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Visual heArts Express
Start date: Mar 1, 2015, End date: Nov 1, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

VThe project accomplished all the planned objectives through the planned methodology. In addition, the venue and its facilities increased the quality of free time and informal moments, as the connection between the participants took place from the very first moment of the arrivals till departures and later on. The participants explored various non-formal and artistic methods, discovering new ways of self and group expression of their emotions. They were able and guided to work on the relation with themselves and the others, including nature environment or local community. The unity of the group begun with the first team-building activity that created a comfortable atmosphere of working and sharing, leaving behind stereotypes, prejudices or personal insecurities. We succed to solve some lack of interest in some participants by getting all of them involved as a group. From that point on, based on individual and group reflection, individual and group work, they discovered new and old emotions and creative ways to express them. As it was not an art course but a Youth Exchange based on non formal Learning we succeeded day by day to make all the participants comfortable to express themselves through artistic tools. Natural elements, recycling material, pencils, colors, paint, music, decorations and others were some of the ingredients transformed by the participants into small and personalized masterpieces. This youth exchange was aiming at supporting and encouraging self-development using visual arts as main tools. The specific objectives were: - to guide 25 young people towards applying constructive creativity as a communication channel - to embrace artistic means of expression for improving mutual understanding at personal, cultural and multicultural levels, through the participants of 25 young people from 5 different cultural backgrounds - to show through a non-formal methodology how arts are and have been connected with behaviors and emotions, in order to appeal to the most adapted for social growth - to share good practices of listening and self expression that encourage sense of initiative and active participation at individual and collective levels - to explore individual and intercultural challenges through the active involvement of each participant with active tasks. The project succeeded to reach the specific objectives of the project, all of the participants were able to apply constructive creativity as a communication channel, to communicate and understand each other etc. It was very impressive to notice how some of them get involved in this field for the first time, starting to express themselves, touching deeper the other and their culture etc. Of course the results was different case by case, but for each of the participants there was a growth, for some was a little growth but for the majority of the participants it was very impressive.
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