Social Inclusion in Amateur Arts and Voluntary Culture
This project aims to support education providers in amateur arts and culture in promoting social inclusion and accessibility in their work and events. There are many groups that have limited involvement with voluntary events on arts, culture, and education due to language differences, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disabilities, and ethnicity, among other barriers. Though organizations in this field often want to do work that strengthens community and develops social inclusion, it can be difficult to overcome these limiting factors.
The goals and planned outputs of the project are:
- A baseline survey on good practices for benchmarking social inclusion as well as recommendations for encouraging it. The survey will be based on interviews and focus groups in each of the partner countries.
- Development of a benchmark tool that will allow organizations to ask themselves questions and reflect on the inclusiveness of their events considering indicators such as accessibility, how inclusive the content is, and how inclusive outcomes are.
- Practice methods for promoting social inclusion based on information gathered through the survey. These tools should allow organizations to pursue their goals of inclusion.
- Multiple national conferences in partner countries and one European symposium in Krakow, which will serve to share information and stimulate discussion on the Benchmark Tool and Practice Methods developed over the course of the project.
EDUCULT is a partner in this project, and will lend its expertise in research and consulting, particularly in conducting surveys, accompanying the practice methods, mapping results, and evaluating the process and the impact of the project.
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