According to UNESCO, a museum is “a non-profit, permanent institution, a dynamic, changing cultural organization in the service of society and its development, open to the public on a permanent basis, which coordinates, acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible, movable and immovable, heritage of several groups and their environments for the purposes of study, education, community conciliation, and enjoyment.”
The Education Program is well aware of this definition and of the importance that it attributes to education as one of the basic purposes of a museum.
Miró wanted the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró to be a channel for making art available to all sectors of society. The Education Department strives to fulfill this desire through an education program aimed at all individuals interested in gaining a greater understanding of art. A range of different activities address the diverse public that visits the museum—families, students of all ages, teaching staff, the general public— with specific activities aimed at each one of these groups. The public has a say in all these activities, and that is why the education team members are an essential element, offering personalized attention to the different groups of visitors.
The department’s overall goals are:
• to foster and communicate a knowledge of art among all sectors of society.
• to present contemporary art as a tool for encouraging the search for personal meaning based on each individual’s experiences.
• to foster development of the public’s creativity.
For this purpose, the Fundació organizes its activities in three distinct programs that address our diverse visitor groups:
• Program for Education Centers:
o For students: tours and workshops for preschool, elementary, and secondary school students, as well as mid- and higher level vocational training and university groups.
o For teaching staff: seminars, lecture series, educational materials, and workshops.
• Program for Adults, Families, and Children: family workshops, play activities, seminars, and courses.
• Social Program: a variety of tours and workshops for groups with specific educational needs.