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The French - Russian Bi-lateral Training Program

 The Training Program for Museum Professionals introduces the museum’s scene in France and in Russia presenting professionals with new approaches to exhibiting modern arts in historical buildings, and cultural heritage institutions. It gives an insight into educational activities and public relations work of museums engaging traditional and new audiences, and shows how to exhibit traditional and modern arts as interacting elements of joint concepts.
The French – Russian Bi-lateral Training Program is a part of the Foundation’s Museum Bridges Program. It is co-funded and organized by Vladimir Potanin Foundation and Institut Français de Russie.

The program consists of 2 phases. The first phase of this program (May - June 2016) is a 7-day intensive training for Russian museum professionals in France providing:  

  • getting to know the national-wide system of museums and cultural heritage institutions: structure, strategies, key interaction principles, audiences
  • site visits to leading national and local museums and heritage objects (custles, residences, homesteads) in France – discussing up-to-date approaches to incorporating modern arts objects and concepts to traditional exhibitions and classic environments
  • consultation with advisors and shadowing museum professionals
  • a network of museum professionals in Russia and France.

The second phase of the program (autumn 2016) will build upon the networks and partnerships established under phase one by sponsoring reciprocal visit of five French museum professionals to the Russian museums to encourage joint learning and continued collaboration. The museum professionals will visit leading museums in Moscow/St. Petersburg as well as those in the regions.

This exchange training program for Russian and French museum professionals is co-funded by the Vladimir Potanin Foundation and the Institut Français de Russie. The study program and leadership will be provided by the Pro-Arte Foundation for Culture and Arts in Russia. For more information on the program, please click here (in Russian).