Cristina Gazzola

Cristina Gazzola

MUVE Education

I have a graduate degree in Literature with a specialization in Art history from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice; a Specialization in Museum Education from the University of Ferrara and a II level Masters Degree in Cultural Mediation in Museums from the Roma Tre University.

Since 2002 I have been working at the Educational Activities Office of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia (MUVE). The focus of my work is on developing ways through which different kinds of audience can better engage with museum experiences. This includes planning activities for schools, families, adults and visitors with special needs, especially for the visually impaired for which I am qualified. Examples of my work include the designing of museum paths, supported by interactive card games, activity books and workshops with the aim of enhancing accessibility and inclusion. I also manage MUVE’s Facebook page @MUVEeducation and take care of the editing, production and designing of its contents and manage interactions with users and visitors.

My current research interests include the use of intercultural storytelling in museum experiences in promoting social cohesion. I am interested in how citizens of different nationalities and cultures can add new meaning, interpretations and perspectives of cultural heritage to museum collections by engaging in participatory processes of dialogue. I am also interested in how museums can foster and develop empathy in visitors, regardless of their age and background, through experiential learning, storytelling, artistic expression and transformative experiences of dialogue, discovery and understanding.

I am a member of Icom Italia, Icom Thematic Commission “Accessibilità Museale”, Icom Thematic Commission “Educazione e Mediazione”, Icom CECA – International Committee for Education and Cultural Action, SJAM – Social Justice Alliance for Museums.


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