Curating a Culture of Respect / Des Maux – Des Musées – Des Mots is a FRAME Education initiative that began as a pilot project between the Museums of Strasbourg, France and the Clark Art Institute of Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States. and partner schools with the goals of building healthy human relationships, raising awareness about violence, and helping to prevent it.
Building on the innovative FRAME project model of “Talking Art," in which adjudicated youth spend time engaging with art to increase their sense of self and gain new confidence, this project aims to utilize art as a vehicle to expand awareness about human relationships, about perspectives and choices, and about violence and compassion. In other words, this project connects young people and schools with art museums as a place to explore and contemplate contemporary social issues and problems—in this case violence, from bullying to terrorism—and helps them consider their power in shaping their own worlds and the future.
In addition to engaging with art at museums, teachers are reshaping some of their classroom activities to connect with museum experiences and the related analytical thinking about the human condition. The operational strategy for the project is “synergistic co-creation," in which each of the partners shares responsibility for initiating activities and contributing to the evolution and potential impact of the project, as well as chooses levels of participation.