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I Choose Art

Type of tool: 
Activity
Duration: 
120+ min
Topics addressed: 
Group dynamics
Intercultural learning
Social inclusion

“They are gays.They are aggressive.She is sexy. He is stupid”
Fed-up of all these statements? Is Art only for artists and creative people? Or is it something practical that we can use in our daily life?
Join us and try it in order to judge yourselves.

Aim: 

Creating a space where participants can share their own ideas and believes, at the same time perceiving the diversity as source of richness not as source of exclusion.

Methodology: 

- Multiple creative forms of expression and artistic approaches to build on people’s diversity through:
- Performance that feeds into social cohesion.
- Theater.
- Music.
- Drawing.
- Storytelling

Step by step process: 

- Divide the group to 4 groups, making sure that every group has participants from all the backgrounds available.
- Provide a flipchart and drawing pens to each group and give the instructions.
- The 4 groups start with drawing a collective personality, which is an imaginary personality that represents all group members. (15-20 Minutes and the facilitator asks them to switch)
- The 4 groups add a song that is famous or commonly known by all the communities that the members are from, and they write their own lyrics next to the drawing of the personality. (15-20 Minutes and the facilitator asks them switch)
- The 4 groups now write the story of this personality that they have, it can’t be a known story like snow white for example, and then they write it down on the flipchart. (15-20 Minutes and we switch)
- The 4 groups create a performance of this story using the drawing, the song and the story, maximum of 5 minutes. (15-20 Minutes).
- The facilitator asks the 4 groups to perform the outcome of their scene to the whole group (one team at a time). (20 minutes for the 4 groups)
- Closure and questions (20 minutes) (there will be 2 types of questions A- General Questions. B- Content related questions about the tool).
- General questions such as (-How was your experience? - Did you like it or not? Why? -What was your favourite part? Why?)
- Content related questions about the tool such as (-Do you feel now that you know more about other team members communities? Why? -What was your input in the process? -Do you think you can now work with a team from different backgrounds? -What changes you have observed after this experience on a personal level?)
- Do you think your cultural / family background affected your decision and how?

Materials and resources: 

- Flipcharts (2 per team/4 teams).
- Drawing pens (1 per team).
- 4 Tables, distributed all over the room so each team can have its own space.
- 5 chairs to be used in during the performance if needed.
- Moving the tables and make a small space in the room as a performing area after creating the performances.
- Pens and Evaluation form (1 per participant).

Outcomes: 

After this experience participants should leave with:
- Art can be used as a tool that breaks the barriers.
- Diversity as source of richness not as source of exclusion.
- Identifying the “I” inside the “WE”.
- Acknowledging the difficulties and differences as part of their personality.

Evaluation: 

The evaluation will be done through a small evaluation form of 5 questions: first 3 questions has a scale of 5 smiley faces (Mad-Sad-Neutral-Satisfied-Happy) The last 2 questions are open.
- Did you like the Session?
- Was the content organized and easy to follow?
- Did the session meet your expectations?
- What aspects of the session could be improved?
- Do you think this tool can be used in your own community ? how? And what are the challenges that could be faced if any.
- Other comments, observations, suggestions

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