The MEDART project was focused on creating a methodological manual for education of socially disadvantaged adults through theatrical and dramatherapeutic approaches and techniques. We found, created and used theatrical exercises, practices, techniques and methods to help disadvantaged adults increase their chances of getting a job.
During our more than ten-year theatrical, educational and dramatherapeutical work with disadvantaged people, we were hard up for methodological resources at both national and international level, especially for those aimed at working with groups of people with different or multiple forms of social disadvantage (homeless people, people with various forms of disability, people with psychiatric diagnosis, people serving prison sentences, migrants, disadvantaged youth, children in institutional care, etc.).
Non-formal and informal education of disadvantaged adults contained in theatre and artistic work can be used acquisition, extending, training and empowering of skills and competences, that can increase adult learners´ employability. Mostly we have in mind education in the field of social skills as self-knowledge and self-appraisal, self-esteem and self-confidence, communication skills, empathy and assertiveness, giving and receiving feedback, interpersonal, cooperation and conflict management skills, decision making and problem solving abilities, creativity using etc.
At the same time, the project allowed us to reflect and improve our own theatrical-educational work (in general, artistic and educational work), as well as the exchange of practical experience and feedback between the various partner organizations.
The main result of the project is an open learning resource titled “MEDART – Methods of Education for Disadvantaged Adults Rooted in Theatre – A Methodological Guide” available in the PDF version on the websites of all partner organisations (http://www.divadlobezdomova.sk/divadlobezdomova/MEDART_files/MEDART_A%20Methodological%20Guide.pdf) as well as on related websites and platforms.
The methodological guide is addressed and has a significant impact on teachers, educators, educators, trainers, drama therapists, social workers, social and artistic activists, students, schools, universities, non-governmental organisations, other relevant institutions, professionals, volunteers and activists, simply to anyone who is willing or interested in working with disadvantaged people.
This guide is the result of project activities in which we implemented, reflected, grasped, described and explained our artistic work with groups of disadvantaged adults. The transnational project meetings (Bratislava, Bielsko-Biala, Bratislava, Kranj, Palermo) served to co-operate in the project, to continually evaluate and address specific needs and difficulties. The short-term joint staff training event in Lanzarote has enabled us to share the practical application, sharing and reflection of the created methods, which was a key moment for creating the manual. At the MEDART Conference in Bratislava we presented to international and domestic audience, especially to professionals, the manual and specific methods, with theatrical groups of partner organisations introducing performances that were created by implementation of the methods described.
The MEDART project was implemented by 8 European organisations, including Divadlo bez domova (coordinator, Slovakia), Teatr Grodzki (Poland), acta community theatre (United Kingdom), Acunagua Association (Spain), ProSoc Association (Slovenia), CSC Danilo Dolci (Italy) and Hungarian Red Cross Budapest / AHA Theatre (Hungary). They have long-term experience in the field of non-formal education by using art and theatre. Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands) is a university and its aim within the Cultural Social Work Programme is the interconnection of art and socially disadvantaged groups and individuals. Great range of partners with different disadvantaged target groups provided a comprehensive approach to project implementation and the creation of the methodological guide. Transnational character of the project has had a significant impact on the dissemination of its results at local, regional, national, European and international level.
The project “MEDART – Methods of Education for Disadvantaged Adults Rooted in Theatre” with reference
number 2015-1-SK01-KA204-008982 has been funded with support from the European Commission (Erasmus
Plus programme – Key Action 2: Strategic Partnership in the field of Adult Education). This publication reflects
the views only of the authors, and the Commission and National Agencies cannot be held responsible for any use
which may be made of the information contained therein.