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 cities important messages 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 the festival is linked to the Fridays for Future movement and te EU environmental priorities.
  • TOILETS FOR THE ERASMUS 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 and in Sofia, 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)

 

5 tips to celebrate Earth Day every day

April 22nd is Earth Day, an event celebrating the environment all around the world; this year marked its 50th anniversary.

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970: that day nearly 20 million people took to the streets to march for a safer planet.
Since that day, every year, citizens together with agencies, organisations and the UN, have been setting up marches and events to raise awareness of environmental issues and the protection of the Earth.

Explora also celebrates Earth Day and provides 5 tips to find out how small actions can make the difference for the future of our planet, a common gift that we all share and that makes our lives all the more valuable.

Happy Earth Day!

Water is a valuable asset: let’s save it in our daily life when having a shower, brushing our teeth, or watering the garden.

 

Recycling means turning an item into raw materials which can be used again for a completely new product; our duty is to properly follow this first step, which is sorting out waste. 

 

 Not all materials need to be recycled: you may turn them into creative objects giving free rein to your imagination.

 

Sow, plant and take care of green plants at home, at school or in your district: trees are essential for our life and the future of our planet.

 

A kitchen is an ideal space to understand “conscious consumption” and learn how to avoid wasting: products are like “windows to the world”, they tell us stories of distant and near places, people, relationships, choices and values.