Art for Social Trasformation and Intercultural Dialogue in Europe NETWORKS is promoted by Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, an international established player in the research and experimentation for innovative approaches in the relationship ART – Civic Society. The project acts on 3 levels: 1 education, 2 actions, 3 diffusion.
1: through the Multicultural residence a 4 month highly specialised course for 20 students and graduates, artists and professionals from any country in the world will be developed. The aim of this course is to train artists and representatives coming from the different nodes of the AS_TIDE Networks in empowering themselves as activists of global processes for social transformation and intercultural dialogue in Europe.
2: through 4 Project Interdisciplinary Workshops in each partner territory for 80 participants from social and cultural workers, intercultural associations, creative industries enterpreneurs, local development officials and key players. Workshops aim to initiate or contribute to existing processes of social transformation bringing inspirations, best practices and innovative creative approach.
3: through a dedicated website; a six-monthly magazine distributed in the co-partners premises, projects and initiatives and a final conference in Brussells, in order to bring in the very heart of EU the experiences and the developed visions.
Art can play an innovative role in the approach to some of the challenges society faces today: social inclusion, global sustainable economic development, intercultural dialogue & post industrial productive fabric. The aim of the project is to develop the use of art and cultural activities in order to combat cultural misunderstanding, creating a spirit of cooperation by the development of joint actions; to increase mobility of young people, encourage exchange and collaborative creation; to create a critical mass of artists and cultural operators, within different disciplines, that operate towards the responsible transformation of society, fostering intercultural dialogue; to promote differences as source of union and not of conflicts; to promote cultural differences in the European area as basis for the creation of a shared European Identity; through a network of socially engaged art centers (institutions, artists, schools and creative people).