The “Building Bridges, Not Barriers” project was born from a cooperation protocol established between the MNMC (Machado de Castro National Museum), the APPACDM-Coimbra (Coimbra’s branch of the Portuguese Association of Parents and Friends of the Mentally Handicapped Citizen) and the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences from the University of Coimbra (FPCE-UC).

The target audience includes people with mental and multiple disabilities, in a project whose main goal is to render Art accessible to individuals with special education needs. Using the collections of the MNMC as a starting point and adapting them to the specific needs of this population, “The Romans” has been the first theme to be developed with the support of “Brinkasério”, a Theatre Group from the Occupational Activity Center in São Silvestre, part of the APPACDM-Coimbra.