Combining Artistic expression with ICT training? For Roma Youth living in a poor and segregated settlement of Hungary? Yes! Participatory Theatre, Dance and Photography together with Web 2.0 design, graphics? Yes!! The Rom-Art project will empower a youth marginalized community using Arts + ICT and creating a local Artistic Youth Centre that will self-sustain: it will be eventually managed by them. Creation, motivation, employability, visibility: a life changing possibility for those young Roma!
Monor, Hungary - Roma settlement
Roma communities in Hungary face major problems in terms of social inclusion, education and empowerment. Only 30% young Roma completes secondary school, drop-out rate is significant. This leads to demotivation, lack of employability skills, poverty, discrimination and segregation. In Monor a segregated Roma settlement of approx 300 people (average age 32) lives in critical conditions. The Maltese charity supported with housing and children programs: there is an urgent need for youth empowerment.
We will work with young Roma of the Monor marginalized settlement. We aim at their empowerment, active participation, self-organization, job placement. A year from now they will have built motivation, confidence, capacity to self-express, to create, to raise their voices in society. With concrete ICT skills to access the job market, they will have created and managed an Artistic Youth Centre in Monor. General population will perceive them as performers, artists: self-organized and independent.
We will combine various methodologies and approaches.ICT skills training (web design, programming, office, productivity tools) will integrate with a personal and community empowerment process, using participatory Arts (Drama Pedagogy, Forum Theatre, PhotoVoice, Dance/Stage Plastics, Voice/Music).
1)July 2016:Summer Camp with young people: 2 weeks full-time in the settlement. Various activities, Arts+ICT, community outreach
2)Sept-Dec: 14 weekly workshops: ICT, Theatre, Dance, Photography, Voice
3)Dec 2016:public Performances in local area
4)Jan-Mar 2017: 8 weekly workshops: ICT, Theatre, Dance, Photography, Voice, partially facilitated BY THEM. Self-organized stable groups: Artistic Youth Centre.
5)Mar 2017: public events in Budapest: PhotoVoice exhibition, Performances, Forum Theatre
We target directly a group of 25 young people (13-26 years) living in the segregated Roma settlement of Monor. We will focus in particular on Roma girls and young women, especially vulnerable and socially excluded. We will work in close cooperation with the Hungarian Maltese Charity Service, with some local public schools in Monor and some artistic facilities in Budapest for performances, expositions and events for awareness raising to the general population.
- Not only technical skills, not only self-empowerment. The combination of the two, employability ICT skills together with various artistic self-expression tools.
- This unconventional mix goes beyond Interdisciplinarity!
- Creating bridges: between excluded minority and included majority. And also bridges between rational/technical and artistic/expressivity. Like two feet, both needed to walk.
- Self-Sustainable! At the end of the project the young people are leading their Artistic Youth Centre
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
1-Personnel (Trainers and project managers): 10100 EUR; 2-Theatre+Training room renting: 3400 EUR; 3-Training Equipment: 2000 EUR; 4-Travels: 1300 EUR; 5-Accommodation and subsistance: 1200 EUR; 6-Materials+consumables: 1000 EUR; 7-Admin, overhead and unforseen: 1000 EUR
YES! We will be very happy to receive suggestions, concrete tools, good practices on the combination of ICT/technical training with Artistic/Community empowerment in marginalized and excluded communities. We will also be very happy to create the space for collaboration, discussion and joint transnational projects! Let’s make it happen!