Good news from Austria: the European project ‘Valmopris’ on validation of informal learning, in which we were invited to participate, has been approved. For us this is a very important subject. In this project we will be working with partners from the UK, France, Finland, Austria and Romania in the next two years. The project will start in September and will run for two years.
On Friday June 19, in the Artemis Theatre in Den Bosch, we organised the seminar ‘Meet us at the Turning Point’. This was also the final meeting of the European PICP project http://picp-project.eu. Nice contributions on the value of the arts by Thijs Lijster (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Fiona Curren (Koestler Trust London) and Professor Jan van Dijk who spoke about the perspective of the victim.
The application that we wrote under the Erasmus+ program for mobilies to visit conferences and courses elsewhere in Europe was approved. For the mobbilities we will work in a consortium with The Dutch branch of the EPEA (European Prison Education Association), stichting Valk en Uil, that works with dyslectic inmates and Netrex an organisation that provides e-learning programms that can be used in prisons.
May and June were a busy months, with Mirthe Wacki, Jos Zandvliet and a group of ex-offenders and volunteers we worked several weeks on a contribution for the Boschparade.
The Boschparade is an annual parade of floating pieces of art inspired by the work of the Famous Dutch painter Jheronimus Bosch. Our inspiration was his painting “the Seven Deadly Sins”.
Lots of smiling faces, and positive press and more than 25.000 people who saw our work.
MEET US AT THE TURNING POINT
Friday, June 19, 2015 in Theatre Artemis, Den Bosch
The Dutch Team of the Partners in Crime Prevention Learning Partnership (EU Erasmus Programme, Grundtvig), has the honor to invite you for a day about artists working with prisoners; the why, the how and the value of art, ending in the opening of the exhibition ‘The 7 Capital Sins’. Artworks by prisoners from 6 countries inspired by the painting of Jeroen Bosch in the Jeroen Bosch House.
During the past two-and-a half years, 7 organisations of artists working with prisoner, from 6 countries met, exchanged and learned from each other, from the policies of the prisons they visited, the prisoners and the excellent speakers that addressed them during the meetings.
Just as important; some key questions kept recurring in the discussions:
– What is necessary to effectuate a turning point in someone’s life
– The Value of Art
– Why you want Art for prisoners and how do you make that possible
– How do we show this value to the world?
– Where to find funding for prison art projects now that it doesn’t come from inside anymore?
During this seminar we will address these issues, with the help of outstanding key-note speakers and we hope, with your input.
You will have the chance to meet artists working with prisoners and other under-privileged people from Portugal (PELE http://www.apele.org), Greece (2nd Avlona Gymnasium & Lyceum Classes in the Avlona Prison for Young Offenders), Ireland (Irish Prison Service), Northern Ireland, UK (Educational Shakespeare Companywww.esc-film.com ), Poland (Plockie Centrum Edukacyjne) and the three partners in the Netherlands: Young in Prison (www.younginprison.nl ), Changes&Chances (www.changeschances.com ) and art teachers of Vught Prison, the last three forming the organization team of this seminar.
We are proud to present you speakers, such as:
Fiona Curran, Director of Arts of the Koestler Trust
The Koestler Trust is the UK’s best-known prison arts charity. The Trust works across the UK with hundreds of prisons and secure hospitals, immigration centres, secure children’s homes and probation offices, encouraging people to get involved in the arts, share their work and learn through achievements. The annual Koestler Awards receive over 7,000 entries a year, across visual arts and crafts, performance, design and writing. The Trust also aims to help change perceptions of ex-offenders by letting the public see the diversity and quality of the work through exhibitions, events and publications.
Thijs Lijster , co-author of the study ‘The Value of Culture’, researcher/coordinator at the
Research Centre Arts in Society at Groningen University
The research ‘The Value of Culture, is a research into the measurable and the immeasurable. It has been summarised into an ‘Immodest and mean booklet’. Immodest is the sense that you can read about:
-Why culture gives meaning to human existence
-Why culture is the fundament of a society
-Why culture is therefore an extremely useful and fundamental policy domain
Esther Overweter and Jan Molmans are Chair of the Board of Forensic Treatment Centre Teylingereind (Youth Detention) and Director of Exodus, a foundation for Rehabilitation. In a time of ever decreasing state funding for educational programmes for these institutions, they chose to keep artistic programmes available for the people in their charge. Why and how do they do that?
We are looking forward to sharing this day with you
The Partners in Crime Prevention Team NL
Registration Fee € 17,50, students € 10,-, both including lunch. Students can also pay by helping at the registration desk, doing bar service, etc. You can register on: firstname.lastname@example.org , leaving your name, the name of your organisation, and your e-mail address.
The project “Moving Bars” will realise a dance project in a Berlin prison in which we will combine the skills and knowledge of both partners. The specific expertise of C&C – implementing arts in society especially for those people at the egde of society – will add an extra layer to the work of TanzTangente. The new expertice on dance will give C&C more tools and another discipline to involve in their work with underprivileged people. We see the project “Moving Bars” as a great opportunity to set up a prison-art-network in Germany.
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.