Yante - Youth, Art & Levante
We believe in open and inclusive societies that welcomes foreigners, especially traumatised refugees of war and conflict. Our project aims at promoting intercultural citizenship through an artistic educative programme for artists and pedagogues in Austria, Germany and Sweden. Through the workshops on intercultural work in an artistic/pedagogical context, and individual mentorship the programme helps artists initiate and implement artistic projects for peaceful coexistence.
Austria, Sweden, Germany
Trauma limits the imagination and takes away hope. The current level of trauma amongst Syrian refugee in Europe calls for creative measures in order to overcome the traumata, generate growth, reduce prejudices on either side and counter xenophobia. In order to improve mediation between the refugees and the host societies we need to support cultural practitioners in their work with traumatised groups by providing them with intercultural understanding and the necessary pedagogical tools.
1) Increasing intercultural understanding amongst the participants of the workshops held in Austria, Germany and Sweden
2) Creation of new projects as a result of new networks, synergies and knowledge acquired in the workshops
3) Building bridges in European countries through public space intervention
4) Giving a positive face to the refugee situation and supporting the reduction of xenophobia through social media outreach
5) Facilitating integration of refugees participating in the project
Phase 1) 3 - 5 Workshops (WS) titled “Intercultural work in artistic/pedagogical context”.
The 2-5 day WS targeting art practitioners will take place in Austria, Germany and Sweden. The WS will sensitise participants to the particularities of the Levantine Arab culture, assist existing and promote new artistic interventions with Syrian refugees. The WS will be followed by a 6-months mentorship phase.
Phase 2) The WSs above will lead to direct interventions with refugee children that will be conducted together with and presented to the local audiences to bridge between society members. By showcasing positive example and through extensive media work we will impact dominant negative opinions about the refugees and reduce xenophobia among local communities.
1) 60 - 100 artists / educators joining the WSs and mentoring held in Austria, Germany and Sweden regarding intercultural work in a artistic/pedagogical context with a focus on refugees and the Arabic culture
2) Approximately 500 children in dance/art therapy interventions and projects in Europe, namely young refugees and migrants as well as their families living in Europe
3) 2000 – 3000 persons as audience at the public space interventions and media outreach campaigns
We are not trying to reinvent the wheel; this project is special because of its simplicity. Instead of holding lectures on integration vs. assimilation, we are actually taking the initiative and making integration, solidarity, and coexistence a reality.
Dance and art have always been a mirror of society, so what is a better way to reflect our European values of humanity and peace, then through arts?
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Human Resources: Project Coordination: 3,600€ Website,Graphic Design and Support Team: 8,730€ Workshop Instructors: 12,000€ Artistic Mentors: 12,500€ Interventions with refugees & immigrants: 13,500€ Travel: 4,050€ Equipment and Supplies: 8,020€ Accommodation and Board: 2,400€ Project Administration: 4,320€ Project Monitoring and Evaluation: 5,200€ Total Project Cost: 74,320€
We would very much appreciate support from the European community regarding the expansion of this project into other European countries. Through input about potential partner organisations this project could have an even more extensive impact in a region with great potential. We constantly seek to broaden our artistic network and establish synergies with individuals working towards the same cause.