Come2Art is a project that builds relationships between artists and cultural workers and community members by developing life skills through arts through creative placemaking. The project brings people together in order to develop life skills which build community resilience.
It is a critical moment to build creative resilience at the community level across Europe: At the EU level, 7.3 million cultural and creative jobs are being affected by COVID-19 (Culture Action Europe, 2020). Artists are in need of new and flexible tools and life skills in order to become more resilient and creative.
This project connects local artists, community organisations and citizens through inclusive co-creativity hubs, to practically apply life skills through creative placemaking efforts, promoting active citizenship. In addition to engaging, training and mobilising artists and cultural workers, Come2Art provides life skills to members of local communities through artistic expression, approaching creativity as a resource for building resilience.
Come2Art puts artists at the centre of collective planning and implementation of creative placemaking projects, such as mural arts and public art sculptures in order to give citizens alternative ways of expression and social connection. Artists have a leading social role in building community resilience through arts, and involved citizens will acquire life skills, such as self-regulation of emotions, flexibility, communication and collaboration, digital content creation, critical and creative thinking.
The Come2Art project will develop:
- 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
COME2ART Partnership comprises 7 key players from 4 EU countries namely:
ActionAid Hellas, Greece
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Culture Action Europe, Belgium
Melting Pro, Italy
Clube Intercultural, Portugal
Creativity Platform, Greece