For many of us, the summer 2020 will be remembered as a summer like no other in recent history. Despite the changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, luckily the implementation of projects’ activities didn’t stop.
Therefore, the association DRPDNM from Novo Mesto, Slovenia, organized safe outdoors events involving local youth, all within the framework of the project IMPACT. Together with the local partner Association for development of creative movement ‘Arabeska’, several workshops were held, which saw the participation of immigrants and children. The activity had an overall positive impact on the community, since being together help boosting the self-esteem and provide a sense of meaning. The youngsters were able to express their passion for art and to develop their artistic competencies, as also confirmed by Klara Magič Luneai, who joined the workshops: “Artistic expression in this way infuses self-confidence and is available as creative expression which has a positive impact on self-esteem.’’
The workshops took place on different locations and most of the activities were performed through the technique of improvisation, which was taught to children, thus enabling them to freely express feelings and emotions. A similar activity was organised during last year’s training in Italy, but as a matter of fact, working with children can give better results as they generally are more keen on building trust and connection within a given group of people.
Further workshop session will be prepared and implement during the autumn 2020… stay tuned!
This activity was organised as part of the IMPACT project – Inclusion Matters! using Performing Arts towards Cohesion and Tolerance, co-funded by the European Union under the Erasmus+ Key Action 2 Programme.