Pushkin State Museum and HSE launch the Summer School

The main topic of the summer school will be digital accessibility of cultural institutions.

Pushkin State Museum and HSE launch the Summer School


Until May 31, the Pushkin Museum selected participants of the school: employees of inclusive and educational projects, art therapists, guides, as well as leading creative studios and circles. The classes themselves will be held from July 1 to 10 in online. Some of them will be taught by teachers of the HSE Center for Digital Cultures and Media Literacy. The experience exchange program "Summer School of Inclusive Practices" has been held at the State Museum of Fine Arts since 2018.

Students of the summer school of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and the Center for Digital Cultures and Media Literacy of the Higher School of Economics will be 20 people from Russian regions — museum workers who develop an accessible environment in cultural institutions, as well as interact with visitors. They will receive lectures, discussions, online tours and master classes from experts in the field of inclusion and the use of digital tools. In addition to theoretical classes, participants of the school will also get to practical classes on working with children and adults with special needs, visual and hearing disabilities. The speakers of the school will be employees of the Pushkin Museum, representatives of the charity fund "Absolute-Help", professionals of the museum community, as well as teachers of the Center for Digital Cultures and Media Literacy of the Higher School of Economics. Anna Kachkaeva, the professor and the director of the Center for Digital Cultures and Media Literacy, talks about the relevance of the project:

The museum and its digital environment support a culture of constant learning and thinking, focused on growth, development, cooperation, interaction with each other, moderation of experience and participation. Museums are actively turning from exclusive places to inclusive ones, from places of education to places of learning. They are increasingly becoming media, realizing that users of digital stories and extensions can turn into offline visitors at any time, and many-to-many communication is already a familiar part of digital life.

The professor is sure that after 2020, with its global leap from physical space to digital, it will be important and interesting for the staff of regional museums to discuss the idea of "museum as media" with professionals and discuss how assistive technologies affect "digital accessibility". Teachers of the HSE Center for Digital Cultures and Media Literacy will tell the students about the digital projects, the essence of the "digital museum", discuss with them the creation of accessible digital projects with simultaneous translation into Russian sign language, etc. At the same time, the public part of the program will be open to everyone.

The first project implemented by the students of the experimental course was the project for the Museum of L. N. Tolstoy "Appendices to the museum. Students — Tolstoy", the first landmark — the diploma project of the satellite site "Museums in the neighborhood" of the four small Tretyakov Gallery museums, included in the number of digital resources of the gallery. In May 2021, a "digital project" is being defended for the new Sergei and Pavel Tretyakov Museum, which will open in Moscow in summer.

Anna Kachkaeva adds that HSE has been cooperating with cultural institutions for a long time. So in 2016, the master's program "Transmedia Production in Digital Industries" launched an experimental course "Museums in the digital environment". A few years ago, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, as well as several leading museums in the country, became partners of the "Museum Profile" of the master's program of the Department of Media "Transmedia Production in Digital industries". Since 2018, with the support of the Vladimir Potanin Charitable Foundation, the profile has been training transmedia producers in the field of culture and museum affairs.

The managers of the exchange program hope that the joint educational project of the museum and the HSE Center for Digital Cultures and Media Literacy will be useful for all its participants.

Original news: https://www.hse.ru/news/edu/474591495.html

Diana Tsarkova