POLAND | "Collection in Action" Education Space for Kids

“Collection in action” is the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw's first attempt to create an education space for kids based on a collection of contemporary art.The selection of works and their display was a result of the museum's educators' observations and experience gathered during previous shows featuring the museum’s permanent collection: “In the Heart of the Country” and “In the Near Future.”

For the museum, this initiative is an opportunity to gather educational activities that have been conducted since 2013, but also to welcome a new audience, one that is yet to be introduced to contemporary art. The exhibition invites children to learn about works of art made by contemporary artists in a variety of mediums — films, sculptures and installations  presented in an interactive space.  

“Collection in action” is mainly addressed to three groups of our visitors: children aged 3–6; young visitors aged 7-12, usually coming to the Museum; and their adult caregivers (encouraged to actively engage in education activities with the children).

To make the process interactive and fun, presentations of artworks have been adapted for a younger audience and include questions to prompt reflection, storytelling, and imagination. As young visitors and their chaperons make their way through the exhibition they are encouraged to share ideas, interpretations and reaction to the art. It is also an environment to explore how one can express themselves through artistic means? The children are also invited draw and use different senses to experience art in new ways. 

The education programme is realised within the framework of the Ministry of Culture and National Hertitage’s program “Kultura Dostępna.” The works presented are either from the Museum’s collection, the Filmoteka archives, or have been lent from artists. 

See photos from "Collection in Action" here


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