Barcelona

by NPU — 2016-02-15

I Barcelona hadde vi med oss læringspartnere fra Stavanger, Molde og Os. Les hvilke refleksjoner NPU gjorde seg etter besøket, og hva våre læringspartnere mente at de fikk ut av oppholdet. Rapportene er på engelsk, ettersom AEN driver kunnskapsdeling på Europeisk nivå. 


Expectations/ learning goals

  • To discover a ‘state of the art’ of the initiatives arts institutions in Barcelona undertake to engage with hard to reach groups in society and to embed themselves in the neighbourhoods where they are located
  • To discover the strengths as well as the weaknesses of a divers range of these initiatives
  • To visit interesting places that are directly or indirectly linked with the projects that are presented
  • To make contacts with professionals and artists in Barcelona that can be interesting for our own organisation (for example regarding the community arts festival we host in Antwerp in 2015)

Format

The Barcelona event set out to present “some case studies of long term projects in inclusion of non-users adults, that started small and are now good practice examples for other institutions”. The cases where 11 in number and the majority was museums reaching out to local communities. The event took form of a conference spanning 1,5 days + the AEN partner meeting. The venues (3) where well equipped and moderated and though there was 11 cases presented we still managed to discuss some of them in some detail. 


Impressions, reflections and ideas – to take back home

The cases presented (museums) made use of art as a medium for the construction of meetings. 

Art as community development. The Raval Project.

To transform communities through art – key is peoples commitments. To tap into the existing energy in the communities. Tap into the energy of the people – their love and pride for their own community.

The risk of failure is the risk of success

Remember how the institutions themselves benefit from social work. It makes them feel useful. To feel useful in society makes you feel good.

The transformative effects of inclusion – effects on institutions - they set of a chain reaction that makes them more energetic and powerful – for their own good. NB! The transformative power coming from below in the organization – how do we reinforce the initiatives coming from below?

Partnerships is key

The importance of partnerships and fundraising

The importance of cooperation with social offices and welfare administrations

Partnerships – the intermediaries between the institutions and the people we want to reach out to.


Documentation and evaluation

All cases/institutions expresses lack of evaluation and research as a future challenge. At the same time – as one of the case-presenters put it: the essence of what we do is not possible to evaluate – we work with the generations of the future.

“I believe we are changing the world even if we can’t prove it”.

To feel useful in society makes you feel good.

MARIANNE MYRBOSTAD – TEATRET VÅRT

What was the most beneficial aspect of the seminar? 

The most beneficial part of the seminar was to interact with other participant, having discussions about the different projects and learn to know how other participants work. The presentation of Alta Realitat by Jordi Cortés was great - his focus on quality within the arts was truly inspiring.

What was the least valuable part of the program to you? 

The program had many interesting presentations. Maybe to many? Looking further into some of the projects and getting to know more of the people involved/participants would have been great. Maybe see people at work or experience the project in real life would have been possible? Language barriers is a problem under a presentation (and sometimes was), but when observing in real life it doesn’t have to be a problem (combined with presentations of course).

What learning did you take away from the event? 

Inspiration to go back home with a broader mind for exploring possibilities. A new network and resources (blog, webpages) to get furthermore inspiration. Knowledge about inspiring places and projects within my home country Norway and around Europe. My favorite quote from the seminar (can’t remember who said it, but thank’s!) would be “Construction of meaning with people” combined with Jordi Cortes focus on high quality within the arts – together adds up the short version of my learning that I took with me back home.

The presentation of Alta Realitat by Jordi Cortés was great - his focus on quality within the arts was truly inspiring.

HENRIK MELSOM EDVARDSEN – NORSK REVYFAGLIG SENTER

What was the most beneficial aspect of the seminar?

I liked the fact that the focus on cultural inclusion was different from "finding and adressing new target groups of audiences", and physical accessability to buildings.  Inspiring and important aspects were the stories on how key cultural workers within the organizations contributed to putting cultural inclusion on their agenda and started by making small steps.  Also being reminded that inclusion is a perpetual task.  Meeting engaged people at impromptu organized lunch and organized dinner was valuable.


What learning did you take away from the event?

Cultural inclusion matters and contributes to quality of life, different perspectives and opportunities for people, organizations and local communities.


Expectations/ learning goals

-       To discover a ‘state of the art’ of the initiatives arts institutions in Barcelona undertake to engage with hard to reach groups in society and to embed themselves in the neighbourhoods where they are located

I think the presentations were honest, and that the initiatives are important.  It's hard to judge whether all the initiatives are "state of the art", some were conveyed as better in that respect (Maritime Museum and Picasso Museum)

-       To discover the strengths as well as the weaknesses of a divers range of these initiatives

Yes. And that was very important.  This kind of work is not linear or always immediate successes.

-       To visit interesting places that are directly or indirectly linked with the projects that are presented

Yes. However, a quick intro/"guided tour" from the main entrance through to the auditorium could have had inspirational value.  I'm pleased I had spare time to visit Macba and Picasso museum after the conference.

To make contacts with professionals and artists in Barcelona that can be interesting for our own organization 

Indeed!

Cultural inclusion matters and contributes to quality of life

OLE TOBIAS LINDEBERG – OSEANA

What was the most beneficial aspect of the seminar?

Meeting other EU organizations and listen to their experience. Having one to one conversations with participants outside the auditorium. Making new contacts. Very inspiring.


What was the least valuable part of the program to you?

Not all of the presentations/projects  where relevant to us, of course.


What learning did you take away from the event?

To understand that the challenges as well as goals are the same whether you are in Norway or Spain. The seminar convinced me even more that we are developing our Art center in a good way.


Thank you for letting med participate!

the challenges as well as goals are the same whether you are in Norway or Spain

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