EPMA has launched a new exciting project STAR – STreet ARt for Social Inclusion late last year. The project aims at creating a network with a common strategy for promoting social inclusion and decreasing marginalization by rehabilitation of depressed and abandoned areas of European cities through street art.
It specifically aims at:
- increasing citizens’ participation and solidarity;
- connecting people of different backgrounds and cultures;
- regenerating depressed and abandoned areas resulting in decreased marginalization;
- awareness raising activities to prevent discrimination and intolerance
STAR brings together 15 partners from all over the EU representing municipalities and NGOs. While local activities have been launched, the partners haven’t had a chance to meet in person until recently due to the current global pandemic. In April the partners therefore kicked off the project online. During a full day of discussions, the partners had a chance to finally meet, get to know each other’s activities in more detail and make plans for the future.
On the local level in the Czech Republic, EPMA has held preliminary meetings with a selected local municipality and relevant organisations from its territory representing local disadvantaged groups, youth groups and other important stakeholders. The local consortium started making concrete plans on how to implement the project.
On the international level the project will need to continue online for some time. Thus, the partners have planned to hold a PUBLIC WEBINAR, which will consist of a discussion about the role of street art for social inclusion and urban regeneration, project presentation, presentation of local activities with a focus on experiences and local art works. More information about the webinar will be available here: https://www.epma.cz/en/news_/