On October 6–7, 2022, Volyn museum workers took part in the training seminar «Accessible Promotion in Cultural Institutions», which was organized as part of the «Border Museums - Space for Intercultural Dialogue» project, which is being implemented with the financial support of the European Union as part of the Cross-Border Program cooperation Poland - (Belarus) - Ukraine 2014-2020 of the European Neighbourhood Instrument.
The training took place in the premises of the new Museum of the Central Industrial District, which is a structural unit of the Regional Museum in Stalów Wola (Republic of Poland).
Developer of author's therapy with the help of theater, teacher Maria Petrusha-Budzynska shared her experience of implementing practices of working with art in various cultural institutions. She conducted a training on the perception of museum space by blind visitors, who became workshop participants for a few minutes, in order to understand how approaches to work with cultural heritage objects and the museum environment can be changed.
Representatives of the Lesser Poland Institute of Culture in Krakow focused their attention on compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was ratified by Ukraine (2016), as well as the importance of creating not only physical, but also digital accessibility. Tomasz Wolodarski focused on information and communication technologies that are being implemented in Polish society, in particular regarding the simplification of texts, adaptation of Internet pages to the needs of different visitors. Marta Hlanda analyzed the promotional products of museums for their accessibility and showed options for their possible improvement.
An important part of the training was the practice of telling about the exhibit for blind visitors, as well as audio description of the image and adaptation of the text for accessible perception.
Volyn museum workers are grateful for the training, practical skills and methodical materials received from their Polish colleagues!