Europe is as cold as some of the museums. We believe that a pan-European effort can help to make museums interesting once again.
We aim for an interactive art education in Eastern Europe. By reaching the youngest through cross-aging teaching, we want to minimize the gaps between schools, youngsters and museums. We want to design and co-create together with youngsters the place and tools for kids to express their inborn creativity and develop their personal skills. By connecting different level creative potential we aim for an European spirit of art among the youth.
We think that cross-age teaching is a key approach for the success of our project. It is a method where teens facilitate the entire learning experience by teaching curriculum and fully managing a group of younger peers. The studies show that cross age teaching is a very effective tool for knowledge exchange amongst youth.
1. 10 selected tees from Eastern Europe are attending workshops at the partner museums in London and Berlin where they learn how to facilitate kids’ programs at the museums.
2. Teens go back to their home countries and develop interactive museum tours for kids together with the local partner museums.
3. Kids are invited to participate at the interactive art tours at the local museums guided by the teens.
We are doing it for kids and teenagers because they are the future of Europe. We will reach specifically two groups of youngsters:
1. Kids (age 4-6) - kids at this age are already more than ready to talk and learn about art. Children’s appreciation of art and artistic intent is far more sophisticated than psychologists once believed.
2. Teens (age 15-17) - at this age children's need for responsibility and autonomy gets stronger – it’s an important part of their path to young adulthood.
Our project idea will:
1. Establish a link between Public Museums and Schools in Eastern Europe.
2. Provide a knowledge exchange opportunity for the european youth.
3. Unique methods of co-creation and cross-ageing teaching.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Travel and Accommodation costs 15250 EUR, Exchange Workshop - 7000EUR, Workshop Materials 6000EUR, Marketing and Communication - 5000EUR, Research and Museum Partnerships- 6000EUR, Other: 750EUR
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