Santiago González D’Ambrosio

Responsable programa "El Prado para todos", Museo del Prado (Spain)

Santiago González, born in Madrid in 1981, studied Art History at the Universidad Autónoma, Madrid. Since December 2016, he is in charge of El Prado para todos, the educational program of the Museo del Prado for people with functional diversity. He has worked as well at the Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute, and as access responsible at the Education Department, Museo Reina Sofía (2005-2015), launching a wide range of programs for people with cognitive and sensorial disabilities, as well as design for all projects. In 2008 he obtained a two-month stay at the access area of the Metropolitan Museum, New York, meeting with museum’s staff in several cities of the East coast of the USA.

Future challenges in museum’s accessibility and inclusion: How to promote social change before the society has already changed?

The session will address the main issues a museum has to face in order to become a truly accessible and inclusive institution. It will begin with a detailed description of the program “El Prado para todos”, showing the different projects, research and publics we work with. Afterwards, we will consider the impact on the audiences and in the society, in order to generate debate and strategical proposals for the future, considering the expertise and sharing the own ideas of all participants in the workshop.

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Benefits for the participants

After fifteen years of intense work in museums accessibility in Spain, concepts and practices have evolved drastically. Specific measures have changed into inclusion; passive reception has changed into active participation and professionalization of people with functional diversity; and mainstream narratives have changed into an approach that has into account diversity and big minorities. However, museums have gone too fast and we have failed in communicating these avant-garde approaches and in giving steps at the same time as society, focusing in generating our own speech and sometimes forgetting real people.

Format of the workshop

Personal introduction, Powerpoint presentation, debate and proposals in small groups for solving different challenges, and final discussion.