The two-year Strategic Partnership Social inclusion and Well-being through the Arts and Interdisciplinary Practices (SWAIP) has received €204.855 from the Erasmus+ programme, to develop curricula for a study programme, which will train artists and health workers with an arts background to work with social inclusion in their artistic projects. The goal is to introduce them to art’s abilities to make connections, facilitate well-being, empowerment and strengthen self-confidence. Emphasises will be on training flexible and sensitive artists, capable of relating to advanced ideas and finding new roles in the constant changing society.
SWAIP Project partners
The project is a collaboration between Iceland University of the Arts (co-ordinator), University of Porto, University of Alicante, University of Hertfordshire, Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, and AEC (The Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen.
Content SWAIP project
The project consists of several activities over a two-year period, offering a collaborative learning community for all art disciplines, with active participation of academics and students in the field of arts and therapy, and healthcare specialists. These will be in the form of two intensive programmes and a staff development seminar, focusing on reaching out to people suffering the Alzheimer disease and youth at risk of dropping out of school.
The project activities will serve as a venue for exploring learning approaches developed by an interdisciplinary group of specialists, which have the common ambition of using art as a tool for social inclusion. The group’s development work will result in curricula for a study programme that provides artists and health workers with an arts background, with opportunities to train and work in a professional environment, presenting creative interdisciplinary learning approaches.
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