Arts and cultural activities, Education

ARTPORT_Reibung macht Wärme // ARTPORT_Friction …


Who is behind this?

Anne-Marie Melster

ARTPORT_making waves


Who is joining forces?

RWE Stiftung


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

ARTPORT_making waves will connect the city of Essen with Europe establishing an educational-artistic-scientific partnership between multiple actors to sensitize about the “energy transition”. International artists will offer workshops for multicultural students of schools in disadvantaged neighborhoods creating collective art works, discuss energy related subjects and climate change together with the local University which will lead to a phase of conferences, panels, screenings and exhibitions.

Where will your idea take place?

Essen, Ruhrgebiet

Why does Europe need your idea?

Energy transition, sustainability and integration are major challenges in Europe today and we want to sensitize respectively socially disadvantaged young people, create a sense of responsibility and mutual understanding to improve their social possibilities and a positive development of the selected neighborhoods. The artists' workshops will bring visibility and positive dynamics. Young people with a migrant background and international artists learn from each other.

What is your impact?

Our cultural pilot project with hundreds of young people from numerous schools and universities who will serve as catalysts for a behavioral change towards sustainability will create a wave of responsibility. Schools, universities, artists, communities and cities will work together on integration and sustainability programs, bringing knowledge to underprivileged students and make them change. Essen will be an example of sustainability education + social integration as the European Green Capital.

How do you get there?

From Oct-Dec 2016 three international artists will hold artistic workshops in three different schools in disadvantaged neighborhoods of Essen (Germany) teaching young people about sustainability, energy, energy transition, recycling, upcycling, etc. to sensitize towards a sustainable attitude and their responsibility, with the support of educational and scientific experts. Collective art works will be created.

Jan-Mar 2017 stand for direct sensitization and communication. Students of the Universität Essen-Duisburg and the groups of school students will face in working groups specific subjects like renewable energies, climate change and solutions. The project will be communicated through exhibitions, screenings, conferences, panels, art in public spaces,a publication also after March 2017

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Our target group are school students (age of 14-18) from disadvantaged neighborhoods of Essen. Stakeholders, beneficiaries and audiences are the citizens of Essen and the Ruhrgebiet, the students and professors of the Universität Essen-Duisburg, the employees of the involved companies like RWE, the visitors of the exhibitions spaces and a broader international public which will follow the activities through our social media, newsletters and report.

What makes your idea stand apart?

Since 2006 we are pioneers in bringing people together worldwide around the issue of climate change and sustainable practice. We engaged more than 150.000 people with more than 150 artists involved and we aim at bringing these pioneering ideas to Essen strengthening the relation between young people, the arts, education, neighborhoods, sciences and the corporate world. We make science understandable for everybody engaging them in a dialogue which leads to behavioral change and a better future.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 200000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

honorariums team and artists: 54.000 € travel costs, accommodation, per diems: 28.000 € communication + PR costs: 24.000 € production costs art works including videos: 18.000 € production costs publication/tool kit: 20.000 € production costs workshops and exhibitions: 25.000 €


ARTPORT_making waves

Idea created on March 7, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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