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Brave Kids 2018
Call for Artistic Groups
Our mission is to bring together children from all over the world in an atmosphere of friendship and respect for each other’s cultures. We do so by joining children together in artistic experiences aimed to inspire them to imagine a better future for themselves and their communities and providing them with the tools to help realize their aspirations.
What Does It Mean to Be a Brave Kids Group?
Brave Kids Groups are made up of 4-6 young artists accompanied by one adult Leader. Children should be between 8 and 16 years old. Leaders must be at least 18 years of age, have strong English language proficiency, and know the children in the group well. They can be a teacher or supervisor at the children’s local organization or a person that used to participate in the children’s group.
During the project, Group Leaders participate in their own program of activities and run workshops for local children, in addition to supervising and supporting their groups. Our project has a priority to serve the most disadvantaged children, especially those who are orphans or who are marginalized in some way in their communities (because of socioeconomic status, race, religion, ability, etc.). However, we also welcome participants from more stable backgrounds who are interested in intercultural friendship. We partner with strong, socially-minded, mission-driven organizations, but we also welcome informal groups of children who have started to practice some form of art as a way to improve their lives and their communities.
By becoming a Brave Kids Group you commit to:
- Sharing your skills and culture.
We welcome groups of children who regularly gather in their local environment to practice any kind of performing arts and are open to share their skills with peers from different parts of the world. The program consists mainly of artistic workshops based on our "kids teach kids" model, as a result, all children need to be skilled in their art forms and be ready to teach their skills to other Brave Kids participants. These skills can be diverse: traditional music and dance, break dance, circus arts, classical music, acrobatics, among others.
- Being hosted by local families.
All participants (children and their leaders) stay in pairs with local families who volunteer to host Brave Kids. The host families provide accommodation and food and organize activities. The host families are an important part of the project and extend our mission of intercultural dialogue and learning. Before becoming hosts for Brave Kids, these families go through a selection process which includes: a general meeting with the host families coordinator, single meeting with the coordinator to assess conditions for hosting, a first aid course, and workshops on intercultural communication, conflict resolution, and English language, among others. If you would like to learn more about Host Families, you can watch a short documentary created after Brave Kids 2013.
When and Where Does the Project Take Place?
Brave Kids 2018 will take place in several different locations at different times. Exact dates will be determined in early 2018.
Poland/Slovakia (in multiple cities) - June/July 2018 (approximately 21 days)
Georgia (in multiple cities) - end of July 2018 (approximately 10 days)
Ukraine - mid-September 2018 (approximately 10 days)
Romania - TBD
While we generally match groups to locations, we also welcome group input on their desired location.
Costs. Brave Kids covers the cost of food, accommodation, and local travel during the project. For groups from developing countries and from disadvantaged backgrounds, Brave Kids also covers the costs of international travel and the Schengen visa, when needed. However, we are not able to pay for issuing passports. Our ability to cover costs is determined for each group on a case by case basis. In addition, we always encourage our groups to have an active role in the search of sponsors for their international travel. Our project enjoys Honorary Patronage from UNESCO and is organized with financial support from the Municipality of Wrocław, the Polish Ministry of Culture, and the European Commission, as well as from other local municipalities where the project takes places.
How to Apply
If you are interested in sharing your artistic skills and traditions and learning from others or for more information, please contact:
Kathy Lawson - Brave Kids Program Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org | +48 713 418 878
Song of the Goat Theatre Association
Purkyniego 1, 50-155, Wrocław, Poland