EDI Global Forum

Online Symposium Presented by Fondazione Morra Greco

Dec, 2021

This three day online symposium brings together diverse perspectives from six continents to address how we increase accessibility, diversity and inclusion, and sustainable development in art and education. The symposium launches the EDI digital platform linking art education departments and initiatives across the world in order to develop new tools for art mediation, promoting the social role of art institutions as instruments of well-being and cultural participation. By facilitating dialogue between policy-makers, art-educators, curators, artists, and a wide array of publics, promoting active collaboration, co-creation, and respect for difference, EDI endeavours to contribute to more sustainable futures through transformative encounters with art and artistic thinking.


Tuesday 14 December

Introduction to EDI Global Forum and EDI Ambassadors

10:00-10:30 (CET)

Maurizio Morra Greco, President, Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples, Italy
Alessandra Drioli, Head of Programmes, Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples, Italy
Diana Campbell, International Relations, EDI Project at Fondazione Morra Greco, Napoli; Artistic Director, Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka ; Chief Curator, Dhaka Art Summit

Taking Institutional Values Outside of the Institution - Promoting Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion, and Sustainability Through Art and Education 

10:30-12:00 (CET) 

Representatives from museums and festivals in Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Africa will speak to ways in which their institutions work to take the knowledge and values from inside the institutions out of their buildings to reach publics who might have not previously engaged with formal art institutions before. 

Chiara Del Prete, Communication Specialist and Audience Engagement, Museo Egizio, Turin, Italy
Mai Komoriya, Producer, Manchester International Festival, Manchester, United Kingdom 
Hannah Clark, Associate Producer, Manchester International Festival, Manchester, United Kingdom 
Gill Nicol, Director and Audience Engagement, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia 
Storm Janse van Rensburg, Senior Curator and Head of Curatorial Affairs, Zeitz MoCAA, Cape Town, South Africa
Liesl Hartman, Head of Education, Zeitz MoCAA, Cape Town, South Africa

Educating about Beauty and Promoting Social Inclusion: The Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents Migrating Objects

12pm -1.30 pm (CET) 

On the occasion of the exhibitionMigrating Objects. Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the museum offers activities based on translanguaging pedagogy to anyone with a migrant background. Thanks to this educational approach, the program promotes plurilingualism, facilitates intercultural dialogue and favors empowerment, proposing an inclusive and intercultural vision. 

Elena Minarelli, Head of Education Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
Michela Perrotta, Education Department Peggy Guggenheim  Collection, Venice, Italy
Claudia Meneghetti, MILE - Museums and Innovation in Language Education (CREL – Center for Research in Educational Linguistics - Ca' Foscari University), Venice, Italy
Fabiana Fazzi, MILE - Museums and Innovation in Language Education (CREL – Center for Research in Educational Linguistics - Ca' Foscari University), Venice, Italy 
Alessia Montefusco, artistic coordinator of Dedalus Cooperativa Sociale, together with educators and students of the intercultural center Officine Gomitoli, Naples, Italy

Decolonising the Canon 

3 pm - 4.30 pm (CET) 

This panel unites educators who question and work to update systems that do not give ample weight to histories of culture in contexts such as Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Oceania relative to North American and European frameworks of viewing the world. What if these contexts held keys to overcoming so many contemporary challenges of race, environmental justice, and new forms of urbanism? 

Sean Anderson, Director of the Bachelor of Architecture program at the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning Cornell University, New York, USA; Trustee Africa Futures Institute, Accra, Ghana 
Iain Chambers, anthropologist, sociologist and expert in cultural studies, Naples, Italy
Iftikhar Dadi, Professor and Chair of the Department of History of Art and Director of the South Asia Program at Cornell University, New York, USA 
Jerome Haferd, Co-founder of Harlem-based design practice BRANDT : HAFERD and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, New York, USA
Mpho Matsipa, Educator, Researcher, Curator, Leob Fellow '22 Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Board of Academic Advisors, Africa Futures Institute, Accra, Ghana 
Ming Tiampo, Professor, Co-Director Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis, and Co-Principal Investigator of Worlding Public Cultures, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada 

Artists and Transversal Pedagogy

4.30 pm - 6 pm (CET) 

Art is a space of freedom; a space to traverse the many limitations society imposes on people. Artists from around the world are collaborating with art institutions to expand the limits of formal education systems. The panelists will discuss how such collaborations have contributed to the creation of expanded schools for life-long learning. 

Anne Barlow, Director, Tate St. Ives, Cornwall, UK
Adriana Bustos, Artist, Buenos Aires,Argentina
Aaron Cezar, Director, Delfina Foundation, London, United Kingdom
Matteo Lucchetti, Curator, Visible Project, Rome, Italy
Ahmet Ogut, Artist, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Kathryn Weir, Director, MADRE, Naples, Italy 
Virginia Zanetti, Artist and Art Professor, Florence, Italy


Wednesday 15 December

Art Education and New Technologies

10 am -11.30  am

This panel brings together innovators in the space of technology to address how new networks enabled by unprecedented digital connectivity can power new publics to engage with education and art. 

Nadim Makarim, Minister of Education and Culture, Jakarta, Indonesia 
Korvi Rakshand, Founder of Jaago Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh 
Alessandro Rubini, Head of Education and Cultural Innovation Department, MEET - Digital Culture Center, Milan, Italy
Antonio Alfredo Capuano, Professor, New Technologies of Art, Academy of Fine Arts in Naples, Italy
Antonio Grillo, Professor, New Technologies of Art, Academy of Fine Arts in Naples, Italy

Re-inventing Presence. Strategies of Engagement Across and Through the Pandemic

12.00pm 1.00 pm (CET) 

How can museums imagine different forms of presence and participation? The MAXXI Education Office shares reflections and practices by means of case studies and demonstrations of online workshops developed around the museum’s permanent collection of contemporary art and architecture. 

Marta Morelli, Head of Education, Fondazione MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo Roma and L’Aquila, Italy
Stefania Napolitano, Architect, Senior Heritage Educator, Fondazione MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo Roma and L’Aquila, Italy
Giovanna Cozzi, Art Historian, Senior Heritage Educator, Fondazione MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo Roma and L’Aquila, Italy

A più voci – With Many Voices

3 pm - 4.30 pm (CTE)

With Many Voices offers people living with Alzheimer’s Disease the opportunity to express themselves through art and proposes a model for communication that is still possible. In urging people to resort to their imagination rather than to their memory, to their creativity rather than to their logical and cognitive capabilities, we enhance each participant’s ability to communicate. 

Irene Balzani, Education Department, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy
Luca Carli Ballola, Geriatric Educator, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy


Thursday 16 December

Education Oriented Tours of Two of the Newest Museum Spaces of 2021 - GES-2 (Moscow) and the New Jim Thompson Art Center (Bangkok)

10 am - 11.30  am (CET) 
Virtual Tour

This session will introduce us to two of the world’s newest infrastructures for art and culture - GES-2 in Moscow and the new building of the Jim Thompson Art Centre in Bangkok - through the lens of art education and art mediation tools geared towards neuro and sensory diversity which are being used to draw new and existing audiences to these highly anticipated new spaces. 

Sasha Anikushin, Curator, Educational Experience Department, V-A-C Foundation, Moscow, Russia 
Gridthiya Gaweewong, Director, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand 

Fixed Place: a Participatory Project between Art, Vulnerability, and Citizenship

12pm -1.30 pm (CET) 

Born from the belief that art is a space of mutual growth and promotion of the development of a person, The Fixed Place project makes the museum a place of dialogue and interaction, bringing in people who might have otherwise been confined to invisibility, creating a training-ground for meaningful social engagement between people of diverse backgrounds.  

Giovanna Brambilla,Head of Educational Department, GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy

Art and Climate Change

4.30 pm - 6 pm   

With an eye to how sustainability translates into concerted action on climate, spatial, and social justice, this session invites curators, gallerists, designers, and community organizers to share various approaches and perspectives of how to institutionalize sustainability as a value, speaking to the role that art education can play in addressing our shared global concern about climate change. 

Andrea Conte - Andreco, Visual Artist and Scientist, Climate Art Project, Rome, Italy
Greg Hilty, Trustee, Gallery Climate Coalition; Curatorial Director, Lisson Gallery, London, United Kingdom 
Heath Lowndes, Managing Director, Gallery Climate Coalition, London, United Kingdom
Aoife Fannin, Project Coordinator, Gallery Climate Coalition, London, United Kingdom 
James Lingwood, Co-Director, ArtAngel, London, United Kingdom 
Nina Paim, Co-Director, Futuress, Basel, Switzerland, Srijan Abartan, Dhaka, Bangladesh