The Museum of Cycladic Art was founded in 1986, to house the collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris. Since then it has grown to accommodate new acquisitions, obtained either through direct purchases or through donations by collectors and institutions. The Museum hosts the Cycladic Collection, the Ancient Greek Collection and the Ancient Cypriot Collection. The Museum places an emphasis on education, with an array of educational programs designed to address a varied audience of all ages and backgrounds. Recently it launched the umbrella program “Together at the Museum” that is directed to children with special needs, mentally and physically disabled adult groups, the homeless, and elderly individuals. The aim of the program is to increase the number of these groups visiting the museum.
“Wise Friends, Together at the Museum” Program Expansion
The grant regards the 2-year expansion of the “Wise Friends at the Museum” program, a program for the accessibility of elderly visitors to the Museum of Cycladic Art, as part of a co-funding with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The Program was created in 2016, through a TIMA grant, and has so far brought more than 5,000 seniors to the Museum. It consists of weekly group visits organized through the network of the Open Protection Centers for the Elderly (OPCEs). Given the continuous increase in demand for this Program, the expansion regards the increase of activities for 65+ adults inside and outside the walls of the Museum. More specifically, the program will have two pillars: guided visits for seniors from Athens OPCEs, followed by educational workshops; Educational workshops in 12 care homes that will encourage creativity through art and extensive talks on cultural subjects for the elderly residents. This pillar will be implemented in collaboration with Seveneleven Theater Company. Through this pillar, a museum experience will be provided for care home residents. The beneficiaries for each year of the two-year program are 1,060 seniors in total, 640 elderly OPCE members who will participate in the workshops and 420 care home residents, including bedridden ones, who will participate in the recreational program.