IDEA invites you to “Art for Advocacy: Empowering artivists in the Balkans” training that will take place in Ohrid, Macedonia from 22 to 29 June 2016. We are accepting 60 participants from Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.
The entire program, and the associated training syllabus have been created with the intent of being as inclusive as possible and to give a chance to anyone interested in learning how to use art for advocacy. You don’t need any previous artistic knowledge or skills to be part of this training.
This year the programme sees the introduction of music production and slam / protest poetry to the curriculum to help round out the communicated message and present a more cohesive approach towards campaigning issues of importance.
Deadline for applying: 31 May 2016
IDEA considers art to be among the most important tools for communicating messages, expressing thoughts and positions, and promoting change and societal evolution. Visual messaging transcends age, gender and education and connects communities, projecting clarity and food for thought, and music has always been an integral part in communication.
In the information age, it is the flow of information, often unencumbered and overflowing that, if raw and unfiltered, can yield confusion and eventually have the effect of the message being lost, requiring that specific work is taken towards producing a concise and functional message. A principle function of IDEA, argumentation helps overcome this via logical reasoning, dialogue and conversation, making sure the message is clear, understandable and considering of alternate positions.
Hence, IDEA is, in 2016, expanding its Art for Advocacy program, through the organization of a series of workshops where youth and NGO activists will learn how to use the visual language of art and design to communicate their thoughts, messages and positions where it matters, contributing to a healthier, more open and encompassing communities.
2016 sees the introduction of music production and slam / protest poetry to the curriculum to help round out the communicated message and present a more cohesive approach towards campaigning issues of importance.
The singular event is to include three separate tracks via an individually adapted program flow, that are to use comic books, data visualization and music and poetry as tools for advocacy. The ultimate goal of the program is to support and guide young leaders as they develop further skills in advocacy through art, to build their confidence and clarify individual messages.
The program aims to strengthen civil society, with a focus on human rights, youth activists and representatives of youth civil organizations in SEE by providing them new skills for advocacy, but in a very innovative and alternative way of expression.
These tools will give organizations and human rights activists new ways to raise awareness of and educate the public about significant human rights. Art has the ability to touch society so profoundly that positive change can come about as a direct result. Art has always been the greatest advocate of human rights because it points out how vital is that the individual’s freedom of Self-expression is protected.
To ultimately lead to an effective change in their communities.
Young people aged 18-28 from Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia are invited to apply for the training.
Thanks to financial support from the Open Society Foundation, transport to and during the event, food and accommodation will be fully covered by IDEA.
When and where: 22 -29 June 2016, Hotel Pela, Ohrid, Macedonia
Videos from the previous Art for Advocacy trainings
Photos from the previous Art for Advocacy trainings