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CCCB for All

Ever since it first opened its doors, the CCCB has taken on the responsibility of offering a venue where everyone can enjoy access to culture. In this regard, the Centre’s social programme includes the Alzheimer and Apropa Cultura (Bring Culture Closer) programmes, the Open All Areas project and the community practice blog on Museums and Accessibility. 

Alzheimer Programme, created in October 2010 by staff at the Centre, is a programme designed for Alzheimer patients, their families and carers. It offers guided tours of exhibitions and of the CCCB building, and a special programme of films. 

Apropa Cultura is a programme that aims to ensure accessibility to cultural facilities for all citizens. It is an initiative that brings together theatres, concert halls and museums with organisations from the social sector to make culture accessible for everyone. The CCCB has formed part of the programme since 2013 and offers visits to exhibitions and urban itineraries, as well as visits to the Casa Provincial de Caritat (Barcelona’s former almshouse, which today houses the CCCB).

As part of the CCCB accessibility programme, a sign-language interpreter accompanies the guided tours of the exhibitions on designated dates. Additionally, this programme also offers activities and special tours for the blind and visually impaired.

The CCCB and the museums of ArticketBCN, as members of the association Audiences Europe Network (AEN), are taking part in the project Open All Areas, a European programme of exchange of experiences and knowledge with the aim of growing the cultural audience and achieving access to culture for all. It is formed by seven European organisations and is being implemented thanks to a Grundtvig grant from the European Union.

The CCCB, together with other museums in Barcelona and the metropolitan area, forms part of a work group related with accessibility at museums similar to those of English-speaking communities. They have created the Community practice blog on Museums and Accessibility to compile their experiences. 

The implementation of the Catalan Government’s 2014 Accessibility Act, the advances in the area of “Design for All” and the accessibility provided by the main cultural centres and museums, as well as the need to connect with new audiences, have led to the creation of an internal work group that has paired up with Avanti Avanti to draft a CCCB Design for All management plan.

Design for All is a new key strategic factor for diverse societies, aligned with the Sustainable Development Objectives (SDO), which helps institutions to drive social innovation and adapt their projects to reach all audiences.