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ViSAS – Virtual Social Art Stage

Key words: social inequality, social inclusion, youth education, digital inclusion, art, digitization

Project duration: 01.04.2021 - 31.03.2023

 

Project funding:

European Union - Erasmus+ YOUTH IN ACTION

Project description (short):

ViSAS pursues the aim of a transformation of artistic methods of youth work into the digital space on a European level. The transfer is intended to make youth work in Europe sustainable and innovative.

 

Co-operation partners:


Project goals:

The current Covid19 pandemic is intensifying the social and economic challenges in Europe.  In regard to the current restrictions, this is equally important and operationally challenging in youth work. Against this background, possibilities and ways of activating the upcoming generation are being sought. ViSAS aims at a sustainable and innovative youth work in Europe and strives for a transformation of artistic methods into the digital space. This, of course, also addresses the post-pandemic period, as the shift of artistic methods into the digital space seems urgent even without the Covid19 pandemic.

In order to achieve this goal, a virtual space is created, which, together with ideas and concepts of its use in youth work as well as scientifically proven effects, enables an innovative approach of hybrid artistic youth work. The approach is intended to strengthen the creativity and creative ability of the target group, to promote social inclusion and to enable a new continuity in European youth work. Across national borders, it keeps young people actively connected, promotes democratic awareness, intercultural competence, and encourages responsibility and self-determination. The European dimension and effectiveness of the educational approach "Social Art" that we represent can thus grow and involve both young people of all partner countries, including students of the TU Dortmund, and professionals in a development process.

 

Project description (long):

European partners from four countries have set themselves the goal of using ViSAS to awaken the intrinsic potential of young people on a broad scale, taking into account European ideas and values such as networking, solidarity and transnational cultural exchange, while at the same time promoting the urgently needed transformation of artistic methods into the digital space. ViSAS is to serve by the implementation in a broad user and multiplier circle to face highly topical challenges in the European youth work, which arise from the ongoing Covid19 pandemic, overall social developments as well as the digital transformation, in order to master them together. 

The planned results include a "playbook" that will serve other institutions and practitioners as a guide to action for their own creation of a virtual space to be used artistically, by giving ideas for the implementation of hybrid artistic youth work and vividly conveying our concept for it. In addition, a digital platform in the form of a virtual space will be developed in which young people can be artistically active, present their results and get in touch with each other. This will be released for use as a field-tested prototype. The scientific monitoring by sfs will especially address the effects of hybrid youth work and discuss the question of the digitalizability of artistic work. 

The partner institutions will integrate the approach into their daily work with young people and it will be freely available to interested parties. In a series of multiplier events, in addition to the presentation of the products by the partners, the virtual space will be demonstrated by the young people and can be tried out practically by the guests.

 

Methodological approach:

In the consortium, experts from the youth education and art/culture sectors, researchers and e-learning developers, and the target group of partially disadvantaged young people come together in successive activities to achieve the project goal and disseminate the results. Cross-national (online) project meetings enable an intensive and concentrated form of European cooperation in the course of the project.

Two thematically consecutive short-term training courses for professionals create the joint development of the necessary competencies in relation to the hybrid form of youth work to be developed. Principles of artistic youth work and digital competence are trained and prepare the staff directly for the implementation of the two Blended Mobilities with the target group. In these, the young people work cross-nationally on the performative realization of a play, in the digital space as well as at 2 real meetings in Spain and Italy. The two blended mobilities thus simultaneously serve as a moment of participation for the young people in the development of the project results and as a test of a hybrid format of youth work in which virtual and analog activities are combined in an enriching way.

In the course of the preparation of the project results, the results from cross-national project meetings, trainings and blended mobilities will be reviewed again and again in order to utilize the feedback from the practical work. In the scientific monitoring and evaluation by sfs, a mixed-method approach will be used, including interviews, questionnaires and participant observation.

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    Project leadership

    Foto von Kerstin Guhlemann Kerstin Guhlemann,

    Telephone: +49 231 755-90235


    Employees

    Foto von Christine Best Christine Best,

    Telephone: +49 231 755-90204


    Processing

    Gudrun Brieden,

    Telephone: +49 231 755-90210