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Hit the wall
Start date: Nov 16, 2015, End date: Jul 15, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Hit the wall is a Youth Exchange organized under Key Action 1 of the Erasmus + programme that will take place in Palermo (IT) from the 17th to the 23th of March 2016. It is coordinated by Maghweb in partnership with Asociación Intercultural Europea – Go Europe (Spain), Youth of Europe (Poland) and Asociația Tinerii 3D (Romania). The project will involve 24 young people aged from 18 to 30 and 4 youth leaders for a total of 28 participants. Selection criteria will include the following: motivation, interest in street art and other topics covered active and aware citizenship, social inclusion, communication, interculturalism, use of ICT. It is required a basic knowledge of English. Hit the wall aims to promote the active participation of young people in society and to foster dialogue among young people coming from different cultures and countries through street art. The reason behind this choice lies in having identified in this particular form of communication and artistic expression a powerful means to intercept the needs and interests of the young generation, as well as a valuable tool to stimulate their dynamism in close relationship with the surrounding environment. The objectives of the project are therefore to promote the use of street art among young people as a tool to gain a better intelligibility of the environment and interact with it, promote active and aware citizenship, foster awareness on social inclusion and solidarity. Hit the wall supports young people in acquiring knowledge about street art techniques and languages, street artworks and urban areas housing them, good practices for social inclusion. In line with the characteristics of this art, the project is addressed to young people coming from different socio-cultural backgrounds (and with different needs) but with the same interest for street art and the same desire to communicate and express themselves, participate actively in the development of society, learn about other cultures. Main activities will concern: knowledge about artworks and street artists - supported by the use of audiovisual tools - ; meetings with the developers of a local project focused on social inclusion and district recovery; knowledge of local street artworks - through treasure hunt looking for C215 artworks - ; creative workshops with the use of artistic tools and techniques; sharing experience. Other activities include games, intercultural and musical evenings, language aperitifs, film, etc. Last days, participants will organize a photo exhibition about the experience of the exchange. The project will use informal and non-formal methods. They will encourage a role reversal between youth leader and young people, empowering and enabling the youths to contribute to the activities with their knowledge and skills, thus promoting peer learning. Expected learning outcomes for participants include increased desire to participate actively for the development of society; greater confidence in the ability of art in general, and street art in particular, to generate a personal and social change; greater artistic sensibility. Other important outcomes include greater cognitive and practical skills - thinking, creativity, dexterity and ability to use artistic tools and technology -; heightened self-confidence; increased knowledge and awareness of other countries and cultures. The partner organizations workers will have the opportunity to improve their professional skills in the field of education and youth, with a consequent increased appeal of their organization and promotion of internationalization. Exchange and dialogue with the local community will ensure the local impact of the project, whereas the media and the project itself, which will represent an example of good practice available to develop similar projects in different cities and countries, will ensure the impact at the national, European and international level. The last day of activities, participants will meet each other to develop new projects in the future, thus ensuring the long-term impact and a greater social dialogue in Europe.

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