fot. Alicja Szulc
The Brave Kids Artistic Instructor Training and Practical Dissemination Project
Co-funded by Creative Europe programme of the European Union
Over the life of Brave Kids, we have grown from hosting 15 children from three countries in 2009 to 144 children from 19 countries in 2016 and from producing the program in one city in Poland (Wrocław) to having sites in multiple Polish cities as well as new international locations in Slovakia and Georgia. As we envision further expansion of Brave Kids to new sites and to reach new artists, groups of children, and cultural managers, we are critically aware of the need to maintain the quality and integrity of the project. Artistic workshops led by professional artistic instructors using an innovative facilitated peer learning model that we call “kids teach kids” are truly the heart of Brave Kids. This learning model is rooted in a foundation of compassion and trust and strives to nurture the Brave Kids' confidence in their own abilities, not only as artists, but as leaders in their communities.
The Brave Kids Artistic Instructor Training and Practical Dissemination Project, a new two-year project co-funded by Creative Europe, aims to support the ongoing expansion of the Brave Kids Project while ensuring its continued quality and integrity. The core activities of the project include expanded training workshops for artistic instructors, recruitment and training of new artistic instructors in new project sites, and the development and publication of an integrated online manual of the Brave Kids model. More than a static written document, this manual will be an interactive platform that will allow us to engage a larger audience of new partners and collaborators, exchange best practices, and share the Brave Kids vision on a larger scale.
The Brave Kids project and its unique model touch children and their communities from both here in Europe and all over the world, strengthening their belief in themselves and increasing intercultural understanding and friendship. Participants return to their home countries and share these gifts with their friends, families, and communities. By investing in the continued quality and integrity of the Brave Kids model, making it more accessible, and increasing the pool of those trained in it, we hope to multiply the potential impact of the project for children and their communities all around the world.
We are so grateful for the support of the European Commission and the Creative Europe Programme for this project and for our fabulous project partners:
Fundacja Świat na Wyciągnięcie Ręki - Warsaw, Poland
Fundacja Wymiany Kulturowej to TU to TAM - Przemyśl, Poland
Haliganda Association - Košice, Slovakia
Toleranti Association of Samtskhe-Javakheti Region - Akhaltsikhe, Georgia
Charitable Foundation “Caritas Georgia” - Tblisi, Georgia
MiniArtShow by Ioana Ginghina - Dragomiresti Deal, Romania
Women's Charitable Organization "Our Vision" - Zhydachiv, Ukraine
fot. Filip Basara