Inclusion through Arts Erasmus Project

General information for the Inclusion through Arts Erasmus Project

Inclusion through Arts Erasmus Project
July 7, 2020 12:00 am
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Project Title

Inclusion through Arts

Project Key Action

This project related with these key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Action Type

This project related with this action type : School Exchange Partnerships

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2018

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: Inclusion – equity; International cooperation, international relations, development cooperation; Disabilities – special needs

Project Summary

“Inclusion through Arts” has been our engine and compass, our shelter and also our responsibility, our joy and our goal, the place where we have been in the last three courses in two European schools: Colegio de Educación Especial A la Par (Madrid, Spain) and the classic liceum and Liceo Clasico e Scientifico Euclide (Cagliari, Italy).
The title was already a statement of intentions, and tries to summarize many of the objectives that we marked when starting this adventure. We believed, and we believe, that all people, regardless of their condition, have a great capacity to communicate and, from there, express feelings, emotions and ways of seeing the world and society that surrounds us through the different artistic disciplines: A drawing, a photograph, a movement, a song … are very valuable elements to relate to others, to get closer to the others without barriers, without prejudice, with a clean and new look.
In short, to share on equality. And this, among many other things, is what art gives us.
Initially the project was designed to be developed during two courses, but due to the complex situation created worldwide by the Covid 19, we had the option of expanding it one more course, so we did it. There have been many changes and certain complications in these years, but thanks to the work of both centers and the joy and excitement of all the participants, each bump has been an opportunity to do things better. And also, with a positive view, this situation has helped us reinvent and work in our creativity and imagination even more.
The two partners have made a series of shared artistic activities, through which it has been intended to create a great network, in which they were included in one way or another, and always on a horizontal plane, many of the sectors of the society that surrounds us.
We value very positively the results obtained, having overcome its fulfillment and expectations with them, and we are deeply satisfied and proud of the development and final result of this whole project. It has been an authentic boost for both educational communities, giving rise to the schools, encourage the use of artistic activities and reformulate certain aspects of the curriculum. It has mobilized students, families and staff, and even our communities, generating new expression and communication spaces and, sometimes, more simple and rich. It has been an excellent opportunity to put in touch and work together very different people and very diverse sectors. For students, specifically, it has been a reason to work on improving their social and autonomy skills, and has undoubtedly favored compliance with educational objectives at the center level.
And also aided to generate a vision outside the centers, in society (neighborhoods, cities, even at the state and international level), more realistic, close and positive of people with intellectual disabilities.
Furthermore, in the case of the Italian school, being an inclusive school, all the common activities proposed, carried out as far as possible through workshops, have absolutely favored the process of inclusion of disabled students in the maimstream school context.
One of the pillars has been the constant and fluid contact that has been between both partners through mails, video calls, whatsapp … Fortunately technology has allowed us to be permanently in contact despite the distance, which has facilitated development and taking of consensual decisions. Italian partners could take their trip to Madrid and enjoy, know, learn and be surprised by all aspects of Spanish culture in general and Madrid in particular. They visited places of artistic and tourist interest, learned the customs, they knew the city, gastronomy…Four of the students participating in the mobility had intellectual disability, one of them also goes in a wheelchair.
The group was perfectly integrated into the dynamics of the Spanish center. They made music, theater, crafts, dance and cooking workshops, and participated in activities such as the mural “Vivir es convivir”.
One of the biggest difficulties has been that the Spanish center could not return the visit to our italian partners in Cagliari, because of the pandemic. So we had to adapt and reformulate some of the objectives and activities initially proposed; but this incidence made us sharpening the ingenuity and creativity, and thanks to online meetings between the two centers, we were able to continue working without problems the different activities, those scheduled at the beginning (some reformulated, such as the videoclip “Tú y yo”) and those created during the progress of the project.
As a final colophon of the project, a great exhibition with all the work carried out among all the students of the two centers was designed in the Spanish center. Each piece of art was accompanied by a poster with a QR code from which a video was accessed showing the protagonists telling how they had done it, as well as images of the creation process.

Project Website

https://inclusionthrougharts.blogspot.com

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 40689,9 Eur

Project Coordinator

FUNDACION CARMEN PARDO VALCARCE & Country: ES

Project Partners

  • Liceo Classico Scientifico Euclide