Come2Art European Conference

June 28, 2023, 2:00 pm | June 28, 2023, 5:00 pm
28 June, 2023

28 Jun, 2023

14.00 – 17.00 CEST

Brussels, Les Halles de Schaerbeek

This event is part of the Brussels2030 Summer Assembly 2023, which is an open conference that invites civil society, arts, culture, science, and diversity of actors that make this city help prepare Brussels to become the European Capital of Culture in 2030. The Summer Assembly offers a space where diverse urban actors can inspire one another and initiate processes of collaborative city-making.

Hosted by: Partners of the Come2Art Project: ActionAid Hellas (Greece), the Faculty of Fine Arts of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), Culture Action Europe (Belgium), MeltingPro (Italy), Clube Intercultural Europeu (Portugal), IoDeposito (Italy), and Creativity Platform (Greece)


The two-year project, Come2Art, will host its final event on 28 June 2023. This project has developed:
  • an interventional framework for promoting life skills development and application through creative placemaking
  • a life skills curriculum (including trainer’s and trainee’s toolkit) through arts in the context of creative placemaking
  • co-creativity hubs connecting community members and artists / cultural workers for life skills application
  • creativity placemaking projects at the local level inspired by COVID-19 experiences

On 28 June we will host a policy roundtable and a co-creation lab about arts-based active citizenship and creative place-making. This international workshop will bring together artists, community members, civil society organisations and policymakers from different European countries to work together over the course of the workshop to discuss political and policy support for developing the skills of artists to take a social role in building community resilience through artistic practices at the local, regional, national and European levels. We will develop a set of recommendations which will be submitted to the European Commission.


▻ 14.00 – Welcome and Keynote

Opening words

Benjamin Feyen –  Secretary General, Cultural Creators Friendship Group (CCFG), European Parliament
Barbara Stacher – European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG EAC)



Paul Dujardin – Chief Project Director 50/200, KMKH-MRAH | Jubelpark and CAE Board Member


▻ 14. 30 – What life skills do you need to build resilience in your communities?

Share circle of the Come2Art Framework and project results and tools

Presenters: Project Partners, Come2Art artists (TBC), community members


▻ 15.30 – Come2Art in Action: Policy Roundtables

An energetic, interactive session that gets participants to discuss and develop ideas for how to put community-building into the hands of artists

All particpants


▻ 16.45 – Wrap & Transition

Final thoughts and ideas on paper before Culture Action Europe takes all of the discussion to the writing board to publish a final policy document


Register to attend

Participation is free, but registration is required. Sign up here!

📍 Make sure to register for our session by checking the box next to “Come2Art: Art-based citizenship.”

In addition to our Come2Art Conference, you are welcome to participate in any (and all!) of the programmed events between 27 June and 2 July as part of the Brussels2030 Summer Assembly.


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