Start date: May 1, 2015,
End date: Nov 1, 2015
International youth exchange COLOR SPLASH was planned by young volunteers which have been cooperating with partner organizations Mladinski center Trbovlje (MCT), Youropia (Spain), AVC Como (Italy), and ReCreativity Social Enterprise (Hungary) for a long time. The participants of the project were young people with fewer opportunities with different language barriers or difficulties expressing themselves in foreign language, young people from families with financial problems and young people who have completed education and do not know what to do in their lives.
Young participants had the chance to improve their skills of artistic expression as well as gain knowledge in the field of creative industries (graffiti art, drawing, graphic design, the use of digital media, dance etc.) during this project. All the gained knowledge is gathered and recognized in their Youthpass certificate. Through the project, they also got the chance to transform their hobbies – street art into a business idea or increase their employment opportunities with the help of new knowledge and a reference in the field of international projects and new acquaintances.
The aim of the COLOR SPLASH project was to make a big street graffiti on the theme of friendship and tolerance that would permanently cover a wall in Trbovlje and serve as a reminder of intercultural cooperation of young people. But the problem occurred because some of the partners did not attend the Advance Planning Meeting, therefore we could not create a common sketch of the graffiti, besides that we also couldn’t find an appropriate wall that would be big enough for 20 people. Therefore we decided to make graffiti on plastic foil which was rolled out between two points in the space and so we made canvas that was big enough. Besides graffiti art, we also organized 4 other street art workshops that were based on methods of non-formal education (flash mob, interactive installation, sculpturing and multimedia) which enabled young people to upgrade their knowledge in the field of creative industries and artistic performance with the help of their mentors. We formed a few nationally mixed groups and the leader of each group took the role of their mentor, who guided the participants through the learning process.
Through this project, young participants enhanced the problem of »gray walls« in the local community and showed that the exhibitions can be moved from the galleries to the streets, which proves that street art is not only an opportunity for the development of tourism but can also become someone’s job.
The purposes of the International Exchange are:
- To train young people with less opportunities in the fields of creative industry, artistic expression, team work, and entrepreneurship.
- The improvement of the employability of youmg people.
- The strengthening of an international social network of young people; both on a personal, as well as an organizational level.
- Raising the general awareness of the »grey wall« issue, and the potential of street art as a new brench of tourism.
The goals of the International Exchange are:
- The realization of a ten day international exchange with sixteen participants (mainly young people with less opportunities), as well as one advanced planning vist and three preparatory national meetings.
- The acknowledgement of the participant's work in the form of Youthpasses.
- The realization of six workshops in the fields of street art and creative expression (one before and five during the exchange), one workshop in the field of entrepreneurship (during the exchange), and one multimedia workshop (also during the exchange).
- The realization of one intercultural evening and the preparation of a new international project idea (during the exchange).
- The forming of a new Facebook page, aimed at providing a basis for the participants to stay in touch after the exchange.
- Organizing a final event for the general public, at which we participants introduce the completed grafitti.
- The realization of promotional activities, ten media coverages and one flashmob, all aimed at promoting the project.
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