Grundtvig Multilateral Project, 2010 – 2012
The Art Made Man project developed methodology integrating dance movement therapy, art therapy and craft into a comprehensive approach to supporting disadvantaged groups through creative activities.
Italy, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Poland, United Kingdom, Spain
The target has been identified within the most vulnerable groups according with the local context according to the specificity of each partner and its specific competences:
- ethnic minorities and unemployed women with physical and/or mental disorders (Lithuania)
- migrants and people with physical and mental disorders (Italy)
- people with mental disorders (Bulgaria)
- people with physical and mental disorders (Poland)
The main aim of Art Made Man has been to develop and test an Innovative Methodology which integrates Art/Dance Movement Therapy and Craft techniques in order to support vulnerable groups:
- in achieving personal fulfilment, development and self-actualization: to build own identity, establish meaningful relationships with the environment and generative path of empowerment
- in acquiring practical and professional skills: for autonomy and job placement
The Art Made Man project specific objectives have been:
- to work on the potentialities everyone has
- to provide the beneficiary of the Integrated Method the right environment and the conditions facilitating the process of growth and development
- to finalize the educational action to empowerment and social inclusion
- to acquire cognitive, emotional and specific competences and skills according with the activities proposed
- to refine cognitive and praxis skills through specific activities
- to accustom the subject to cooperate in team work
- to meet specific personal inclinations and specific aptitudes
- to teach and develop social skills that make possible the increase of possible pro social behaviors that is, inspired altruism, empathy, sharing, effective communication and a fruitful spirit of co-existence, in harmony with real-life context, needed to support the process of social integration
- to support and strengthen the capacity to symbolize, recognize and express emotions, both positive and negative
- to create a type of environment within which it is possible to develop a sense of belonging, an experience of mutual sharing, a possibility of a relationship with other people
- to promote the development of a culture of integration through a process of cultural exchange
The Integrated Methodology developed and tested within the Art Made Man project has been studied as a predefined sequence addressing at each step different aims.
In particular, the Dance Movement Therapy addressed the recovery of the expressive communicative and creative core of the individual as well as of the group. It is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote an emotional, cognitive, social and physical integration.
The overall objective of Art Therapy has been to enable the individual to make changes and to grow on a personal level through the use of art materials in a protected and facilitating environment.
The main goal of the Handicraft has been to provide disadvantage people skills and professional abilities through an educational experience by encouraging autonomy self esteem and employment.
The Art Made Man methodology integrates dance movement therapy, art therapy and craft into a comprehensive approach to supporting disadvantaged groups through creative activities. These activities are sequenced in the following way.
Dance movement: movement is seen here as the main language shared by all humans as common denominator of emotional and cognitive skills. The workshops use dance movement to build therapeutic relationships addressing disharmonies/mental blocks and facilitate recovery of the expressive, communicative and creative core of the individual and the group.
Plastic arts: the activities in this block also encourage self-expression and communication and do not necessarily require previous artistic experiences and skills. The activities are not aimed at aesthetic or diagnostic evaluation but rather at creative contributions through visual means.
Craft workshops: at this stage the participants are able to learn skills and competences which encourage occupational activities. The sense of achievement resulting from producing quality handicraft of market value has a transformational value and can lead to new life and work opportunities.
The project website gives access to more insights into the project results, including a gallery of artwork made by the project participants and methodological materials for art educators.