One of the goals of Amateo’s Arts Take Part programme is to stimulate small scaled, international and interdisciplinary projects, share the experiences and outcomes of these projects, and build an international network of people and organisations who like to develop new methods, unexpected combinations and surprising projects.
Amateo’s CONNECT is a moment in time and place to meet other pioneers and organisations, and find one or more possible partners to work on a project plan. These project plans can be sent to Amateo. We will choose the three most exciting project ideas, and reward each of them with an Amateo grant of € 2.500,–. This money has to be spent on the project.
Because we are not only aiming to stimulate pioneer projects, but we also want to share experiences and outcomes to help other initiatives, we will monitor the three projects. We will ask questions before, during and after the project, and share the answers on the Amateo website. We intend to do this for a few years, so we can collect a variety of answers on the same series of questions. In the end, these answers will be published in a small took kit; ‘How to start a pioneer project’.
Now – 10 March: Subscribe for CONNECT2019
13 – 18 March: participate in CONNECT2019; meet people, find a partner, make a plan
18 March – 26 April: work on your project plan, and send it in to Amateo
10 May: Amateo will announce the three rewarded project plans
6 –8 June: presentation of the three project plans during Amateo’s Annual conference in Novi Sad, Serbia
8 June – March 2020: time to do your project
March 2020: sharing of the outcomes of your project at CONNECT2020
What is the overall mission of this team during the Arts Take Part project?
The mission of the Pioneer Project Team is officially ‘To implement full support to innovative cross-border pilot work, identify and assess new innovative cross-border pilot work, exchange good practice and share innovative ideas, including topics of engaging marginalised social groups (ageing, disadvantaged, ethnic, migrants)’, and we do that by ‘providing contact fora, project fair meetings, and advice and helpdesk; and initiate one own pilot project and allocate micro-grants to new initiatives – which is of course a lot of work for a team of four people.
What has the team been doing recently?
In year 1 we first focused on trying to formulate a definition. We started as Pilot projects, then we realised that we were not looking for Pilots, but for Pioneers. So we came up with a definition of pioneer projects in the context of Amateo’s Arts Take Part programme, which is:
‘A pioneer project is a kind of artistic laboratory; a small scale project, delivered in a short period of time, with an experimental character, made by and/or performed by (mainly) non-professional artist/performers.
A pioneer project is designed to try out new things, like working methods, artistic approaches, or collaborations.
A pioneer project delivered as an artistic project in itself, but picked up by Amateo as a good and inspiring example, easily to copy or adapt, without loosing its original approach.’
Within the Arts Take Part project:
It should have an international component (European collaboration and/or exchange)
It should have to do with one of the targeted groups as mentioned in the Arts Take Part project plan (Older people, the disadvantaged, youth, outskirt areas, lifelong learning, democracy building, disabled people)
It should have an interdisciplinary component
Or at least two out of the three above-mentioned elements.
In March 2018 we had our first CONNECT: a four day working-conference in Deventer, Netherlands, where 40 people (young people, young creatives, organisations and policymakers) were together to work, talk, see performances, meet local organisations and make plans for pioneer projects. And we are happy to tell you that one of the projects born here (a cooperation between youth theatre organisations from Finland, Scotland, The Netherlands and Slovenia) just got a Erasmus+ grant.
What are you working on for the future?
Now we are working hard of the second edition of CONNECT, which will take place in Narva, Estonia, from 14 – 17 of March 2019. The sub-title of CONNECT 2019 is ‘create new perspectives’. With this sub-title we would like to encourage young people, young creatives and organisations from all possible arts disciplines to come and join, to stimulate not only the international aspect, but also the interdisciplinary aspect.
And to encourage that, we are also happy to announce that we can reward three project-ideas that are made during CONNECT 2019 with a mini-grant of € 2.500 each.
In the end we would like to build a European community of pioneers within the bigger Amateo family. We can meet during CONNECT or the other pioneer presentations, and we can share information through the Facebook page or the Amateo website
What are the highlights or best moments so far?
CONNECT 2018 was a highlight, because here it was very clear what we as the Pioneer Projects team want to do: bring people together, create time and space to talk and exchange, to get inspired, and to make new plans. But the pioneer presentation in Ljubljana, during the annual Amateo conference was also a highlight. It works very well to talk about art, and at the same time be able to talk with the people we are working for, and see some inspiring performances.
How can other Amateo members, or non-members, get involved with this work?
The second edition from the Amateo Award is open for entires. You can apply from now until 1st March 2019.
A professional jury will select a shortlist of 5 nominees, who will be invited to Novi Sad in Serbia.
Freelance Fundraising & Sponsorship Consultant Deadline: Friday 23 February 2018
Arts Take Part is a unique and exciting new project being undertaken by Amateo, a network that serves and promotes people’s participation in the voluntary and amateur arts. Arts Take Part, supported by Creative Europe and Amateo member organisations, will help to strengthen the organisations involved in this work, grow the network and offer training, knowledge exchange and events.
The project is being delivered by a Management Team and five Activity Teams. The application for funding from Creative Europe included match-funding from the network and targets for income from fundraising and sponsorship. As such, the Board of Amateo are now seeking to recruit a freelance Fundraising & Sponsorship Consultant.