Manuscript Museum Welcomes Children from Ayady Al Mostakbal

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In continuation of its efforts to adopt and implement the Art Therapy initiative, the BA Manuscript Museum hosted a group of children of different ages from the Ayady Al Mostakbal for cancer treatment to attend the “Get to Know the BA” workshop, which is part of the 2017 Mid-Year Activities.

The children toured the museum’s exhibition hall. The workshop included a presentation on the ancient Library of Alexandria and its holdings of the papyri and manuscripts of renowned scientists. The presentation also included an explanation of ancient writing methods and how paper can be made from animal skins, as well as an explanation of the content of the current Manuscript Museum. The presentation was followed by a handcrafts workshop, where each child created a model of a book and was introduced to different writing methods using ink and quill pens. After the conclusion of the workshop, Dr. Mohamed Soliman, Head of the BA Cultural Outreach Sector, presented the children with certificates of appreciation.

The workshop aimed to improve the morale of the ailing children using simple and engaging educational techniques, as the BA believes in the role of art in treating various diseases, including cancer.

The Art Therapy initiative started in Egypt in 2014. It was launched by the Art to Care Program for treatment using various forms of fine arts, such as drawing and handicrafts; theatrical performances and writing workshops; music sessions and camps; as well as other forms of art.