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Parol! writing and art beyond walls, beyond borders
Start date: May 1, 2013,

Professional writers and artists give creative writing and art workshops in 13 prisons in Belgium, Greece, Italy, Poland and Serbia. Prisoners under the guidance of workshop educators will convert “word” into “image”, into art works. ‘Border’ becomes the theme and inspiration source of the project.We want to set prisoners to writing and art practice for its personal benefits and aid with reintegration in society. We aim for core competences for self-realisation and development of the individual, for active citizenship and social inclusion. We stimulate multiple literacy as a social skill.Art works will be collected in Art Boxes and exchanged among European prisons. Work of art will also be sited in prisons and public spaces as material cultural heritage. During cross border venues artists will give workshops, swop skills & expertise, discuss planning, production, evaluation & promotion.We plan for extensive on-line/off-line visibility of the project and works of art, including transnational exhibitions. This will culminate in a European exhibition displaying a selection of art work and the methodology and creative process used. An interactive on-line multi-media ‘map’ of actions and outputs will reinforce the European network. Visibility will also take shape through creative writing by prisoners, reading aloud, performance, promotional material and (printed) books/catalogues/e-books.We aim to build creative bridges between the arts, culture, penal systems & society to promote: artistic/cultural work & intercultural awareness; collaboration & inclusion/citizenship; reintegration of prisoners at European level; social responsibility, of the prisoner to society & of society towards the prisoner.Parol! links with the European Year of Citizens, for cultural inclusion, access, self esteem and lifelong learning. We believe that this project will raise wide interest at community level, academics and media level.
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