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Conference Experiencing the Museum: People with Migrant Backgrounds

5–7 December 2019


Garage Museum of Contemporary Art announces the fifth annual conference Experiencing the Museum. The next edition examines how cultural institutions and people with experience of migration interact.

In 2019, Garage Inclusive Programs Department launched a new program aimed at people with experience of migration. The Museum’s work is focused on both the community of people with migrant backgrounds (by adapting exhibition and education programs and offering special guided tours, workshops, and courses) and on audiences without such experience (where the main goal is to decriminalize the image of “migrants” and encourage greater humanity in society).

An important step in shaping this new area of work is the Museum’s professional program, including lectures, discussions, and workshops on the topics of migration and migration processes, which have been running in recent months. December’s conference will raise the program to a new level.

The conference Experiencing the Museum: People with Migrant Backgrounds will run for three days, each of which will be based around a different agenda. Participants will discuss the general issues and international trends in the field of migration and forced migration, the specifics of interaction between cultural institutions and people with migrant experiences, and education and work with young people.

The conference aims to draw the attention of the professional museum community and experts from the social sphere to migration issues and work out new ways of building dialogue and strengthening interethnic relations.

The conference will feature guest speakers from international organizations and the cultural and educational spheres in France, Germany, the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, and Russia.

Previous editions of the conference Experiencing the Museum focused on work with deafblind, deaf and hard of hearing people, blind and partially sighted people, and people with learning disabilities.

The conference is organized with the support of the Delegation of the European Union to Russia.



Free admission with advance registration.

The event is accessible for deaf and hard of hearing visitors and will be translated into Russian Sign Language.

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