Art in nurse homes with Allô Miró
The Allô Miró initiative
The Allô Miró initiative invites all volunteers to engage in discussing a work of art with care home residents. The objective is to encourage personal interaction using art as a starting point. The work you are passionate about and interested in will be chosen by you in advance.
Sessions can be carried out by video call, telephone, or in person depending on your availability and that of the care home.
Established in January 2021, the Allô Miró initiative already includes nearly 20 participating care homes and seeks to encourage art-related interaction and discussions between volunteers and care home residents, who are often isolated and have little access to this type of cultural activity.
The volunteer programme
We invite you to consider joining the volunteers who are already involved in this initiative and sign up for a 30-45 minute session with one or more care home residents.
You will talk to them about a work of art of your choosing. We can provide a collection of works and associated texts if you wish, otherwise, you are free to talk about whatever interests you. You can then have a discussion about the work and art itself—or any other topic you deem relevant. We wish to clarify that these conversations are not art history lectures and are not presented as such to the care homes: they are a free and personal conversation between art lovers and residents.
In addition, the sessions will follow a format that you will receive in advance to help you with this task.
Once you have chosen a time slot for the discussion, you will be put in touch with the coordinator at the care home by e-mail: you can send them a picture of the chosen work and other relevant material beforehand if you wish. If the session is to be held by video call, you will receive an access link to connect on the day of the session, if it is to take place over the phone, the coordinator will call you on the day of the session, and if it is to take place in person, the address of the care home will be sent to you.
A detailed information kit will be sent to you before the first session so you can approach it calmly and make the most of the experience!