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Competence oriented open learning for disadvantaged learners

FAE – Fusion of Art and Education

Danza Duende is a practice that encourages people to be present in the moment and allow themselves to express their feelings and emotions through movement. This approach proved to be extremely powerful with a group of women who rarely have the opportunity to dedicate time and space to themselves and the care of their mental and physical wellbeing. They worked on their self-expression, self-confidence and self-consciousness and found strength in the group do to so. The sisterhood created over the course of the residency allowed them to feel free, to be in the safe space where deep work on the self can happen. It was therapeutic for them.

Challenge Tackled

Shift the public narrative towards higher engagement with the topic of domestic violence and decrease tolerance to all forms of violence.

Breaking stigma ot mental health and trauma by exhibiting the internal power of someone who survived

Using art for social change allows us to reach audiences, who not necessarily seek information on the topic

Target group, beneficiaries or clients

The whole society

And women, who survived domestic violence and their friends, family, employers

Solution

Giving a voice to women survivors, and finding new models for creative intervention through creative writing, painting, exhibition and card games

The cards represent strength, new life and victory over violence, and that will have a very broad range of applications: from their use in therapeutic settings and group facilitation, to personal use where they can raise consciousness, empower, give confidence and foster courage.

Innovation

Games and art for social change

Early stage prevention

Empowered a group of women, who survived violence 

Through these story cards, the early prevention and awareness raising messages of #WomenSurvivors reach people who have not realized they need support. The combination of two impactful artistic forms - literary and visual - has the power to touch deep levels of consciousness, as only art can.

Unique Selling Point

Games that provoke people to discover the power within themselves

Unique paintings and stories

Impact

Thousands of visitors of the exhibition so far

Hundreds of card decks distributed already

Great dissemination power and usability in different contexts 

Feasibility/Transferability

The approach of using awakening art is applicable for every social change people want to provoke. 

The games are free of charge, the cards decks are bilingual and can be purchased with a 100% charity from Emprove foundation