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  1. The problem of migration has recently become more and more urgent and, of course, museums cannot remain on the sidelines either. There are exhibitions dedicated to the topic of migration (for example, “Dear Muscovites and guests of the capital” in the Gilyarovsky Center in 2019).

    Museums also develop joint projects to work on this topic. One of the most successful examples is the inter-museum festival on migration and ethno-cultural diversity “Point of Displacement”, organized by the Museum of Moscow, the Garage Museum of Modern Art and the State Tretyakov Gallery.

    Some museums directly help integrate migrants into new communities. The Garage Museum of Modern Art is actively engaged in this field. Since 2017, the Museum has been offering courses in Russian as a foreign language for employees with migration experience, and in 2019, courses in Georgian and Uzbek for those who wish (the School of Neighboring Languages project) were held. In the future, guided tours are also planned in the languages of the countries of origin of the largest number of people with migration experience in Russia. Garage also launched a “Course on the basics of working with people with migration and forced displacement experience” in 2020, dedicated to various aspects of integrating migrants into the museum environment, and trained 15 specialists who create educational projects taking into account ethno-cultural diversity.

    In St. Petersburg, the festival on migration and contemporary culture “dõst”, aimed at introducing progressive genres at the intersection of different cultures, has become notable. Special attention can also be paid to the course for the adaptation of migrant children “Art Baggage”, held in MISPe in 2018. It aimed to integrate children and parents with migration experiences into the social and cultural environment through accessible and universal art forms.

    Speaking of international experience, the Berlin Multaka program is a very successful inter-museum project: it has been in existence since 2015 and helps refugees and migrants from Syria and Iraq to conduct excursions about the culture of their countries using the example of works from German museum collections.

    Museums help with the integration of migrants into communities and attempt to reduce negative attitudes towards the phenomenon of forced displacement. It is hoped that such projects will continue to develop and attract the attention of more and more people in the future.

  2. The work of museums with the community of people with experience of migration and forced displacement began in Russia quite recently. But, of course, this is a very important area that is developing.

    For example, the Garage Museum is now planning to launch guided tours with translations into Uzbek, Tajik and Kyrgyz. This will allow people with migration experience who do not speak Russian well enough to receive information in a format that is more convenient for them.

    A good foreign case study is the German interinstitutional project Multaka. As part of this project, in 2015 the state museums in Berlin offered people with migration experience to take guided courses. Now graduates of the course conduct guided tours for representatives of their own community not only in German, but also in their native Arabic. Similar projects are emerging in other countries.

    It is important to note that it is not enough to work only with people with migration experience, it is also necessary not to forget about the educational program, which should be aimed at people without migration experience – local residents. The level of hostility towards people with migration experience is quite high in Russia and in Moscow in particular. Therefore, it is very important to combat psychological barriers and stereotypes around people with migration and forced displacement experience

  3. Good afternoon! In 2016-2018, the State Museum of the History of Religion hosted the project “Migrants in the Museum. Experience of social inclusion”. The project partners are: the Roma Education Fund, the Cathedral Mosque of St. Petersburg, and secondary schools in St. Petersburg, where a significant number of students are children from migrant families. The project reached the final of the Intermuseum Festival of Museums 2018.

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