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Identity and Difference: Creative Artistic Exercises as Didactic Support in Adult Education (ARTID)

Grundtvig Multilateral Project, 2008 – 2010

Exploration of the potential of artistic exercises in addressing the issue of personal, social and cultural identity and difference to promote the ability of people to perceive cultural and social diversity as an enrichment, to interact with members of other cultural or social groups and to become aware of the own identity and  cultural roots.

PROJECT WEBSITE

Project coordinator

GAB München, Germany

Partner countries

Austria, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Northern Ireland

Target group

Project activities were piloted with the following groups of adult learners:

  • people with migration background
  • people with different expressed artistic abilities and different health status
  • artists, facilitators & community group leaders and members working in the field of good community relations and peace building
  • people of different age groups and generations co-participating in lifelong learning programmes

Project objectives

1. Methodological advancement of adult education in order to:

  • examine the potential of and the necessary conditions for the application of artistic exercises in adult education by testing, exchange of experiences, and systematic analysis and evaluation
  • improve the attractiveness and effects of adult education activities for people with less educational achievement
  • promote the creativity of adults and their openness to new ways and habits of behaviour and improvement of their competencies in handling social and cultural challenges in Europe

2. Exploration of Identity and Difference as a thematic frame in which to develop, test and optimize artistic activities with a view to:

  • supporting adults in experiencing cultural diversity as a chance and enrichment and fostering their fruitful interactions with members of other social and cultural groups and an awareness of their own identity at the same time
  • sustaining identity building processes as a basis for intercultural and intergenerational dialogue focusing on different vulnerable social groups
  • reducing tensions and conflicts between these different cultural and social groups

Project activities/results

Artistic activities such as painting, music, sculpture, dance and acting have been piloted in adult education throughout Europe in various contexts: social and communicative training, biographical and intercultural issues, the development of active civil engagement, social integration as well as in educational work with elderly people, and in general training courses. The ARTID partnership was set up to collaboratively develop a general concept of artistic and creative activities in adult education in order to enable teachers and trainers, new to the field, to benefit from previous experiences and gained knowledge, as well as introduce these methods into their educational programs.

In particular the potential of artistic exercises in addressing the issue of personal, social and cultural identity and difference was in focus to promote the ability of people to perceive cultural and social diversity as an enrichment, to interact with members of other cultural or social groups in a fruitful way and – while doing so, to become aware of the own identity and  cultural roots.

For this purpose, the project team ran a cycle of workshops in the partners’ countries, developed a Conceptual Framework, dealing with the question of cultural identity and cultural difference and their relation to artistic activities and produced a handbook on artistic activities in adult education

On the project website you can download different results of the project in various languages and you can order the Handbook “The Enhancement of Adult Education by Artistic Activities” in English and German

http://www.art-in-adult-education.net/

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    Jan Ulrik

    13 August 2014

    Dear Aleksander,

    It looks like a project based on a lot of research – I’m glad that you present it on the platform. It took me some time to get an idea of the project – it’s heavy stuff with a lot of text and no pictures (here in the ARTES community as well as on the project website). I’m sure you will catch more attention from members and visitors browsing through the platform if you add a great photo and begin with the description of project activities / results.

    Best,

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    Panni

    14 January 2015

    There are some really inspiring workshop concepts at the webpage of the project, exercises and some theory, great material!

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