NEON & Hellenic Children's Museum

City Project 2017 | A PUPPET SUN | Kostis Velonis



NEON & Hellenic Children's Museum


‘Is this Art?’, the first educational program of its kind in Greece, introduces 15-year-old students to a variety of contemporary art forms and their creators. This groundbreaking NEON initiative, developed and realized in partnership with the Hellenic Children’s Museum, started in March 2014 in Attiki with educators paying two separate visits to every school that expressed an interest in the program.

Content for ‘Is this Art?’ was produced by the Hellenic Children’s Museum and NEON in consultation with artist Katerina Zacharopoulou. The program’s digital platform combines short videos on the life and work of each artist with additional information about contemporary art and its major movements. An accompanying teaching pack includes educational games and materials for hands-on activities designed to strengthen students’ connection with art.

2014 – 2015 in review
‘Is this Art?’ was warmly received by around 2,100 teenagers who took part in over 180 programs held in schools across Attiki including Artemida, Paleo Faliro, Marathon, Ilion, Ilioupoli, Elefsina, Aghia Varvara, Aspropyrgos, Piraeus, Petroupoli, Lykovryssi, Nikea, Halkidona, Nea Smyrni and Egaleo.

2015 – 2016 in review
The 2015-2016 program focused on significant artists who have redefined the ways in which we see and define art today, including Marina Abramović, Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Martin Kippenberger, William Kentridge, the Greek artist Jannis Kounellis, and Mario Merz. During the academic year around 2,000 pupils and 80 teachers took part in 180 ‘Is this Art?’ programs held in every interested school and also as part of the wider NEON exhibition program.

2016 – 2017 in review
During the academic year 2016-2017 more than 3,700 pupils, teachers and parents took part in 185 ‘Is this Art?’ programs. Educators from the Hellenic Children’s Museum were welcomed in schools across Attiki and a modified version of the program was created to meet the needs of families and school groups visiting NEON’s exhibition Flying Over the Abyss at the Athens Conservatoire. Participants had direct experience of artworks created by artists included in the program – such as Marina Abramović, Louise Bourgeois and Martin Kippenberger – and also explored the work of the 34 Greek and international artists featured in the exhibition.

2017 – 2018 in review
185 educational programs took place in 2017-2018 with the participation of 4.032 pupils and 168 educators in total. This was the first time that the program traveled beyond Attiki region, visiting the High School of Psachna in the regional unit of Euboea. As every year, high schools across Attiki welcomed the program. Additionally, during NEON City Project 2017 | A Puppet Sun by Greek artist Kostis Velonis that took place at the historical residence on 11 Kaplanon Street, the Hellenic Children’s Museum organized a family program on contemporary art.

2018 – 2019 in review
During the school year 2018-2019 ‘Is This Art?’ reached 2.908 pupils and 150 teachers through 142 programs that took place in 22 schools across Attiki. The high schools that hosted the program this year included the areas of Aghia Paraskevi, Alimos, Argyroupoli, Artemis, Egaleo, Galatsi, Kallithea, Maroussi, Moschato, Nea Smyrni, Nikea, Peania, Paleo Faliro, Vyronas as well as schools of the centre of Athens. This year a Second Chance School also participated in the program.

2019– 2020in review

From September 2019 to March 2020 the educational program ‘Is This Art?’reached middle schools in Attiki in the areas of Aghia Paraskevi, Alimos, Argyroupoli, Artemis, Egaleo,Kalamaki, Maroussi, Nikea and Paleo Faliro. In total, during this academic year that the schools closed early due to the pandemic, 69 programs took place in 12 schools reaching 1.518 pupils and 70 teachers.


Educate the Educator | NEON Learning | 2014-2015 | Courtesy NEON