The kick-off meeting of the “MedArt – Methods of Education for Disadvantaged Adults Rooted in Theatre” project was held from the 16th to the 18th of October 2015 in Bratislava (Slovakia). The project is funded by the “Erasmus +, Key Action 2 – Partnerships Strategic Education for Adults” programme and involves 8 partners from 8 : apart from the Centre for Creative Development “Danilo Dolci”, the partnership consists of Divadlo Bez Domova (Coordinator – Slovakia), Acta Community Theatre (United Kingdom), Teatr Grodzki (Poland), Asociacion Acunagua (Spain), Drustvo ProSoc (Slovenia), MVKBP (Hungary), Stichting Hogeschool Rotterdam (Netherlands).
The whole partnership has as a common denominator a strong experience in theatre – in the field of drama therapy in particular – and the use of non-formal education techniques within their projects that make use of theatrical methods. All partners have also had experience in EU projects and in the training and inclusion of people belonging to disadvantaged groups. The meeting in Bratislava made it possible to discuss the implementation of the project for the next two years, clarifying the objectives and dividing the responsibilities for the coming months according to different skills. In addition, the international meeting was also an opportunity to see in action the methodologies that will be implemented during the project, seeing the work that the Slovak organization performs with its target group.
The general objectives of MedArt are:
1) improving the knowledge, skills and abilities of professionals and social workers who work with disadvantaged adults as homeless, migrant, disabled, using the techniques of theatre as a tool for social inclusion;
2) to create a manual collating methods from the individual partners in the work for the empowerment of disadvantaged adults through drama therapy techniques that will be tested during the implementation and they will become the basics of the drama therapy manual which will become a valuable aid for all social workers working with theatre and disadvantaged adults.
Next meeting will be in February 2016, in Poland, where such methods will be discussed and tested in order to be included in the final project manual.
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