When cultures collide, art serves as the ideal language to foster a culture of peace!
In May 2016, Berlin Glas was approached by the organizers of Multaka: Museum as Meeting Point – Refugees as Guides in Berlin Museums to teach six monthly workshops at the Berlin Glas studio. Multaka is a collaboration between four of the State Museums in Berlin: The Museum of Islamic Art, The Museum of Ancient Sculpture, the Byzantine Collection, and the German Historical Museum. Multaka invites Syrian and Iraqi refugees to be trained as museum guides so that they can then provide guided museum tours for Arabic-speaking refugees in their native language. In order to create reciprocal awareness of the diverse cultural backgrounds of the refugees, in March 2016, Multaka started offering workshops to complement the guided tours. The workshops are intended to create mutual exchanges and opportunities for participants to get to know one another. Museum objects will serve as starting point for participants to reflect on their own cultural backgrounds, as well as present the opportunity to strengthen cultural awareness and sensitivity by helping refugees learn about German culture and history.
Multaka: Treffpunkt Museum Painting with Mold-Blowing – 02.06.-04.06.2017
Multaka: Treffpunkt Museum Painting with Painting on Glass – 02.09.-03.09.2017
Multaka: Treffpunkt Museum Painting with Fusing – 07.10.-08.10.2017
Multaka: Treffpunkt Museum Painting with enamels on Glass
Jeff Zimmer guided this workshop with step-by-step instruction through fired glass painting. Imagery can add a new dimension to glass, enabling us to create lines, pattern, texture, shading and narrative. In just a matter of hours, participants learned the techniques and skills needed to cut glass, use enamels and make layered images.
Multaka: Treffpunkt Museum Mold-Blowing Workshop – 14.10.-16.10.2016
Multaka: Treffpunkt Museum Mosaic Workshop – 17.09.-18.09.2016
Our third Multaka workshop was on the ancient art of mosaic making. We began the weekend at the Bode Museum with a fantastic tour of the Byzantine galleries, and the next day, Kate Nixon showed us how to cut tesserae, design and make a mosaic panel! The glass and supplies for this workshop were donated by LambertsGlas – Glashuette Lamberts Waldsassen, Germany …and Kate Nixon who went shopping the week before to make sure we had all the right tools and colors.
Multaka: Treffpunkt Museum Fusing Workshop – 13.08.-14.08.2016
The participants were divided into two groups and asked to make two collaborative drawings. They then made individual fused-glass panels based on their own experience in the Pergamon collections the day before. The result: each one of the glass panels was unique and yet connected to form a larger mural.
Multaka: Treffpunkt Museum Mold-Blowing Workshop – 29.07.-31.07.2016