Studies and publications

The Inclusion of Migrantes and Refugees: The Role of Cultural Organisations (2017)
Maria Vlachou (coord)

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Migration is not a new phenomenon. However, the current refugee crisis has drawn attention to a situation of greater proportions than those we have known so far, which is complex and urgent. In this context, many professionals in the cultural sector have been questioning their role and that of the cultural organisations they work for in the effort of our society to include people who are forced to migrate or to seek asylum outside and far from their countries . Where to start? What do we need to know? What to do and how? With this publication, Access Culture aims to contribute to answering some of these questions. It includes interviews, a manual with recommendations, useful contacts and bibliographical references and others.

This project was made possible with the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Access the publication in English or in Portuguese.

House on Fire at Maria Matos Municipal Theatre: Qualitative evaluation of some initiatives presented by the network (2017)
Maria Vlachou (coord).

In September 2016, the Maria Matos Municipal Theatre (Lisbon) asked Access Culture to carry out a qualitative study regarding the way its public perceives and values its programming and, in particular, its political positioning. The study included three initiatives (two performances and one debate), presented within the framework of the House on Fire network.

House on Fire brings together ten European theatres and festivals that claim a place in the public debate on social, environmental and political issues. These organisations are pursuing an international programming and co-production policy, based on the conviction that the arts have an essential role to play both in the communication between people and in the development of thought and debate about problems and challenges that our societies and the world are facing.

See the final report of our study.

Participação: Partilhando a Responsabilidade (2016)

Ana Carvalho (Coord.)

“Participação: Partilhando a Responsabilidade” (Participation: sharing the responsibility) is the result of the conference “Meu, Teu, Nosso: modelos de projectos participativos” (Mine, Yours, Ours: models of participatory projects) which took place at the Museu do Oriente in Lisbon on 12 October 2015. It brings together the texts of the presentations made at the conference, as well as texts of other culture professionals and two interviews with those responsible for the projects Our Museum and Roadside Theater.  Consult the publication in Portuguese.

Museums and Senior People in Portugal (2013)

Giles Teixeira, Margarida Lima de Faria, Maria Vlachou

Following an invitation by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to present a project in this area, GAM – Group for Access to Museums (and predecessor of Access Culture) conducted in 2010-2012 the first study in Portugal to assess the relationship between seniors and museums, as well as the actual situation of museums with regards to the senior population they serve. Through this study, we sought to develop a basis for reflection on the specific needs of seniors, in order to assist museums when making their plans, in view of this specific audience. The coordination of the study was of the responsibility of museum specialists: Giles Teixeira, Margarida Lima de Faria and Maria Vlachou. The study was conducted in partnership with ICOM Portugal and funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The final report (in Portuguese and English), as well as the recording of the public presentation of the study may be found here.


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