Children of Armenia Fund
To support Armenia's EU aspirations, MuseIC exposes local rural communities to European culture and democratic values through an innovative program at SMART Center, COAF's remarkably unique new informal education hub. Through a combination of musical performances, workshops, technology-facilitated sessions and others hundreds of participants mature in their individual culture, i.e. I-Culture while learning about the role of music in Intercultural Communication, democratization and diversity.
Debet VIllage in Lori Region is the main hub, with Shirak, Tavush, Armavir regions as satellites.
In November 2017, Armenia and EU signed the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement focusing on security and business relations. This project aims to enhance and encourage local community commitment to Armenia-EU partnership by reinforcing shared cultural values between Armenia and EU.
Creative expression through music is an important part of Armenian culture. Impact of musical diversity and commonality will instill a sense of shared values among the youth and adults in rural Armenia resulting in better understanding between Armenian and European heritages.
COAF and the partners will capitalize on their competences in community development and inclusion, music education, active citizenship and youth participation – to successfully implement MuseIC. A series of thematic sessions will each focus on a specific genre/country-specific music tradition and will consist of performances, guest speaker sessions, workshops (music making through modern techniques, exploration of musical instruments, etc) while focusing on common trends and underlying values.
For over a decade COAF has worked in rural Armenia to support its integration into the global community by promoting democracy, inclusion, and other European values. With the launch of its brand new SMART Center, creative means of promoting these values form the foci of our interventions.
MuseIC targets youth and adults in 4 of COAF beneficiary regions in Armenia. Given our experience that long-lasting change is more likely to occur with youth involved, high school/university students will be targeted. They, in turn, will promote Project ideology in their families/larger community.
Our team is open to co-operate with organisations that pursue a vision similar to COAF's and/or have submitted ideas that have both common and unusual connections to 'MuseIC' project. We anticipate feedback to contribute to improving the idea further and to build prospects for collaboration.