How to make remote art relevant?
How to make classical museums contemporary?
How to connect youth with old?
Simply: HEAR them.

National Gallery of Slovenia, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Gallery of Matica srpska, and Innovación Social Emprendedor Social have joined the HearMe project to co-create a profound museum experience for young people, which changes the way they approach the world around them. Present times demand nothing less. With the 21st century migrations, Europe is facing a change of biblical proportions. We need to rationalize what is happening around us. We need empathy, the ability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes.
Through HearMe workshops, museum educators, teachers and the youth embark on a journey towards empathy and away from intolerance.
The HearMe workshop is based on several methodologies (BrickMe, Design Thinking, Gamification, open art dialogue) that are adapted for museum setting. In the workshop, we construct our own statements out of physical matter. Although everybody uses the same material, each model looks different. We explore differences and similarities through critical thinking. We contextualize our positions. Everything becomes more complex. Connections are made while relations between models are being built. Our absolutist view becomes part of an intricate web. Then, a hypothetical situation arises and we have to solve it. Who moves where? What does that mean? Who does it affect? Employing teamwork, ingenuity, problem solving and social skills, we co-create a solution. Through smart phones, it goes viral. We link our understandings with the works of art. Within museum permanent collections, we explore the art made by migrant artists, migrant motifs and works that migrated between countries. Why were they moved? What did they leave behind? How did they change? How would we act in a similar situation? Therefore, through a series of exercises, the art becomes alive. Now, it becomes part of solutions to pressing issues. Now, we understand. Now, we work together. Now, we hear.

Free of charge
4 hours of attractive, creative, relevant, and interactive programming
Non-elitist and bottom-up approach
Discussing global topics like migrations, tolerance and empathy

During the workshops, the youth fosters KEY SKILLS NEEDED FOR THE MODERN WORLD
• Learning to learn
• Critical thinking
• Problem solving
• Teamwork
• Ingenuity
• Competitiveness
• Social and emotional skills
• Cultural awareness and expression
• Interculturalism