Throughout spring 2021, we have been organising an educational course on art mediation and inclusion for 40 future agents of change – art mediators. 11 weeks, 8 video podcasts, Q&A sessions with experts, and 32 local workshops on art-mediation, dialogue, art, and social change, the role of art institutions, nonverbal communication, applied theatre, art therapy, storytelling, and many more. Video podcasts are freely available on our YouTube channel.
Art mediation in practice
Mediation and collaboration with artists is a practical part of the educational programme. In August 2021, we are planning to organise local art camps for art mediators in every partner country: Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Sweden. The local programme will be complemented by a joint international programme.
In autumn 2021, art mediators will work together with the chosen artists on participatory art projects addressing social issues. Art mediation series and discussions will be open to the broader public.
Summarising and sharing
In 2022, we will dive into analysis, summarizing what has been achieved, and how others can learn from our experience. We will present the best project practices and approaches to the other cultural institutions, civil society organisations, and representatives of authorities.
In addition, from the early stages of the project development, the evaluation team has been collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative data through surveys, interviews, observations, and project records to provide feedback to the project team and evaluate the outcomes and socio-cultural impacts of the project.