Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Voiced: Inclusivity, empowerment and wellbeing for a museum community

30 January 2023, 11:00 am–12:15 pm

close up of woven fabric, photo by Kaz Madigan

Part of the seminar series, The Spaces Between: Equity, Voice, Agency and Care Practices Involving the Arts and Arts Therapies

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Javiera Sandoval Limari

Museums, as neutral, non-judgmental spaces, play an important role in enhancing mental, social and physical aspects of a community. This talk explores how museums build and grow in collaboration with their community partners. To drive creativity and agency, participants can benefit from such social spaces for experiential and experimental opportunities that provide access to artsbased wellness & art therapy content and programming. This is achieved through engagement and empowerment by offering multimodal therapeutic opportunities from moments of calm, reflection and self-expression in connection with the museum’s collection and the architecture.

Maral Jule Bedoyan
MA in Museums and Gallery practice from UCL Qatar. Leading the Department of Education and the Wellbeing initiative at Louvre Abu Dhabi

Richa Mehta
Art Therapy, Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. MA in Education with focus on Society, Cultures and Languages, University of Ottawa. Senior Learning Resources Officer. Arts for wellbeing initiative at Louvre Abu Dhabi.

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Photo by Kaz Madigan