COMMUNITY: INteractive and Creative Approaches to Discover Different Cultures
Project Funder: European Commission Creative Europe, Culture Sub-Programme
Lead Partner: Cooperazione Internazionale Sud Sud, Italy
Project Partners: Associazione Arci Porco Rosso (Italy), Associazione Tavola Tonda (Italy), Associazione di Promozione sociale Maghwed (Italy), The People for Change Foundation (Malta), Asociatia Serviciul Apel (Romania) and Encardia (Greece).
About this project
ComeIN is an audio-visual project currently being implemented in five European countries including Malta. It introduces creative and artistic integration activities and strategies for refugees and migrants. The project empowers participants to use art and photography to present their experience of integration in Malta, with an exciting opportunity to present their work in an exhibition.
The focus of the project is on the use of art to convey important messages - including through painting, sketching, clay making, poetry, photography materials, using recycling to create 3D art and collages. It will help migrants and refugees develop and unlock their artistic potential whilst at the same time sharing their experience of integration in Malta. Aside from artistic skills participants will also acquire other key skills including self-discipline, creativity and patience.
The project will allow participants to share their narrative of integration and the general public to engage with and better understand the way in which migrant and refugees experience their integration journey in Europe. These workshops are open to all migrants and refugees irrespective of status and of how long they have been in Malta, even if they do not have a creative background. The resultant exhibition will be used as an awareness raising tool across the island.
Aims and Objectives
- To assess whether and how audio-visual processes can contribute to integration
- To improve the experience of refugees in Malta by testing innovative integration strategies tailored to arts and photography as to bind the gap between Maltese society and refugee’s social inclusion.
- To showcase refugees and beneficiaries of international protection through art and photography
- To build capacity for domestic as well as international NGOs to familiarise their societies with creative integration strategies
Art can be a powerful instrument of integration for migrants and can help them in overcoming obstacles. According to the Working Group of EU Member State’s Experts on Intercultural Dialogue in the Context of the Migration and Refugee Crisis, participatory arts practices are particularly conducive to integrating refugees and migrants. Arts and culture provide unique opportunities to bring together refugees, migrants and host populations and to foster dialogue across them.
The People for Change Foundation’s role
PfC will be implementing the national project activities in Malta. To organise the workshops and the exhibition, we are collaborating with local organisations working with migrant communities in Malta, namely Migrant Women Association Malta and African Media Association Malta.
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This Project is funded by the European Union