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Art for intercultural adaptation in new environment

Term: 01.01.2011 – 31.12.2012

There are 69.8 million estimated international migrants in Europe today, amounting to 9.5 per cent of the population (IOM). While their paths and experiences differ greatly, they face some common challenges, often including stress, anxiety, loss of self-esteem, and loss of social network. As a consequence many migrants in Europe remain segregated if not marginalized.

Engaging in art has been shown to facilitate improvements on both the individual and the social level, by enhancing the individuals’ artistic and social creativity and also by creating social connections.  Nevertheless theories on how art can enhance adaptation are not systematized, methodologies are rarely evaluated with a scientific rigor and the developed programmes, resources are not collected, different initiatives often remaining isolated.

To answer these needs our partnership engages in:

1) Expanding our knowledge on art based methodologies helping adaptation by

a. systematizing theory on how art activities enhance competences necessary for cross-cultural transition

b. identifying good practices in participating countries

2) Widening the range of available good quality, reliable methodologies by

a. adapting, transferring, developing training methods drawing on a variety of art branches (dance, theatre, fine arts, and ecological arts)

b. assessing these methodologies with scientific vigour to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the used methodologies

c. Based on the assessment refining our methodologies

3) Valorising these methodologies to make them accessible beyond the project duration by

a. transforming them into trainers’ training

b. creating a web portal for the promotion of methods to enhance cross-cultural adaptation through art

c. editing a manual including theory, good practices and trainer’s resources in partners’ languages

d. publishing the products and results of the project through the portal (the theoretical background, collection of good practices, results of our pilot ses



Elan Interculturel (FR) - COORDINATOR

Artemisszio Foundation (HU)

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (ES)

Osmosis- Centre for the Arts and Intercultural Education (GR)

Momentum arts  (UK)

Dawns TAN/ TAN Dance Ltd. (UK)