The Project POST-DOC/0916/0248 is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research and Innovation Foundation. The project, entitled “Museum Affinity Spaces (MAS): Re-imagining Museum-School Partnerships for the 21st century through a Multiliteracies Lens” runs from November 2018 until October 2020.
The implementation of the proposed project is expected to have long-term value and benefit at a local and regional level, as emergent online learning tools and e-learning methods are now more than ever profoundly ‘popular tools’, in a post-digital world, especially after the coronavirus outbreak.
The education and cultural sectors have been tremendously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the social, educational and economic crises, demand digitally mediated ways to respond to increasing challenges. Given the current socio-economic and cultural conditions in the European Union and beyond, alongside the increasing flow of immigrants and refugees, adhering to museums as learning institutions that can nurture cultural participation and inclusion, is imperative.
Our belief is that the development of inclusive and sustainable museum-school synergies through online, museum multiliteracies learning, is more relevant and meaningful than ever.
The MAS project is timely and its value through the digital infrastructure and the Pedagogical Framework developed and implemented, are immense towards preparing all students, including culturally and linguistically diverse, for a post-COVID, post-digital era.