Civic Activism – Art for Social Change (11- 16 March, 2022)

Call and Criteria

Description:
Transformers (Civic Activism – Art for Social Change) is a project that aims to encourage active civic involvement of citizens using artistic, cultural, and educational techniques. Through this project we want to contribute to a more creative and inclusive public space and to a more effective participation of local communities in public life.
Transformers aims to enable people from local communities to reflect on relevant issues, to create a culture of opening a public social space and to facilitate mutual exchange in an intercultural and creative process.
By strengthening the role of arts and creative approaches, through working together, getting trained, debating and dealing with socio-political issues in our society, we want to bridge divisions and to create synergies between different regions of North Macedonia and the Balkans; at the same time bridging the division between civic organizations and state actors.

Call:
We invite you to become part of Transformers – an exciting group of people ready to make changes in the local communities where they live and function. Are you ready to embark on a journey that will bring you new knowledge, experiences, a wider network, and much more? Do you dare to transform and engage in civic activities?
We are looking for people of 18 years and above who are ready to join the project. You will get trained, practice your knowledge, and afterwards organize transformative actions inspired by topics closely related to you and the places where you live and function, reanimating abandoned public spaces, engaging your communities and giving new meaning to what a common space is and should be – all done by your own initiative, supported all the way by the mentors and the project team.
If you get selected, you will have the chance to attend the training (all expenses covered), work together with like-minded, creative and inspirational young people from different backgrounds, and have the chance to contribute with your personal ideas in implementing several transformative actions in your local community.
During the training you will gain knowledge for the usage of various artistic and educational tools and get trained to use them in benefit of civic, urban and creative activism, contributing to the engagement of more youngsters and peers for this purpose.
Right after the training you will have the chance to bring to life your ideas and implement projects that would initiate social change.

Eligibility:
– age over 18,
– interest in community activism, artivism (previous experience is valued),
– interest in working with different forms of art (photography, video production, street art, painting, poetry slam, performances, etc.) and intercultural education,
– interest in volunteering and contributing to local communities,
– English is valued
– currently living in North Macedonia and the region (WB6)
– motivation and commitment to create and be part of a sustainable group of people, working further together, with the power to multiply the gained knowledge and skills, and to create a network of like-minded peers,
– availability to attend the training in Ohrid, North Macedonia in the period from 11 – 16.03.2022,
– motivated to implement transformative actions in the period 2022

Open to: university students, civil activists, engaged artists, media workers, individuals, formal or non-formal groups

How to apply:
– Complete the application form and submit it!
– Deadline: 6th of March, 2022

*Given the situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic the training will be held according to the protocol provided by the government of the Republic of North Macedonia.

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