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For Love of Art (De dragul artei) Association Launches the Project: Muse. Music. Museum

Thursday, 10 May 2012 , ora 9.28
In a season of joy and creativity, the For Love of Art Association invites children between two and six years of age to enjoy music and exercise in an innovative way, at the 'George Enescu' National Museum, in 141 Victoriei Ave., Bucharest.

The Association, though the project Muse. Music. Museum, in partnership with the Museum, tries to implement some creative educational programs, unique on the Romania's cultural market. The starting point is the building and the exposition in the Museum and the educational model is in stimulating the children to translate these objects in music and exercise. Everything will take place under the supervision of museum education and creative dance specialists and with the help of instrument players who will play and enchant the audience with fragments from well-known works of Enescu's universe.

Several types of carefully selected stimuli are proposed: the objects presented inside the Museum, the decorative elements of the building, music and instruments, movement and dancing. The programmes are comprised of an interactive visit to the Museum and an exercise and music workshop, and these solutions came after the pilot visits which meant to verify children's reactions to the themes and objects presented.

'The idea came out of the necessity to propose young children music and exercise programmes, their main two passions. And, since we are specialists in museum education, this program could only take place in a museum, 'George Enescu' National Museum being the most appropriate place to play educative and creatively with instruments, sounds, with the body and mind' Raluca Bem Neamu - the coordinator of the Muse. Music. Museum project told us.

The Muse. Music. Museum project also targets, aside from the creative educational programs in the 'George Enescu' National Museum, the development of a pedagogical folder as an example of good strategy for museums, and also creating educational ways which are meant to encourage children's visitation.

'Regarding the museum's activity, I think it is a new and welcomed activity that can complement the programs we already have in our institution, but it is also a challenge. We can talk to children about Enescu, and how? I believe this project has the answer to those requests.' Cristina Andrei, general manager of the 'George Enescu' National Museum told us.

The whole educational approach will have creativity as a primary target; by combining several arts under the same program it is aimed the natural absorption of practices and values by young children who, in the future, will approach culture in an easy, accessible and attractive manner.

The architecture of the Cantacuzino Palace that houses the museum, the garden with a generous playground, the exhibits with different stories and the musical instruments… wait for the children to embark on a natural friendship with sounds, rhythm, dance and colour.

Programme Structure:

16th May, 10.30 a.m. - the first program in which a kindergarten group is present;

15th May - 15th June - programs meant for kindergartens (Wednesday to Friday, according to their demands);

15th June - 1st August - programs destined for families with children with ages between two and six (Saturday or Sunday);

1st September - 15th November - programs destined for families with children with ages between two and six (Saturday or Sunday).


For kindergartens: appointments are mandatory and they are possible only Monday to Friday, by e-mail at: dorothea@dedragulartei.ro or by telephone: +40747 027 353. The group must not exceed twenty participants. Because of the small number of programs, each kindergarten can only enlist one group.

For Families: appointments are mandatory and they are possible only in the week of the selected program, Monday to Friday, by e-mail at: dorothea@dedragulartei.ro (must specify the date, name and age of the child) or by telephone: +40747 027 353.

The fee is the entrance ticket to the Museum: 6 lei/per adult, free of charge for children.

Translated by Florina Sămulescu
MTTLC, Bucharest University