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17.10.2017 / Announcements


The educational, music and visual-arts workshop of the Onassis Foundation for children with intellectual disability and their parents begins again at the Onassis Cultural Centre.

Designed by Eleni Palle and Christina Panagiotakou

For the third consecutive year, the Onassis Foundation gives the opportunity to children with intellectual disability and their parents to experiment with sounds and colour through specially designed play activities for individuals and teams in the context of the programme ‘Come Along! I Draw Musical Notes!’. Two series of workshops will take place at the Onassis Cultural Centre. The first one will start on 4 November (Series I: November to December 2017).

Guided by specialized educators and experienced musicians, children develop their language, sensory, and motor skills. At the same time they improve their self-organization skills in a safe educational environment that takes into consideration their needs.
The workshop’s main aim is to create a group of children and adults that communicate with each other, play together, have fun, and express themselves through music and visual arts. Children and parents familiarize themselves with different musical instruments, music and movement games, well-known children’s songs, as well as original melodies, accompanied by a piano and saxophone. Along music and movement games and songs, visual arts activities for individuals and teams enrich – with colours and shapes – children’s understanding of basic musical notions, such as rhythm, volume, pitch, and melody. Guided by educators and musicians, and through special sounds and images, children successfully reinforce their creative and perception skills, gross and fine motor skills, their ability to collaborate and play with other children, their sense of time and space, their emotional expression, and their imagination. Furthermore, parents are able to play together with their children, on an equal footing. They discover new ways of expression and communication, as it is always the case with the arts.

Eleni Palle, Art Therapist
Vanta Panagiotou – Special Educator
Stephanos Nasos – Piano
Guido di Flaviis – Saxophone

Series I: 4, 11, 18, 25 November & 2, 9 December | Athens
Series I will take place at the Onassis Cultural Centre (Syngrou Avenue 107) on the above-mentioned days, for two age groups of children with intellectual disabilities:
a) children aged 6 to 8 years old and their parents, from 10:00 to 12.00,
b) children aged 9 to 12 years old and their parents, from 12:00 to 14:00.

1.    Each child should be accompanied by only one parent.
2.    The first meeting of the series is solely addressed to parents accompanying children at the workshop.
3.    Participation in all meetings of the series is obligatory. Depending on the case, first-degree relatives, such as siblings, can also attend.
4.    Telephone reservations are required. Participation will be decided on a first come first served basis.

Reservations and Information
Telephone: 210 3713000 (09:00 to 17:00)

Participation in the programme is free.

The Onassis Foundation in Brief
The Onassis Foundation was founded in 1975, as specifically outlined in Aristotle Onassis’ will. Its aim has always been to contribute to crucial aspects of Greek society: health, education, culture, and social solidarity. The efforts and actions of the Foundation have consistently aimed at ensuring the access of as many people as possible to institutions, opportunities, and services, necessary for social prosperity and cohesion. Its long-term aim has been to release the creative potential of Greek society and ensure a better present and a more optimistic future.

The music workshop ‘Music Loves Autism’ along with the music and visual-arts workshop ‘Come Along! I Draw Musical Notes’ are two among many projects of the Onassis Foundation designed for the important and sensitive field of Special Education. For decades the Foundation has supported special schools and integration classes through the donation of books, equipment, and teaching aid in order to facilitate the efforts of educators. Furthermore, established in 1978, the Foundation’s Scholarship programme includes the field of Special Education for postgraduate studies and doctoral research in universities in Greece and abroad. 

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