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