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New EU-funded project COME-IN! launched

On 19 September 2016 at the “Salone del Parlamento” of the Castle of Udine - the Project COME-IN! (Cooperating for Open access to Museums – towards a widEr INclusion) co-funded under the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme was officially launched.
About 60 participants gathered to listen to several guests talking about the importance of ensuring accessibility to small and medium sized museums, as a right to participate in cultural life. Federico Angelo Pirone, Councilor for Tourism and Culture of the City of Udine, expressed the willingness of the Municipality of Udine to ensure major accessibility and inclusion on the local territory, as done with the structural interventions at the archeological museum.

Amb. Giovanni Caracciolo di Vietri, CEI Secretary General of the CEI – the Project’s Lead Partner, also expressed strong commitment, in view of creating new opportunities for enhancing the cultural heritage of the territory. Indeed, the Ambassador believes that this project could contribute to further improving the link among values and culture of Central Europe and the Balkans, as well as of the EU countries.

Prof. Lucia Sarti’s lecture, given on behalf of the Rector of the University of Siena at the end of the event, focused on the main inclusion principles and “Design for all” concept, "which requires a change of mind, in all spheres of life: culture, tourism, sports and education. Increased accessibility means building a more inclusive society, offering new opportunities and possibilities, developing comfortable urban environment and ensuring higher quality of life to all citizens. Therefore, cultural heritage can become an instrument for social, civil and economic development, a learning opportunity, bringing together the needs of a wide range of users, thus becoming a common asset", said Sarti.
COME-IN (Cooperating for Open Access to Museums - towards a wider inclusion) aims at enhancing the CE cultural heritage, increasing the capacities of small and medium sized museums, by making them accessible to a wider public of people with different kinds of disabilities. The project brings together a wide network of museums, academic associations, training centers and policy makers who will strive to define transnational high-level standards and ensure know-how transfer to guarantee accessibility to museums involved in the project. Guidelines will be developed to help organise accessible collections and exhibitions for all. The approach developed during the project will be tested in the framework of pilot projects and training courses for employees of museums. This will enable the development of a “COME-IN” label to be assigned to the museums that decide to comply with accessibility standards established by the experts involved in the project.
The label will be promoted in order to extend the standards agreed upon to other museums and cultural institutions.

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