We were selected for a great and inspiring meeting in Rotterdam from 26-11-2014 – 30-11-2014
TANDEM–Community & Participation cultural managers exchange. Tandem aims at establishing long-term partnerships between cultural organizations working in the field of community arts, voluntary or amateur arts and (non-formal) arts education. The program focuses on citizens’ inclusion and active participation in local arts & culture and community life. It is for cultural managers from the Netherlands and its neighbouring regions/countries: Germany, Belgium and UK. The program engages participants in an intensive one-year, transnational collaboration process, which includes the realisation of a joint interdisciplinary pilot project that is linked to their cultural expertise and their community.
International monitoring seminar Validation of non-formal and informal learning. October 27 and 28 Koln, Germany
By our National Agency Erasmus+ we were invited for the meeting in Koln on validation of outcomes of non-formal and informal learning. An inspiring meeting on a subject that is very high on our agenda. With participants from Germany, Ireland, Finland and the Netherlands we found out that there are beautiful ideas, aproaches and initiatives and a lot of work to be done. We also got the impression that with our approach and concrete ideas we are at least one step ahead of many other organisations.
From September 18 – 20 the third meeting of the PICP project in Porto took place.
On the program a prisonvisit, discussions on social bunds, a visit to the “Casa da Musica” and a showcase of community art projects in Porto.
On Friday September 12 we received the international price of the Dutch “Festival van het leren”. A price supported by Unesco for the best International Project: the PEETA project (Personal Effectiveness and Employability skills Through the Arts) in which we played an important role and for our efforts to keep the arts on the agenda within the prison system.
Good and bad news, our application for a European project on Serious Gaming has been aproved, but it is not sure yet if there is enough money to realise it.
In May 2014 the second meeting of the PICP project took place in Portlaoise, Ireland. What a warm welcome it was by all the people working for the training centre of the Irish Prison service.
PICP (Partners In Crime Prevention) is a Learning Partnership funded through the EU Grundtvig program. Seven partners from all over Europe, all involved in working in prisons, exchange ideas on how the arts can provide tools for inmates to develop life skills. The idea is to develop strategies that lead to disistance, how how can art programms help people to make other choices in their lifes.
During six international meeting, that take place in the partners countries, artists, leading criminologists, experts in education and ex-prisoners discuss new ideas and strategies. One of the aims is to develop a manual on how to use the arts in prisons. The partners come from Poland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Ireland and the UK. C&C is the coordinator of this project.