NEMO training on wellbeing and participation in museums

From 28-29 September 2022, a NEMO training day took place in Brescia, Italy, hosted by the Fondazione Brescia Musei. The focus was on “Participation and well-being” and the day included lectures by experts, study visits and networking opportunities.

Eight museum professionals from Ireland, Greece, Germany, Albania, Estonia, Hungary and Cyprus attended the training and were all covered by NEMO travel grants.  

The programme of the first day included a guided tour of the Brixia Roman Archeological Area and of the Santa Giulia Museums, with a focus on visitor services and learning devices, among which the museum game-app for children from the age of 6, featuring the beloved children character Geronimo Stilton. In the afternoon, participants visited the Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo and took part in a round table coordinated by the Head of Public Engagement, which proved to be a very important moment of peer learning and exchange for all participants.

The day ended by attending the one-day conference “Participation and well-being” one of the events organized by the Fondazione Brescia Musei within the framework of the initiative OPEN DOORS. PARTICIPATORY MUSEUMS TODAY. NEMO is together with Fondazione Brescia Musei and Fondazione Scuola dei beni e delle attività culturali co-organising the hybrid series of talks that are running from May-December 2022. 

    On the second day, participants visited the Castle of Brescia, one of the largest and best-preserved fortresses of Northern Italy.

    Find more details about the programme of the Conference “Participation for Well-being”

    • Introduced by: Francesca Bazoli President of Fondazione Brescia Musei and Stefano Karadjov Director of Fondazione Brescia Musei
    • Moderated by:  Pierluigi Sacco Full Professor University of Studies “G. d’Annunzio” Chieti
    • Antonio Camurri Scientific Director of Casa Paganini Genova - Culture and technology at the service of wellbeing: the Casa Paganini experience
    • Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev Director of Castello di Rivoli - Art, care, and health
    • Giovanna Melandri President of Fondazione MAXXI - Museums and health: the MAXXI experience
    • James O. Pawelski Director of education in the Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania - The museum as a place of flourishing
    • Tijana Palkovljević Bugarski Director of The Gallery of Matica srpska - Museums and disabilities: The Gallery of Matica srpska experience
    • Catterina Seia President of the CCW Cultural Welfare Center - Cultural welfare as a new theme of regional policies