The PEPE program aims to guarantee to visitors with special needs – sensorial, physical or mental – the possibility of enjoying art, through multisensory and ludic stimuli.
It is crucial to note that the Pinacoteca, as a visual arts museum, can and must have pieces of work in its Collection that are accessible by different senses, either by the elaboration of sensorial paths that allow the direct contact with the original works, or by the production of multisensory support resources based on those works.
Accompanied visits are conducted by specialized educators, based on the Collection’s selection of works, including sculptures, paintings and objects, accessible through oriented touch and multisensory recreational resources. Different pathways are designed specifically for each group.
To provide the continuity of the processes triggered by the guided visits, the program designed a unique adapted catalogue, printed in ink and Braille. Some paintings from the Collection were selected for simultaneous printing on ink and in relief, which are accompanied by texts written in objective language contemplating the artist’s life and work, besides the work description. It was also elaborated an informative for the program’s disclosure and a specific guide to assist hearing impair visitors.
Multisensory and ludic additional resources
The additional resources used on the PEPE’s inclusive initiatives include: visual and tactile models of the Pinacoteca building and surroundings, two- and three-dimensional reproductions made of acrylic resin and textured rubber, sounds that relate to specific works, besides three-dimensional objects and games based on selected original works.
The program’s consistency and amplitude led to the development of training courses in art education for special and inclusive initiatives, designed for educators and professionals in the fields of arts, museums and health, generating new proposals for inclusive mediation and development of multisensory support resources for different audiences with special educational needs.
To schedule a educational visit for special public, call (+5511) 3324-0945.
One of the priorities of the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo – the oldest art museum in the State of São Paulo – is to become increasingly accessible to different audiences. Therefore, it develops educational initiatives that aims to promote the understanding of its Collection and temporary exhibitions’ works. It was as part of this effort that the Sociocultural Inclusion Program, of the Pinacoteca’s Educational Initiatives Department, was created. It aims to promote qualified access to the cultural estate present at the museum to socially vulnerable groups, which have little or no contact with official cultural institutions.
The Program’s purpose is to contribute to the promotion of qualitative changes in the daily life of these groups and to the formation of new visitor’s groups.
The main objectives of the Program are expanding the repertoire and the notion of cultural belonging of these individuals, the development of an aesthetic perception – subsidy for creations and the strengthening of the critical capacity –, promoting dialogue opportunities that establish confidence in its participants and the acquirement of cognitive, emotional or experiential knowledge and skills.
PARTNERSHIPS AND EDUCATIONAL VISITS
Through partnerships with public and private organizations that develop socio-educational initiatives, the program prepares and performs continuous education activities, caring to respond to each specific profile in order to achieve the partnership’s common goals. The results of these educational activities are constantly monitored and evaluated. Currently, the program serves a wide variety of groups, such as cooperatives and artisan groups, homeless or people living in substandard housing, deprived children or youth, among others.
TRAINING OF SOCIAL EDUCATORS
Since 2005, the Program promotes training activities for social organizations’ educators. The training seeks to assist the participants in developing, implementing and evaluating educational programs in art and culture, focusing on the inclusion of the social-cultural groups with whom they work with.
The training course has resulted in projects that articulate the actions developed by the educator’s organizations to the Pinacoteca’s education potential. The implementation of these projects receives the support and monitoring of the program’s team.
Aiming to further develop the initiatives triggered by the training course, it was developed by the Program a print informative material for social educators that focus on the education in art and patrimony, called Arte+, with the purpose of supporting these professionals in their inclusive actions. The Arte + is distributed for free to several social organization countrywide. The material consists in an informative brochure on subjects such the museum participation on social-cultural inclusion, education in museums, art concepts, among others, and also four reproductions of Pinacoteca’s works of art, which include educational activities’ suggestions.
EXTRAMUROS EDUCATIONAL ACTION
After 2008, the Program began to develop systematical educational activities outside the museum with homeless groups. These activities includes weekly artistic workshops organized in the related organizations – emphasizing engraving and writing techniques – and monthly educational visits to Pinacoteca, which aims to deepen the processes triggered by the workshops. The initiative also foresees exhibitions of these groups’ works, on the related social organizations and on the museum, as well as the elaboration of print materials with the referred works to be free distributed.
The functional conscience program was created to establish a constant dialogue with all of the museum’s employees, and has the purpose of widening everyone’s perspective on the particularities of working on a public cultural institution. The program consists in promoting meetings designed to share experiences, ludic and educational activities, visits to Pinacoteca’s exhibits and to other museums and the distribution of informative bulletins to all employees. Its aim is to improve the knowledge regarding the work on cultural institutions.