Thanks for your applications to Amateo Award 2021!

Thank you to everyone who applied to the Amateo Award 2021! We are delighted to see entries from nearly 60 participatory arts projects from 16 countries, led by people who share a strong passion for arts and creativity. Featuring a great mix of art forms, these projects demonstrate resilience and innovative ways to deliver creative activities in the context of COVID-19 restrictions. 

We are now shortlisting the applications and will share an update of the results soon this summer.

Meanwhile, we are also hoping to confirm the award ceremony details, set to take place this October in Milan, Italy. 

Make sure to follow the latest news via #AmateoAward and our social channels: 
@AmateoEurope on Twitter 
@Amateo.org on Facebook

Last year, 64 projects from 16 countries across Europe applied for the Amateo Award 2020 and featured activity focused on young people, older people (including those with dementia), those with different cultural or migrant backgrounds and projects to improve the community or environment. Five groups have been shortlisted by the jury. Read more about the 2020 finalists.

DIY – Do It Yourself

Check out our video!

Amateo as the European network for active participation in arts and culture recognizes the great creative potential of people across Europe and wants these talents to be seen.
DO IT YOURSELF
is a project, aimed at all of you, who want to present your artistic creativity and talent in a short video to help others learn new skills.
Summertime is a good time to try something new – after a long and difficult pandemic winter, now is a time to relax and find new inspiration!

Amateo invites you to try DIY – Do it Yourself videos!

It’s really easy to take part and show your artistic skills and creations:

  • Follow our instructions and make a short video (up to 2 minutes long).
  • Inspire people from all around Europe with your tips & tricks while practicing your artistic skills.
  • Fill in the google form and enclose the link to your video.

DIY project has different sections for music, dance, theatre and puppets, arts & craft and a lot more! So, whatever you are up to, you’ll find your space at DIY! All approved videos will be presented via Amateo communication channels.
The very best videos will also be presented at the Amateo conference in October in Milan, Italy!

Amateo General Secretary – Job Opportunity

We are excited to be announcing the recruitment of Amateo’s first ever
General Secretary
!

The position will have a key role working with the board of our growing network as we take forward a new Business Plan aiming to build on the success of the Arts Take Part project. It’s a wonderful opportunity to be part of a network that is committed to supporting active participation in culture for all of our citizens.

  • Deadline: 5pm, Friday 16th July 2021
  • Interviews (via Zoom): Thursday 22nd July 2021

The full details:

 If you want to have an informal chat about the role please contact jim@amateo.org

As part of our work to highlight and promote the importance of our network we have commissioned a new short film. Launched at our well-attended General Assembly on the 11th June, we would encourage you to share this within your own networks to help us to raise the profile of this vital aspect of European cultural life.

‘Connect, Challenge and Celebrate – participatory culture in Europe’

online event – Friday 11th June 2021
1:00pm – 2:30pm CEST (12:00pm – 1:30pm BST)


Amateo is pleased to invite you to attend an inspirational event that will share innovative thinking and practice from colleagues working in participatory arts in the European cultural sector!

Many of us feel that during the pandemic the opportunity for active participation in culture is more important than ever. Our speakers and performers will help inspire and celebrate this work – and look to the future. As part of our campaign to raise the profile of the work of our network we are inviting the culture ministers from European countries to join us and find out more about the impact and importance of this work. We know that they are busy people and this is an ambitious request, but every great movement starts somewhere!

Programme:

1:00pm | Introductions and Welcome

1:10pm | Tania Banotti – Director of Creative Ireland

Tania Banotti holds a Master’s in film in television from Dublin City University and studied politics and economics in Trinity College Dublin. She is a founder and former Chief Executive of Screen Producers Ireland (SPI). She has also worked for the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA).

In June 2018, Tania Banotti was appointed as the Director of Creative Ireland, the Irish Government’s five-year plan to place the creative arts at the heart of communities throughout Ireland. The vision and intent of the Creative Ireland Programme is to promote collaboration between different levels of government and engagement with the broad cultural sector, creative practitioners, creative industries and the public. There is a need to encourage dialogue on how the Cultural and Creative sectors can engage the Irish public on climate change and in undertaking climate action, and to make themselves an essential part of the climate narrative.

1:25pm | Jasmina Ibrahimovic – Director of International Community Arts Festival

Jasmina Ibrahimovic (b. 1984) is a Bosnian-born theater director, dramaturge and teacher in the field of community arts, living and working in The Netherlands. In 2010 she obtained her Masters in Contemporary Theater and Dance Studies at Utrecht University. She previously worked as a practice researcher at Community Arts Lab XL (CAL-XL) and was involved in Domain for Art Criticism in the workgroup ‘the quality of community arts’. She also worked as advisor theater, amateur art and community arts at the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK).

She is currently the artistic director of Rotterdam Community Theatre (Rotterdams Wijktheater) and the International Community Arts Festival (ICAF). She regularly gives lectures and workshops to art schools in the Netherlands about the essence of community art and the role of art in society. Since mid 2016 she has been a board member of the oldest community theatre group in the Netherlands; Stut Theater, and of one of the most renowned side specific theatre groups; PeerGroup. Jasmina is also a member of the international Leadership Circle of IMPACT-Imagining Together: Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation.

1:40pm | Plenary – a chance to share responses and ask questions

2:10pm | Live Performance from Amateo participants
A live performance event by groups that have been involved in Amateo’s Arts Take Part project

2:30pm | Ends

Week of Amateur Arts discussion

Week of Amateur Arts

Week of Amateur Arts: the present and future of promoting amateur arts & participation

Discussion event / Zoom / Thursday 6 May 2021, 3pm – 4:30pm CET

Come and share with us your experience with the promotion of amateur arts! 

One of the most popular and effective ways to encourage greater participation is the ‘Week of Amateur Arts’, an international event usually held in the months of May/June, wherein several countries work together and promote on a large scale different art forms, places, and events. The incredible power of art and cultural participation in different corners of Europe is revealed by festivals, workshops, events, conferences.

Our discussion will consider some of the issues facing organisers now and in the near future. 

  • How do we coordinate participatory festivals in times of pandemic? 
  • How have we dealt with getting online? 
  • What have we learned that we will keep for the future? 

Representatives from the UK, Slovenia, Slovakia, Netherlands and Czech Republic will introduce their festivals, methods and current challenges of the Week of Amateur Arts. How was it before the pandemic? What challenges do we see for the model for the future? In which ways can we give visibility and promote amateur arts? 

Answers (and new questions) will arise in the following discussion and sharing of experiences. Come and join us! 

Register below, it’s for free! 

CONNECT2021 (Postponed)

CONNECT2021: Connect to the unexpected

POSTPONED UNTIL AUTUMN 2021

Due to an insufficient number of applications we have had to cancel the June event.
But CONNECT 2021 is not cancelled – it is just postponed until autumn, when we will hopefully be able to do a LIVE CONNECT.
If you want to be informed about the new date as soon we set it, please leave your e-mail address
using the button below.



CONNECT is an interactive programme offering an opportunity for cross-cultural collaboration, developing projects with partners and creative exchange through interdisciplinary workshops.

In 2021, the theme is ‘CONNECT to the unexpected’, and the focus will be on all sorts of community arts. Join us 4th – 6th of June to explore these themes, develop collaborative Pioneer Projects and apply for one of three grants of €2500 to develop these with partners.

Parallel with this organisers’ programme, there is an active workshop programme for enthusiastic non-professional artists from all disciplines, all age groups and all kind of communities. This year we offer two workshops:

LIVING POSTCARDS – Tamás Bakó and Márton Debreczeni

What are our options for personal and complex messaging, storytelling in today’s digitally overwhelmed social context? We will play with the possibilities of GPS triggering, motion stills, multilayer audio scapes, photo spheres with hidden codes and messages, and find out our personal version of a digital postcard.
Tamás Bakó, dancer, teacher, choreographer. Member of numerous companies, Ismael Ivo, Marco Santi, Hodworks, Artus, freelance dancer and choreographer of many productions. Winner of Stuttgart Solo dance festival. Leading teacher of contemporary dance and contact dance improvisation in Budapest Dance Academy, teacher of professional contemporary dance schools, like SEAD / Salzburg, P.A.R.T.S. / Brussels, Manufacture HES-SO / Lausanne.
Márton Debreczeni director, teacher. Member and director of Kompania and Artus Contemporary Arts Studio. Cross-field artist working with dance, fine arts, film, augmented reality. Choreographer for Budapest Philharmonic, composer of music for theatre performances and sound installations. Drama, and theatre in education teacher.

Postcards from home Maribor – Photini Papahatzi

What is HOME? Where do you feel like HOME and why? How does it feel in your new home? What do you miss? Is there an object that makes you feel HOME? A gesture, a movement, something abstract? Where is home? What does home mean? What does it symbolize and how is it defined? What is the role that the home can play in people’s lives? Ηome as an origin, as a natural environment, as the body itself, as the neighbourhood, the place, the country, the nation…

The concept of home provides a framework for a wide variety of photographic studies. At a time when migration is a daily event globally, we are returning to the concept of home, and in particular of the Hestia (Mythology).

‘Postcards from home’ is an international art community that reflects and creates on the theme of home. Postcards from home brings together local communities, refugees, immigrants and artists to reflect, create and send a postcard on the idea of HOME. Each postcard has on one side the picture taken from the participant and on the back side of the postcard the story of the photo, along with the details of the participant, if he/she want to share them. Visit www.postcardsfromhome.eu to see what home is for other people on this planet!

The overall vision with this workshop: To reflect, create and share your stories and photos of what home means for you and become a part of this international community. The workshop is addressed to everyone who wants to bring their experience, their thoughts and creativity on the concept of home: anything from the home tradition and customs that was left behind or brought forward, the family archive, the new home; a person that feels like home, an idea, an object or a memory.

PHOTINI PAPAHATZI
Photini Papahatzi born in Athens, Greece is a cultural manager, certified non-formal learning adult trainer and a visual artist. Since 2016 she organizes the project “Postcards from home”, which she created during her fellow shop at START Create Cultural Change program (2016) and since then she organises the homonymous interdisciplinary workshop in collaboration with photographers, curators and organisations in various parts of the world.
In 2021 she implements the research project “Postcards from home: Geography of feelings” with the support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. In 2020-2021, as a founding member of NGO Artifactory, she is working on the implementation of the project “Art + Culture vs Xenophobia” in the framework of Active Citizens Fund, of the EEA grants. She is a partner of AMAKA with which they implement the topos: Lefkada in 2020-2021.
She has organised and participated in contemporary art exhibitions (most recent: 6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2018, and The Provinces , TAF Athens 2019) and in photography exhibitions in NY, Cuba, UK, Germany, Greece, FYROM, Russia and Croatia. Her works are held in
private collections in Greece and abroad. Her book “Elevador” is in the collection of the New York & Beinecke International Book Collection & Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, USA. She is a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece. Website: http://www.photinipapahatzi.com



*Workshop participants are asked to follow the parts of the program marked in red

DAY 1: Friday 4th June

09.30 – 10.00 Arrival
10.00 – 10.15 Welcome
10.15 – 11.15 Workshop Block 1
10.15 – 11.15 Organisers’ programme: Keynote speaker Beate Kegler

Dr. Beate Kegler

Dr. Beate Kegler researches and teaches to the topic of cultural work in rural areas, especially to the political aspects and meaning, chances and challenges of community arts for rural development. She is asked as cultural consultant by political bodies, cultural associations and networks and contributes to several juries of grant programs and scientific advisory boards. Before starting her academic career at the Department of Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim, Beate Kegler studied cultural sciences in Lüneburg (D) and London (GB) and ruled socio cultural organisations in remote territories. In the last years she has written a wide range of articles and contributed to publications like the European anthology “Vital Villages. Development of Rural Areas as a Challenge for Cultural Policy” (Vital Village bei transcript Verlag (transcript-verlag.de)). Together with her family she lives in a small village at the German North Sea coast.

Dr. Beate Kegler

11:15-12:30 Block 1 – Introduction into Connect
Introduction of the programme and Connect open call & Introduction of participants.
11:15-12:30 Workshops Block 2

12:30 – 13:20 Break
13:20 – 13:30 Arrival

13:30 – 15:00 Workshop Block 3
13:30 – 15:00 Connect Block 2
World Cafe – Creating “Community art” – Various tables and Speed dating in the end

15:00 -15:15 Break

15:15-16:45 Workshop: Best practices & World cafe & Impressions from Workshops
15:15-16:45 Organizers programme: Best practices 1

ANASA (Winner of the Amateo Award 2020):

Anasa Cultural Center is a nonprofit, grassroots, civil society organisation working to eliminate racism, exclusion and discrimination, and promote multiculturalism and intercultural dialogue among peoples, while focusing greatly on the art forms of the African continent and its diaspora. Anasa started operating in 2010 and acquired legal status as a non-profit organisation in 2012 based in Athens, Greece. Since the beginning of our actions we have been working on empowering and integrating, through arts and culture, Greeks and young people of migrant descent who were either born in Greece or came as immigrants or refugees. ANASA offers a wide range of arts, such as circus, music, dance, singing, literature, narration, theatre, painting and gastronomy, and implements pedagogical programs and solidarity actions throughout the school year. The founders of Anasa are youth of African descent who have been born and raised in Greece and who are constantly working towards racial equality in Greece, always through the powerful tools of performing and fine arts. Nowadays Anasa has built a wide audience from different cultural backgrounds and collaborates with young professionals of Greek and migrant descent regarding administration, social media, and artistic events. The Social Circus Project is an arts and culture initiative which uses circus techniques to share the beauty of skill, art, team work, and self-discipline to youth locals of Greek, migrant or refugee backgrounds. Trainers in circus arts, such as juggling, monocycling, acrobatics, stilt technique, and rhythm games have come together to share their knowledge with youth aged 12-18 who were born and/or grew up in Greece or who arrived in the country recently. Conceptualized in 2014 and trying out some local circus meetings with Roma youth, the social circus team officially started doing outreach programmes in 2018 in refugee shelters, asylum centres, and camps around Athens, Greece. This led to a weekly 3-hour training in 2019 open to all kids of migrant or Greek origin in Kerameikos area. In the summer of 2020 the Social Circus Project of Anasa won the Amateo Award for its voluntary aspects on amateur arts for youth. At the moment the project is trying to launch an online version with tutorials and virtual meetings.


DAY 2: Saturday 5th of June

09.30 – 10.00 Arrival
10.00 – 10.15 Welcome
10.15 – 11.15 Workshop Block 4
10.15 – 11.15 Organisers’ programme: Keynote speaker Branka Cvjetičanin

Branka Cvjetičanin

Branka Cvjetičanin, General Artistic Programme Manager of „27 Neighbourhoods“, a flagship program within Rijeka 2020 EcoC. She is an intermedia artist, curator and cultural worker. She is working on a different artistic and cultural programs in rural and post-industrial areas in Croatia and internationaly where she brings together artists and communities in creative practice, where dialogue and art practice meets social visibility. In 1999 she initiated the idea of the Polygon – an organisation as a format of experimenting the organisation structure and setting up the space for artistic-antropological research – http://www.polygon.hr. Branka Cvjetičanin studied various forms of performing arts, site-specific theater direction and art production (MAPA Amsterdam, Internship @Oerol Festival Terschelling). She holds the PhD on UN Urbanism from the Bauhaus Kollege Dessau.

11:15-12:30 Block 4 – Developing a project
From the idea to a result – what’s different in different countries? How to deal with diversity? What’s the difference between interculture and transculture?
11:15-12:30 Workshops Block 5

12:30 – 13:20 Break
13:20 – 13:30 Arrival

13:30 – 15:00 Workshop Block 6
13:30 – 15:00 Block 5
Open Working Space for the groups & World cafe

15:00 -15:15 Break

15:15-16:45 Workshop: Best practices & World cafe & Impressions from Workshops
15:15-16:45 Organizers programme: Best practices 2

The Yoram Loewenstein acting school

is located in the most neglected neighbourhood in Tel- Aviv, “the neighbourhood of hope”. The uniqueness of the school is in the combination between the highest level of professional acting studies with community work in the neighbourhood where the school is located. Few such institutions exist around the world. As part of the training to become professional actors, the acting students are committed to lead 300 participants in 19 drama groups within the community such as: children and youth at-risk, children with special needs and emotional problems, youth with mental problems, youth at risk youth from the religious sector, elementary schools in the neighbourhood, blinds and partly blinds, senior homeless youngsters, prisoners’ children and many more. Our youth at risk groups represented Israel in an international festival around the world. Our community works empower the neighbourhood residents and gives them tools for individual growth and development. Furthermore, the studio operates subscription project for the residents of our neighbourhood, who can attend the shows which are produced in our theatre hall. For most of the people in the community it is the first time in their lives to see theatre. By attending our shows (which are played by the third year acting students) they are exposed to the best classic and modern
theatre repertoire. Halil Itzhak graduated at the Yoram Loewenstein Acting Studio in 2000. He has featured in numerous television shows and commercials. He has performed in various theatres: Habima national theatre, Herzliya Theater, Tzavta Theater, Tmoona Theater and in various children’s theatres. Since 2003 he has been working at Yoram Loewenstein Performing Arts Studio as a Community Program Coordinator (working with children at risk, elderly, people with disabilities, youth at risk, migrants, homeless youngsters and more). Halil led international workshops – “from imagination to improvisation” (Thailand, Germany, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Austria and more).

17:00 -19:00 Local Safari and “Get together for a drink” (all together)


DAY 3: Sunday 6th of June

09.30 – 10.00 Arrival
10.00 – 10.15 Welcome

10.15 – 11.15 Workshop Block 7
10.15 – 11.15 Organisers’ programme: Best practices 3

Cultural society Stična

Cultural society Stična has over 100 members in its groups. It involves theatre, music, folklore and instrumental activity and Festival Stična, which is the society’s overall project. The theatre section has three groups: adult, youth and children group Drzne in lepi, in the last years each group does one theatre production and hosts with it throughout the year in the wider area. Since 2004 the Folklore group Stična has been extremely successful, which attracted a lot of youth; besides numerous performances in Slovenia and abroad the group also prepares an annual independent evening concert. In 2010 was formed also youth group. The singing section is increasingly re-developing. For several years a male vocal cast Boys Octet and mixed choir Zborallica are also a big part of the Cultural society Stična. In 2012 the String orchestra of Cultural society Stična was established which brings together musicians from the Ivančna Gorica municipality. The big band was established in 2017 and is led by the Slovenian musician Mr. Braco Doblekar. He played in well-known bands in Slovenia as are September, Hazard, The Generals and others. Two years later joined to society also etno folk group Gross upi. All members and all the sections of Cultural society Stična have Festival Stična in common. Festival Stična should marked its twentieth anniversary in 2019, but because of virus COVID-19 it was not possible. Since 2006 festival became international. More than 250 native and foreign artistic groups performed on the stages of Stična. Through theatre, music, art and other events Festival Stična educates and promotes creativity, innovation, multiculturalism and unrecognized local artists.

11.15 – 12.30 Workshop Block 8
11.15 – 12.30 Organisers’ programme: Block 8

12:30 – 13:30 Goodbye!

*Amateo can make changes to the programme in the future due to practical and logistic reasons

REGISTRATION

To register, please complete this short form. This will provide the introductory text for all participants and support you to link with potential partners.

Participation fees:

There is a €35 participation fee, that will be collected following registration. Following payment, access to all conference materials and sessions will be provided.

We recognise that many organisations and individuals are struggling financially at this time, so we can offer a limited number of sponsored places.
If you would like to apply, please email: pioneers@amateo.org

CONNECT2021 is an initiative of Amateo’s Art Take Part Pioneers Projects, organized together with JSKD and with financial support of Creative Europe and the Culture of Solidarity fund

Postcards from Home Workshop – April

CUT-OUT ANIMATION WORKSHOP

18.00-20.00 CET (17.00 GMT/ 19.00 EET), FRIDAY 23rd APRIL

Cut-out animation is a form of stop-motion animation using flat characters, props and backgrounds cut from materials such as paper, card, stiff fabric or photographs.

In this workshop, we will learn how to use cut-out objects to bring our Postcards from Home to life, manipulating characters’ movements to walk, jump, crawl and fly. To celebrate all the things we’ve done – or missed – during the pandemic.

You will need a smart phone (or a tablet) for this workshop, and a free version of Stop Motion Studio – the rest will be taught step-by-step during the session. If you are really eager, you can take a peek at tutorials on Stop Motion Studio’s website or user examples on YouTube.

ANDREJA GOETZ is a Slovenian pedagogue and film animator. In 2014 she was a part of the National Film Education Program of the Art Cinema Network of Slovenia delivering over 252 workshops for children throughout Slovenia. She is a co-author of the book “Let’s Animate!”, the first manual for animated film in Slovenia, published by the National Education Institute Slovenia in 2016.

She is an author of several short animated films and the curator of Animetika’s Elephant Programme.

Inspiration

Amateo Award 2021 – open for entries!

Are you making an impact through your creative group?



Dance, theatre, street art and more – all participatory arts projects run by amateur groups across Europe are welcome to enter!

If your creative group could inspire others to try something different, this is the best way to spotlight your achievement!

Get the chance to win 1,000 euros and a trip to the beautiful city of Milan in October 2021. Help us spread the word about this wonderful opportunity far and wide!

AMATEO AWARD 2021 open for entries until 31 May 2021!

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

Inspiring creative projects that are having a powerful, positive impact on their community!

The culture and creative sector has been severely challenged in recent times. In the year 2020 a lot of projects had to be canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. But the creative sector has innovated rapidly, notably with accelerated digitization. We are even more determined now to put the spotlight on all the projects (both live and online) that have found solutions to give participants the chance to be creative, show off what they do and encourage others to take part.

Last year, 64 projects from 16 countries across Europe applied for the Amateo Award 2020 and featured activity focused on young people, older people (including those with dementia), those with different cultural or migrant backgrounds and projects to improve the community or environment. Five groups have been shortlisted by the jury. Read more about the 2020 finalists.

Read full Terms & Conditions for Amateo Award.

WHY GET INVOLVED

Completing the short Application Form will not take much time. If you know of other inspiring projects, please share this invitation or encourage them to apply.

The Amateo Award 2021 is an opportunity for you to profile your amateur arts group or creative project to an international audience and, in turn, to make connections with participants, policy makers and funders from across Europe. Previous applicants have also found the Amateo Award gave increased recognition and support at a local level.


Throwback to 2020 Winners

The Social Circus project by Anasa Cultural Center in Greece has been awarded the 2020 Amateo Award in an online ceremony with participants from all over Europe. Read more about last year winner.

Amateo – the European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities

CONNECT 2021 – Save the date!

CONNECT the unexpected
MARIBOR, SLOVENIA, 4TH-6TH JUNE 2021


CONNECT to find a partner for your next international project or to create a pan-European, interdisciplinary creative work with other amateur artists.

CONNECT2021 is a two strand programme, running parallel, with some moments together.

One part of the programme is for professional and amateur arts organisations, networks and policy makers. CONNECT offers three days of inspirational presentations, sharing and visits to local initiatives, during which you identify partners and work with them to develop a proposal for a transnational, interdisciplinary pilot project. Three of these project ideas will be granted with an Amateo grant of € 2,500 each.

Alongside this programme, a three day creative workshop programme for amateur arts practitioners (all art-form and ages; 18+). Collaborating with arts practitioners with a range of specialisms, participants will create an interdisciplinary work responding to the theme ‘Home’.

Read more…

WHAT?

CONNECT2021 looks at the theme of ‘Home’ through the lens of Community Arts practice. We will look at ways that ‘professional’ arts organizers and networks work with non-professionals to develop interventions using shared knowledge, skills and experience to actively make a change in society.

  • How do we work with communities that are different from our own?
  • How do we build bridges between different communities?
  • And how do we make these projects and changes sustainable?

Parallel workshops, led by professional artists, will deal with the same theme in a practical way, using materials, created during Amateo’s ‘Postcards from Home’ project (running since November 2020) as inspiration. 

WHEN?

04/05/06 June 2021

WHERE?

MARIBOR, Slovenia (and online*)

WHO IS IT FOR?

  • People of all ages who want to work internationally and interdisciplinary and have experience with one or more artform
  • Students interested in community arts facilitation, as well as people who have recently finished their studies.
  • Organisations/artists who are working in community based art projects and want to develop their practice and network.
  • Network organisations and policy makers

WHAT’S ON OFFER?

Three days to:

  • Enjoy art initiatives and performances
  • Hear inspiring keynote speakers, share knowledge and experience
  • Meet colleagues and creative citizens from all over Europe
  • Explore the cultural field in Maribor and its surroundings
  • Get to know each other, find a potential partner and design a small project together.
    Amateo awards three project proposals with a € 2,500 grant to develop the idea

HOW DOES IT WORK?

We set aside three days to be immersed in good company; watching, listening, talking, designing and making art with non-professional artists. Approaches and contexts vary hugely across Europe, CONNECT is a platform where people can share, be curious and test ideas together, which has resulted in successful long term collaboration.

*CONNECT2021 will be a hybrid physical event and will make it possible for people who cannot travel to join live events virtually. If Europe is still in lockdown the event will be completely virtual (final decision at the end of April 2021)

WHAT NEXT?

The full programme will be published before the end of April. Want to know more?
Email us at pioneers[]amateo.org.

The cost will be € 200 per person for the organization’s programme / € 100,– per person for the creative workshop (this participation fee includes food and shared accommodation in Maribor, a small number of bursaries will be available for those unable to pay).
Online participation is €35

CONNECT2021 is an initiative of Amateo’s Art Take Part Pioneers Projects, organized together with JSKD and with financial support of Creative Europe and the  Culture of Solidarity fund


Community Arts practice

SOCIETY

A large group of people who live together in an organized way, making decisions about how to do things and sharing the work that needs to be done. All the people in a country, or in several similar countries, can be referred to as a society*

If we consider Europe as a society, we also conclude that within that society there is a wide variety of communities, along and across national borders, defined by geography,  religion, language, traditions, age, social structures, sexual orientation, physical conditions and personal interests. 

COMMUNITY

The people living in one particular area or people who are considered as a unit because of their common interests, social group, or nationality*

As individuals, we may be part of several communities. But how do we discover in which communities we can feel at home? How do we develop our identities as part of these communities? And how does our personal identity relate to these different communities and our wider society?

IDENTITY

Who a person is, or the qualities of a person or group that make them different from others*

HOME

Someone’s or something’s place of origin, or the place where a person feels they belong*

Amateo sees active participation in the arts as a core value for a free and open society. Active participation in arts and cultural activities empowers individuals to freely express themselves and can promote cultural cohesion, social inclusion and active citizenship.

* Cambridge Dictionary

COMMUNITY ART

Community art is artistic activity that is based in a community setting, characterized by interaction or dialogue with the community and often involving a professional artist collaborating with people who may not otherwise engage in the arts.’ – Tate Modern

Despite – and in some cases because of – our modern connectivity, we are witnessing a period of rising polarisation, populism and nationalism. Often the focus is on the difference between ‘us’ and the ‘others’ rather than our shared democratic endeavors.

With the uncertainty and insecurity of austerity following the financial crisis, climate crisis, Brexit and the Covid-pandemic, it seems that we retreat to our smaller communities, are less open to other opinions and less tolerant towards other groups in society.

We think making art projects together might help to change this. But how and where to start? 

CONNECT the unexpected

Amateo’s Pioneer Projects three day event, CONNECT2021 looks at the theme of ‘Home’ through the lens of Community Arts practice. We will look at ways that ‘professional’ arts organisers and networks work with non-professionals to develop interventions using shared knowledge, skills and experience to actively make a change in society and how this related to the arts and cultural activity that is already embedded in the fabric of communities to ask:
How do we work with communities that are different from our own?
How do we build bridges between different communities?
And how do we make these projects and changes sustainable?

Join us!