|2007-2009| A network of professionals in the museum education sector to promote museums as tools for lifelong education.
ECCOM participates in the Young people and European education in museums project aimed at creating a network of professionals in the museum education sector to promote museums as tools for lifelong education, especially for users between 16 and 25 years old.
Museums, especially those dedicated to contemporary art, are particularly suitable places to trigger learning processes in young people. Spaces other than classrooms and far from the rules and coercions of academic environments, museums are considered spaces where it is easier to acquire skills such as communication or team work.
The comparison with contemporary art and its provocative themes also helps young people to understand society and culture, thus promoting forms of active citizenship and intercultural dialogue.
The project arises from the En-quire action research (www.en-quire.org/index.aspx), conducted in Great Britain since 2004, with the aim of analysing and evaluating the effectiveness of programs related to contemporary art addressed to young people over the age of 16.
Among the objectives of the project is to form a community of European researchers and professionals in the field of museum education that is able to analyse, discuss, develop and disseminate methods and tools for the promotion of museums and artistic institutions as places capable of fostering continuous learning processes, active citizenship and intercultural dialogue for young people between 16 and 25 years old; and develop a European partnership aimed at future collaborations under the Grundtvig program or other actions, including mobility projects for young people.
Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Sweden are the partner countries of the project; for Italy – together with ECCOM – the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Rome (Educational Services), the PhD program in Experimental Pedagogy of the “La Sapienza” University of Rome, the Emilia Romagna Cultural Heritage Institute, MAMbo – Museum of Modern Art and Fitzcarraldo Foundation.