GUIA – Guide Us Into Arts!

GUIA – Guide Us Into Arts!

GrundtvigLearning Partnerships, 2011-2013

The project exchanged empirical knowledge and methods of work with disabled people by means of artistic tools: theatre, dance, music. It considered all participants as equal partners on the way to inclusion and to overcome stigma and marginalization. It resulted in creation of a DVD which contains method maps, description of methodology used by GUIA partners and a selection of videos and photos. 


Project coordinator / Project website

The Rakowiec Cultural Centre, Warsaw, Poland


Partner countries

Romania, Northern Ireland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Turkey, Poland, Germany, Croatia


Target group

Organizations experienced in inclusive and participatory work, especially in the field of performing arts: theatre, dance, music.



  • To exchange experiences, knowledge and methodology in artistic activities with people with disabilities

  • To develop inclusive methodologies for working with disabled people

  • To reduce prejudice and to enhance social and artistic inclusion

  • To promote the idea that artistic work is natural for everybody and disability is not a barrier


Project description

The project included:

– 3 partnership meetings led by English, German and Polish partners and consisting in practical workshops for disabled and not disabled learners and facilitators and also professional teachers

– 3 partnership meetings consisting in festivals which presented inclusive theatre, dance and music performances and art exhibitions organized by partners from Belgium, Czech Republic, and Croatia. Most of these performances were produced by partner organizations. The performances were the result of the cultural and inclusive work of the partners.


All meetings included:

– post session debriefing meant for exchanging and reflecting on methodologies and experiences for all participants

– facilitators’ meeting for facilitators and artistic directors

– public presentations to increase participation in European citizenship

– board meetings

– informal meetings including debates, music, dance, and national cuisine for all participants


Between meetings, partners worked on evaluation and developed outcomes such as website, DVD, photo gallery, films, and archive of experiences.

It was important for us that each participant had the chance to be on stage during the workshop but also be part of the audience. You can learn a lot by watching, too. But nobody should feel impelled to do something if it doesn’t feel good. It was also important that all persons were treated the way they want to be treated.”

Artistic director Ulrike Heymann, Theartic e.V.

Feedback on workshop about inclusive theatre work which took part in several places in the German town Emden in May 2012: Youth centre “Alte Post”, the church “Schweizer Kirche”, the municipal theatre “Neues Theater”, the “Kunsthalle in Emden”, in public space “Stadtgarten”, in cafés, lighthouse, windmill, gardens and streets.





  1. Maria

    6 June 2014

    A word form GUIA project coordinator:

    The knowledge of the participants about tools used in artistic work with disabled people has been expanded. We enriched our experiences during our meetings a lot. People gained new skills, inspirations and they also have created new relationships to cooperate in the future.
    Disabled participants have had opportunity to go abroad, meet new people and be a part of a creative process in an international community which provided them with a lot of strong impulses, self-awareness of equality and increased their self-confidence.
    It was absolutely amazing and enriching experience, we worked a lot but also have had a lot of fun and great satisfaction from gained aims.

    Anita Szaboova – the coordinator of the GUIA project.
    She is cultural manager responsible for the implementation of the cultural programme of the Rakowiec Cultural Centre, subsidiary Ochota Cultural Centre (OKO). Author of the project of integrational artistic workshops ‘The Open Zone’

  2. Teresa

    4 September 2014

    Promoting the idea that each of us has something special and disabilities are not a barrier to enjoy the arts is really needed in a world where our fast pace do not allow us to notice beauty in human relationships. I’m about to download the DVD. Thanks for sharing!

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