“After the official opening on April 30th, today the Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria becomes even more open and accessible.” With these words, the museum’s director, Carmelo Malacrino, presented to the press the important social project “The MArRC speaks LIS” conceived by the General Director for Valorization of Cultural Heritage of MiBACT, in regards to the realization of innovative development projects in the audiovisual and multimedia sector – Project accessibility for the visually impaired and the deaf, promoted by the Superintendency of Archaeology Calabria. Thanks to the video guide in Italian Sign Language (LIS), conducted by digi.Art, even the deaf can visit the new layout of the museum by themselves, a true experiential journey through the history of Ancient Greece.
The video guide, as well as being integrated on the monitor display areas on the four floors of the museum, can also be accessible from your mobile devices. Just connect to the website – sito– to get all the necessary information immediately. As pointed out by the director of the videos, they were made in order to explain the logic of the new layout, outline the individual exhibits and learn about the services available at Palazzo Piacentini. Also, in providing maximum accessibility, now the museum offers to deaf visitors, 20 available tablets. Just go to the bookshop to receive the device, then choose a video from the menu, selecting the point of reference and then the topic, or scan the QRcode codes that are located each of the exhibits.
Emphasizing the importance of the project that sees the MarRc on the cutting edge in comparison to many other national and international museums, Director Malacrino gives merit to the initiative of Dr. Simonetta Bonomi, currently the head of Archaeological Superintendence of Venice. In speaking about the the project which started two and a half years ago with funds made available by the General Directorate for the Promotion of Cultural Heritage, Bonomi stressed that the Museum of Reggio now has an extra service “that not every museum can boast,” making it “a very welcoming museum.” Bonomi has also evidenced that it is also necessary to overcome other barriers, for example to ensure a better use of museum services also for the visually impaired.
Acclaim for the initiative was received by the President of the Regional Council of Calabria, Nicola Irto, who frames the initiative within a larger scenario of change within the Italian museum system, stressing the commitment of Director Malacrino in making the museum a dynamic attraction. The councilor for culture and legality for the Province of Reggio Calabria, Eduardo Lamberti Castronuovo highlighted the value of “museum ethics” and the initiative, noting the importance of teamwork by the Malacrino’s team. The commissioner did not forget to thank Dr. Bonomi for the commitment to our city. “The bronzes are here for her,” he said, launching the idea to the Region and the Municipality the proposal to recognize Bonomi as an honorary citizen.
A commitment to overcome in synergy other barriers to make culture more accessible, ensuring equal opportunities came from the Municipality of Reggio Calabria, by the assessor of Social Policies, Giuseppe Marino. A goal shared by the Provincial ENS President, Carmelo Ollio, with thanks to translator Lis Teresa Muraca, said he “hoped to be able to collaborate more with the museum,” adding, “this time we used the language of the common signs in Italian, next time maybe might use the American sign language.”
To illustrate the project on a technical and operational plain was Rosanna Pesce of digi.Art, whose focus was on ease-of-use for the video guide. The texts are taken from the original designs drawn by archaeologists for the museum panels and follow the different museum exhibitions.