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Mahatta. Words from Elsewhere, Artworks from Here


The public establishment of the Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie and SINGA France have come together to make cultural encounters and visits to heritage sites essential elements of the process to integrate refugees into French society.
This collaboration follows on from an earlier partnership between SINGA France and the Musée de l’Orangerie in 2017 based on American painting. The Mahatta project, “station” in Arabic, echoes, both in its title and its spirit, the Multaka programme organised since 2016 by the museums in Berlin for the benefit of refugees

To turn refugees into purveyors of culture
From October 2017 to June 2018, as part of Mahatta, Words from Elsewhere, Artworks from Here, the public establishment of the Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie, together with SINGA France, is organising tours of the exhibitions and permanent collections on the third Thursday of every month. At the same time, SINGA volunteers and refugees will, during this period, have special access to training courses offered by the museums. These courses aim to show what museums can offer, and to open the way for refugees to then come independently to discover our heritage sites.
In February 2018, the Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie will organise several training days introducing mediation techniques for participants in the project. We hope that these courses will enable them to become cultural intermediaries. We want them to be able, in turn, to conduct tours, in French or in their native language, and to introduce our museums to others who benefit from SINGA association programmes.

Promoting professional integration
In order to support the professional integration of refugees, the public establishment of the Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie undertakes to offer training courses and seasonal work to refugees who will benefit from SINGA association initiatives. Moreover, throughout the year, the museums will organise meetings between refugees and museum professionals, showing the broad spectrum of activities carried out by the museum staff.

In partnership with Fraternité Générale