"Museum Explorers Club" at Museo ICO
Museo ICO. Calle Zorrilla, 3. Madrid
The "Museum Explorers Club" is a program designed by the Queens Museum of Art for families affected by autism. With a flexible visit-workshop format, the sessions are intended for children affected by the autism spectrum who enjoy the activity and work collaborativelly with their families (parents, grandparents and siblings). In a fun and educational way, families discover the galleries of the Museum and have the opportunity to put into practice what they have learned and develop their creativity in the Studio/workshop, inspired by the pieces that have been discovering. Exploration and playing will help them to establish connections with the works of art, building its own visual vocabulary.
The project is based on a very flexible program of workshop visits wherethe educators can combine multiple disciplines and experiences, including visits to other museums or institutions. The 6-week program, represents an integral work not only with children, but with the whole family.
As a pilot experience, on January 12, 2013, the New York "Museum Explorers Club" traveled virtually with us to the Museo ICO. Participants explored with our hablarenarte: Education Coordinator Sofía de Juan the exhibition of the Architect Ma Yansong and his vision for the city. Based on the concepts discovered during this virtual trip, families designed their own buildings with "nature" and "movement" as reference points, coordinated by Jennifer Candiano and Michelle Lopez, educators in charge of the project at the Queens Museum of Art.
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