Role of Museums in Arts Education

Education is one of the key activities of museums, together with keeping, research and presentation of museum objects. Today, with the permanently growing information flow, society needs, more than ever before, to get targeted, verified and comprehensible information. Museums, which have, have been accumulating civilization experience of the humankind for centuries along with universities and scientific and research institutions represent valuable sources of such information. As a unique intermediary between the object of historical and cultural heritage and recipient of cultural codes — the visitor — museums offer almost unlimited possibilities in the area of education.

In light of the modern vision of museums as full-scope scientific, cultural and educational centers, museums generally focus on creating opportunities for visitors to develop and realize their creative potential as well as easy and entertaining ways for visitors to gain new knowledge and skills. One of the most popular forms of such work, typical of museums in all CIS countries (both large and small — district, school), is offering various craft workshops and master classes for children and adults.

Specialized programs are also being developed to allow the museums to contribute to integrating people with limited abilities into the active cultural life of the community (for example, in the National Art Museum of Moldova, etc.).

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