MEST Oslo 2022

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – seminar for educators from Jewish museums in Europe. The 2022 edition focusses on best practice in educational programming for secondary schools and zooms in on Gen Z.

Gen Z is born between 1997-2012 and is mostly known as digital natives, but also for their more flexible attitudes towards identity, diversity, gender, and individualism. Due to the pandemic, museums have not been able to physically welcome Gen Z on their premises over the last years. Now that the museum sector is gradually opening its physical doors again, our educators and Gen Z are experiencing a reboot. How does Gen Z challenges us to develop new educational practices? Which opportunities does Gen Z offer to museums and museum pedagogues?

The intensive 3-day MEST seminar programme comprised various hands-on workshops, presentations, and discussion, as well as behind-the-scenes visits to museums in the Oslo area and meetings with Norwegian museum professionals at the Intercultural Museum, The 22. July Center, and the Memorial and Learning Centre at Utøya. The workshop programme consisted of the following sessions:

  • workshop Exploring Gen Z, with Alexandra Palm from (NO), Mats Tangestuen from Oslo Jewish Museum (NO), and Katarzyna Suskiewicz from Galicia Jewish Museum (PL)
  • keynote session and workshop on Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness in Museums, by Jolien Posthumus, Programme Manager Menthal Health at Museum of the Mind (NL)
  • workshop Creating a Safe Space for Gen Z, by Elzbieta Grab from POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (PL)
  • workshop on the on.tour outreach programme for secondary schools from the Jewish Museum Berlin, by Sarah Hiron (DE)
  • workshop on Marketing & Communication Strategies with Schools, by Lisa Shames from Jewish Museum London (UK)

Read the full MEST Oslo seminar 2022 here.
October 24-26, 2022

Initiated by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw and Oslo Jewish Museum (NO), AEJM’s Museum Education Seminars and Training (MEST) is a new professional development programme that addresses educators from Jewish museums in Europe. The programme consisted of a series of online activities, comprising interactive workshops and lectures, exchange of best practice, peer-to-peer support and network opportunities. Jewish Museum in Trondheim (NO) holds a role of as a partner in the programme.