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Telling stories in the Big Apple: Tenement Museum

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We tend to consider museums as places that curate materials, objects and resources and present interpretations of them. However they are also places where experiences can be shared through storytelling as they are spaces for empathy.

Stories share personal experiences in an authentic and easily accessible form. They feel familiar, yet enable us to step into the shoes of others. They are full of detail, but leave space for us to insert our own thoughts, feelings and memories.

Stories can be used to help us make sense of the world. Through stories new perspectives can be shared that may change how we think and feel.

An example of this is a museum in the heart of the Big Apple will give you the experience of the past, in the New York of the late 1800’s, when, with the increasing arrival of immigrants, the cosmopolitan and multicultural society that characterises America today.

The Tenement Museum is built inside a building where more than 7,000 immigrants from various countries found hospitality between 1863 and 1935. Inside you can discover using the technique of storytelling the stories of some immigrant families, who left details and memories of their new life in New York.

On the website of the museum there are also many virtual paths to keep the activities going even during Covid lockdown.

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An exhibition “Kallos, The Ultimate Beauty”

Kallos imageThe Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens organised the exhibition “Kallos, The Ultimate Beauty” (29/9/21 – 16/1/22). “Kallos” is an ideal developed in Ancient Greek thinking and was expressed by the epic and the lyric poets, initially referring to outward beauty. From the 6th century BC, philosophers referred to Kallos as a combination of physical beauty and virtues of the soul.

The exhibition displays three hundred emblematic antiquities from fifty two museums and collections from Greece, Italy and the Vatican.

The exhibition was curated by Professor Nikolaos Chr. Stampolidis and Dr. Ioannis Fappas, was done with the generous support of L’ Oreal and was visited by thousands of people. The exhibition was also the inspiration of a new collection of items that are sold in the museum shop and the e-shop.

The museum received excellent publicity on the Greek and International media through many press releases before and during the exhibition. “Kallos” is an example of a good practice of the cultural world cooperating with the business world, for the benefit of both.

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Pandemic funding targeted for cultural activities

This article highlights the importance of  targeted funds for culture and heritage activities.museum photo

In the UK in winter 2021, emergency funding available for arts, culture and heritage was doubled to £60 million to tackle the impact of the Omicron variant. £60m would give crucial support to museums, cinemas, theatres and heritage across the country, with more time to submit applications to benefit as many of those affected as possible.

This funding recognised the importance of the winter period for the arts, heritage and creative sectors and will provide vital emergency grants, doubling the amount previously available in the last round of the Culture Recovery Fund.

UK Government funding through Arts Council England will also provide an immediate £1.5 million to support freelancers affected by the pandemic, as well as a further £1.35 million from the theatre sector. This will provide grants of £650,000 each directly to the Theatre Artists Fund, Help Musicians and £200,000 to one, Artists Information Company, a charity for visual artists which will distribute money to freelancers in the coming weeks.

In Europe, the EC has produce a Coronavirus response plan for the culture and creative organisations. For instance,  the Creative Europe programme was adapted to the Covid situation in order to help artists, beneficiaries, and other participants in the programme to overcome the difficulties and uncertainties that resulted from measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. The Commission together with the European Education and Culture Executive Agency applied the maximum flexibility it could in the implementation of the programme, within the limits of the applicable legal framework. Projects that needed, have been adapted or amended in order to continue their activities.

Since 2021, a new Creative and Media programme has been launched  with a budget of € 2.44 billion and new calls are being published. Find out more about the new European programme

The Synopsis project has created a fundraising module to support the training of those working in European cultural heritage. Find out more