Democracy and participation, Arts and cultural activities

S.CAr.SE. (Solidarity, Community Art, Social …


Who is behind this?

Christos Giovanopoulos

Hub for Social Economy, Innovation and Empowerment


Who is joining forces?

Solidarity for All


Kyklos Tehnon


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

What if a jobless opera crew, a refugee group, a website developer, a solidarity center in a deprived area joined forces? We aim to learn by facilitating it. In a crisis-ridden country, solidarity structures emerged manifesting social resilience and innovation. Bridging activists, artists, refugees and local communities, we intend to foster transcultural paradigms of mutuality and creativity for an inclusive Europe, and redefine art as a tool enabling social cohesion and grassroots democracy.

Where will your idea take place?

Athens, Greece

Why does Europe need your idea?

Dire austerity and refugee crisis threaten a weak social fabric favoring nationalism & racism. Greek society has created solidarity initiatives countering a humanitarian crisis in both host and refugee communities. Such examples attracted solidarity across Europe displaying untapped social resources. Increasing visibility through community art promotes awareness and citizen alternatives, addressing the threat of European disintegration via processes of commoning at local and transnational levels

What is your impact?

Four collective cultural projects in deprived areas of Athens hosting refugees where unsettled by economic crisis and war communities can join voices and create relationships that show affinities and socio-cultural wealth, reversing negative representations and perceptions.
To establish a network of art and local solidarity groups, enabling further projects.
To increase the visibility of such synergies through interactive media and participatory art channels at the European level.

How do you get there?

Map and match solidarity structures and community arts groups, through an open call for collective and interactive cultural projects.
Local groups and artists will work freely on artistic projects, customized on the specific needs of the engaged communities and using idle public premises. Participation is crucial as much as the artistic outcomes.
Documentation and (multi-lingual) presentation on a digital platform, aiming to visualization and diffusion of such paradigms on a European level.
Joint evaluation among artists, community/solidarity groups, local audience and institutions, will act as a step for further projects.
A toolkit of documentation material will be given to all participants and diffusion by online media and physical presentations in other areas and outside Greece.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Solidarity initiatives in poverty stricken communities and refugees arriving there will acquire collective skills and tools that enhance active citizenship and inter-cultural social cohesion. Unemployed and precarious artists with creative social work will also benefit along with everyone engaged and enjoy these SCArSE projects. Through sharing documentation similar paradigms will be encouraged across Europe starting setting a perception change towards the refugee crisis.

What makes your idea stand apart?

We propose a unique approach based on art as motor and common space for social participation and change, embracing the refugee issue that is of central importance for the future of Europe. Our project brings together Solidarity 4 All, one of the most extended activist network in Europe, Oper(O) and Caravan Project, some of the most acknowledged community art practitioners in Greece and Athens Biennale a world-renowned art organization, hoping to launch a novel paradigm of society-art synergies.

€ 49800,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 51800,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Office expenses 1800€, travel and accommodation costs 3000€, event costs 8000€, Fees and honoraries for artists 20000€, public relations 7000€, personnel cost 10500€, unforeseen 1500€.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Coming in contact with similar initiatives, getting inspired and building synergies and viable networks across Europe is our wish and aim. Feedback, suggestions, sharing of reflections, experiences and practices regarding interdisciplinary forms of community arts as acts of social participation and empowerment is more than welcome. We welcome any kind of contribution and we are willing to facilitate any exchange and interaction.


Christos Giovanopoulos

Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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