Another exiting project kicking off. In the project “ART OF FREEDOM” we will work with partners from the UK, Hungary, Spain and Poland. The lead partner is the Croatian Association of Artists. Several artist who are represented in this group, have been making several murals in prisons and hospitals in Croatia. Together with them we will be working on two books on art, art education and art therapy in prisons in the next two years. We are really looking forward to this project. Unfortunately, like so many other meetings, this meeting to was online.
The storytelling tool that we have developed for the SIMPLE Project on social wellbeing of refugees is ready to be used. The only thing we have to do now is wait for the Covid restrictions to be lifted so we can pilot and improve it with our target group.
We are really proud on this one. The boardgame that Ed Santman has developed and designed for “Stichting Levvel” has finally arrived. This boardgame is meant to be a tool for young people to help them to arrange their finances and to be better prepared to arrange their own lives.
Two days online. The training that was supposed to take place in Bologna went remarkably well online. Our Italian partners explained many things about the way they approach their work.
Writing the next application
GOOD FOODPRINT is the name of the project that we have been writing in recent weeks the ambition is to use arts and participation to raise awareness among young people about urgent issues like the relation between the food we eat and our environmental footprint.It was submitted under the extra Erasmus+ funding for art and culture that recently became available because of the Covid pandemic.
About 120 people came to visit the final conference of the PAC project on active citizenship for prisoners. The meeting was at the Parliament of Brussels, a beautiful building in the center of the town. We were looking back on a very nice and successful project with some nice and inspiring results.
Another European project: SIMPLE had the kick off meeting in Malmö, Sweden.
SIMPLE stands for Social Integration of Migrants and activation of Paths for Learning and Employability.
Simple is a internationals project funded by Erasmus+, aiming at people that are victims of human trafficking. The project is focusing on migrant women. The ambition is to explore, adapt and approach a method developed in Italy to work on the trauma these woman have developed. We all work with storytelling and visual narrative.
At De Nieuwe Kans Rotterdam we have been testing our virtual realty game Talk2Me.
Another pilot for the PAC project is almost finished. This time in the prison of Krimpen aan den IJssel, near Rotterdam. At a special section of the prison called “de Compagnie” we worked together with some inmates on creating a magazine. “De Compagnie” is a section of the prison, where the inmates are actively involved in working on their return to society. The central theme of the PAC project was Active Citizenship, the magazine we made introduces and inspires future inmates to the possibilities they have to work on their future in prison.
The first months of 2019 we will be working on the pilots of the PAC (Prisoners Active Citizenship) project, In the Juvenile prison of Lelystad we have linked a group of young inmates to a group of retired people. An exciting combination that is working out very well.
The seniors and the youngsters share their interest and their knowledge. They are currently cooking, painting and making chess pieces together.