AAA. Accessible Art for All

AAA. Accessible Art for All is a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union to deliver in 5 partner citiesimportantmessages for current and future European societies, through high-impact local festivals promoting the conversion of toilets into toilet artworks.

Through visual, digital, and street arts in toilet venues of museums, festival organisations, schools, stations, and other community spaces, this multi-targeted action will contribute to raising awareness from climate change and environmental sustainability to the importance of being a European citizen, a society which should always be against bullying and discrimination and inclusive with migrants and refugees.

Accessible
Toilets are not always accessible for everyone – from children to people with disabilities. In our project, toilets will be transformed not only to include artworks and installations with powerful messages but also to be accessible for the venue’s specific target.

Art
To bring people back to art venues, we need to bring art where everyone goes: toilets. Through specific festivals, with workshops, installations, performances, and seminars, art and culture will be a means to launch powerful messages, with the collaboration of high-quality artists and key associated partners (i.e. environmental associations, organisations of young movements, networks, etc.).

All
The project is multi-target and has been designed for specific audiences.

Why toilet?
A toilet is an important place where (besides everything) we sometimes come up with ideas or insights, we often think, at times we read or reflect. There is a toilet in every home or public place and we often take it for granted. However, try going to the toilet if it is located in a basement and you are in a wheelchair or pushing a pram. Or, find out how to flush the water if you cannot see. Or, dare wash your hands using an intelligent faucet and water sink system, if you have intellectual difficulties.

With the help of artistic solutions and interventions, that immerse people actively into an emotional experience, we would like to make better use of the time we spend in the toilet by turning it into a transformative journey towards becoming more sensitive and compassionate people. This will help us understand and accept physical or other barriers that “close” the access to toilets (and not only) for some of us and also divide us.

Today, these lines of separation are stronger than ever and go beyond physical and mental limitations.

We believe that experiencing limitations will make us more empathetic and understanding of each other, and we are convinced of the power of art to deliver this message.The toilet is an unconventional place for such a project. The choice is purposeful and provocative and hopes to achieve a change in attitudes of non-acceptance and confrontation through art.

 

AAA. Accessible Art for All is an European initiative coordinated by Explora and 4 other international parters:

The AAA Festivals 

  • TOILETS FOR FUTURE – In Rome and in Sofia, the festival is linked to the Fridays for Future movement and te EU environmental priorities.
  • TOILETS FOR THE ERASMU
  • ArtReach / Leicester
  • Altonale / Amburgo
  • Muzeiko / Sofia
  • Kristianstad / Svezia [/li
  • S GENERATION – In Hamburg, the festival is linked to the importance of being European and the best-known European program, the symbol of an entire generation.
  • TOILETS FOR DIALOGUE BETWEEN CULTURE – In Leicester, the festival is linked to the promotion of dialogue between cultures and the benefits of living in a multicultural society.
  • TOILETS AGAINST BULLYING AND DISCRIMINATION – In Kristianstad, the festival promotes an inclusive society and tackles any types of bullying and discrimination. 

 

 

AAA. Accessible Art for Allis a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the EuropeanUnion

Project duration:  1st September 2020 – 28 February 2022 (18 months)

 

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CREAM

CREATIVE MAKERS: kids’ fablabs for letterpress & printing inspired by tinkering and making (CREAM) is a project co-funded by Creative Europe, a programme of the European Union, which aims at creating 4 fablabs for children, to reinvent letterpress and printing through tinkering and making.

Fablabs, the project’s main results, are designed as dedicated spaces where children, teachers and parents are actively involved in new hands-on workshops which combine the basic concepts of printing and letterpress with digital fabrication and other new technologies. Local test events and collaborations with existing fablabs, artists and makers will also be scheduled, with the focus being on schools and families.

Workshops and transnational training courses are fundamental experiences for sharing skills and knowledge, whose aim is: 

  • to design new workshops for children, teachers and parents;
  • to acquire fablabs’ basics and implement audience development plans in fablabs that are being co-created during the project;
  • to understand the business potential and other socio-economic impacts of fablabs that are being co-created during the project.
 

The project includes 4 main activities:

  • transnational training workshops for partners;
  • design, co-creation and launch of kids’ fablabs;
  • training on audience development and new business models related to fablabs;
  • study visits to existing fablabs and local events to test new workshops for families and schools.
 

The CREAM partnership includes: 

  • Explora, the children’s museum of Rome (Italy);
  • Neapolis, a maker space that will soon create its own fablab in Vilanova i La Geltrù (Spain);
  • Labora, a space for hand-on letterpress and printing workshops in Tallin (Estonia);
  • National Print Museum in Dublin, a museum fully dedicated to printing in Dublin (Ireland).

Other stakeholders are associate partners, fablab collaborators and project disseminators:

Fablab Muse (Italy); FUN LAB (Spain); Ukraina Kultuurikeskus – Ukrainian Cultural Center (Estonia); MakerLab, Kultuuri Katel (Estonia); TOG Dublin Hackerspace (Ireland); Fab Foundation Ireland (Ireland); Hands On! International Association of children in Museums (Austria).

Also, CREAM involves Melting Pro, a cooperative specialised on audience development for cultural organizations.
Each partner will produce, thanks to the help of Melting Pro, an audience development plan for the new kids fablabs, elaborating a strategy to better dialogue with kids, schools, families and other local stakeholders.

Project duration: 01/09/2017- 28/02/2019

 

 

 

Creative Makers is a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

 

 

 

 

Creative Makers has received the label for the European Year of Cultural Heritage from NEMO, Network of European Museum Organisations.