Community outreach initiatives have always been an important part of IME’s vision and core values. We strongly believe that the museum belongs to the people, and that the staff at IME are caretakers of the space. We therefore measure our success by the extent that the community feels that IME is as much theirs as it is ours.
Ever since we opened our doors, we have conducted community-led projects. We are committed to making IME a safe space where people can feel safe and welcome, right from young children to senior citizens to LGTBQ communities, from people with disabilities to children who have had adverse experiences or disadvantages. We constantly strive to make IME inclusive and accessible to all.
This year (2021-22), we are undertaking two unique initiatives to take this vision further, helping us reach out to a wider community, and create a greater impact with our work:
Both projects focus on expanding IME’s reach to more young people, both in terms of career preparedness and job opportunities, and providing younger children with greater access to music, and to the museum space itself.
We believe that accessibility leads to inclusion, and is a way to build, engage and impact people’s lives. We are delighted to say that IME has been awarded the Kotak Mahindra Investments Limited CSR Education and Livelihood grant for Project Svaritha. The project aims to have an impact in the lives of two groups of children who might otherwise struggle to engage with the museum.
For children with neurodiverse needs, along with their parents and caregivers, the project will provide an opportunity to discover the joys, and uses, of music through an experience and simple music kits help take music into their homes.
For children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds, either living in homes or their communities, it introduces music into their lives as a source of joy and a tool for education and growth, through an immersive and experiential museum experience.
We believe that music is for everyone, and young minds can hugely benefit from exploring music in a unique space like the Indian Music Experience Museum. The tiniest voices tell the loudest stories, and we can’t wait to see what this project yields!