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the museo marino marini is a place for everyone and open to everyone, it is an inclusive space where people meet, listen, talk, smile, where they find space and listen to children, young adults, families, and the elderly. an environment that adapts to people and their time. as a museum that aspires to integrate well with contemporary society, the museo marino marini takes on social responsibility as a community activator and an entity capable of linking to the present through the proposal of inclusive cultural programs.
alzheimer’s – art in your hands
the museo marino marini of florence for people with alzheimer’s and for those who take care of them.
opening the museum, making it accessible to everyone, even people living with alzheimers, means that art – thanks to its communicative and emotional power – can help overcome the some of the difficulties related to illness. to propose emotional and stimulating activities, adapted to the desires and abilities of people with cognitive decline, gives us a way to know their inner world and foster the relationship between the participants: because, even whilst facing the challenge of the disease, they can continue to live a life of intense meaningful, integrated into the social and cultural life of the community.
the project, launched in 2012, also developed a program of dissemination: a training course for museum educators and geriatric workers, funded by the region of tuscany, so that programs like this were not just the initiative of a few willing museums, but instead were implemented as region-wide program of museums.
we also propose visits dedicated to family and professional carers, to experience effective ways of communicating with people with alzheimers starting with the encounter with art.
art in the hands has attracted attention internationally: it was presented at the new york (outreach refinery, march 2014), the palazzo strozzi in florence (the 2nd international multi-party conference, november 2014 and workshop “art accessible”, November 2016), the zurich kunsthaus (symposium, February 2015), the aja (long live arts, May 2015), the summer school of the italian association of psycho-geriatrics (pistoia, June 2015), at the convention (florence, march 2016), at the 16th congress aip (florence, april 2016) and at the international conference on the creative age: global perspectives on creativity and aging (washington d.c., september 2016).
blind and visually impaired
guide dogs are allowed in the museum.
guided tours for blind and visually impaired people have been planned
tactile sightseeing tours, open not only to blind and visually impaired people, but also to anyone who wants to experience and learn about art based on the sense of touch.
guided tours are available in italian sign language:
are you talking about art ?: a visit that maintains its form of dialogue even with the presence, together with a museum educator, of a sign language interpreter. All participants are involved in an experience to build knowledge of works of art through a conversation that is developed in the group where everyone can take part, even if they are not experts in art.