Marres collaborates with artists, students and teachers to create programs that focus on experiencing art with the senses. These programs are suitable for elementary school and high school students. During the programs, students are encouraged to experience exhibitions and activities in their own way (standing up, lying down, smelling) and then reflect on their observations through drawing, theater or video. Marres also helps students to develop and design their own projects. One example of such a project was in 2019 the project Eye-I in which a diverse group of high school students, refugees and students shared stories about (their own) identities.
To students at all levels, Marres offers sensory trainings, work experience in the story telling project The Invisible Collection and participation in the peer education group Marres Extended. It also offers all kinds of internships for high school students and university students. In addition, Marres coaches every year an interdisciplinary team of masters students in Maastricht University’s premium program, who spend a semester researching the vocabulary of the senses and body languages. In recent years, these studies have resulted in a guidebook for practical activities (5enses), a sensory tour of Maastricht, and several podcasts and filmclips.
Marres welcomes schools of all levels to collaborate on various programs. We are open to class visits, and to visits by individual students, but we also bring projects to the schools. In addition, we welcome schools to develop with us custom-made programs that cater to their specific needs. With these programs, we are not restricted to the art curriculum, but also invite other disciplines. Marres worked with classes in modern languages and philosophy, biology and chemistry, history and geology.