Musées (em)portables festival: Awarding of the "ICOM-Musée pour tous" prize
Dr Anne-Catherine Robert-Hauglustaine, Director General of ICOM, awarded the "ICOM-Musée pour tous" (ICOM-Museums for All) prize at the Musées (em)portables (Mobile Museums) festival on 13 January. Three films received awards recognising audio-visual productions featuring the relationship between museums and audiences with reduced access to culture (socially and economically disadvantaged populations, persons with disabilities, new migrants, residents of rural areas, etc.) by offering a sensitive and innovative look at the subject. First prize was awarded to T-essere Memorie, a film about an activities programme for Alzheimer's patients at the Museo delle palafitte di Fiavé in Italy. The title, T-essere Memorie, is a play on the Italian verbs essere ("to be") and tessere ("to weave"), conveying the idea that by learning how things were done in the past, Alzheimer's patients can rebuild their memories and their humanity. Second prize was awarded to the film Quand l'art sert d'union, about an educational project at the National Sculpture Museum in Valladolid, Spain that trained four people suffering from mental illness to work as museum guides for a day. Third prize went to Piquer une tête , which was filmed by a group of teenagers facing serious academic and social difficulties from Marly, in northern France, during a visit to the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Valenciennes.
The 2016 launch of the ICOM-Musée pour tous prize is part of ICOM's efforts to promote the accessibility of museums to all. This prize is at the forefront of ICOM’s activity in the international arena and will be presented once again in 2017. The Musées (em)portables festival is held every year during the SITEM Trade Show, which brings together culture and innovation professionals at the Cité de la mode et du design in Paris. In light of the 2016 edition's success, ICOM plans to renew its partnership with the festival in 2017.