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Museums and Their International Audiences

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The National Museum, the Centre for Presenting Cultural Heritage in cooperation with the Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures, held on the 24th and the 25th October 2017 a specialised seminar entitled “Museums and Their International Audiences” focusing on the work of the museum staff with foreigners who are living in the Czech Republic and foreign visitors. The seminar presented innovative projects from the environments of museums and galleries that present the culture and the history of foreigners and national minorities who are living in the Czech Republic, it dealt with the role of museums in the field of integration of foreigners and with possibilities of cooperation with the non-profit sector in this area. On the second day of the seminar a specific intercultural skills training was held.

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Gallery as an Open Space. The Collaboration of the Educational Department of Prague City Gallery with a Foreign Audience

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Prague City Gallery, one of the major Czech cultural institutions, organises exhibitions, educational events and other accompanying programmes that are designed not only for Czech but also for foreign audiences. The purpose of this article is to introduce its activities and its openness towards foreign-language visitors - tourists, schools and students from other countries. It is not only its exhibition and the gallery’s operation that count with guests from abroad, but also the organisation of the exhibitions and the service provided for the visitors and the promotion. The interesting topics mentioned in the article include direct communication with these visitors and their integration and active involvement in the educational events. The focus of the text is on drawing inspirational and interesting examples from practice. Other activities of Prague City Gallery that are referred to in the article include cooperation with foreign countries, especially in regard to exhibitions and other similar projects. In conclusion, the development possibilities, the potential, the plans and the other visions concerning further positive development in this area are described.

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