The seven partners of the project "Integration Through Arts Learning to Enhance Society" (I-TALES 2019 1 IT02 KA204 062118) will meet in Massafra, a town in Puglia, South Italy, for their kick off meeting from 3rd to 6th January 2020. The staff members of Italy (coordinator), Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Lithuania, Portugal and Spain will share a common understanding of the project objectives, the work plan, the expected results, the LTTA methodology of work, the management and administrative requirements.
At the core of the project there is “The Arrival” a graphic novel by Shaun Tan. In the laboratories planned for the 2 years project, learners will go into a family story step by step, from the departure from their country to the arrival in "the golden land". Through it other TALES will be narrated, first of all the migrants’ ones, and also old migrations stories. Alongside the analysis of the panels of the novel, learners will be involved in a number of music, different arts and crafts-based- activities that will be the medium to express feelings, communicate, interact each other, integrate. Reciprocal knowledge and understanding of the facts will allow them to refuse fakes and prejudices in favor of respect and appreciation. Other activities will support their process of integration (language support, intercultural mediation support, sociality support) also with the collaboration of the community through a net each partner will build with some stakeholders active in the social field. The project will produce tangible and intangible results. Among the tangible ones there are music, artworks, artistic performances, exhibitions, workshops, concerts, digital products, deliverables. Intangible results include the skills gained by the staff in using the art-based approach in the adult education and in participating in Erasmus+, increased knowledge of the issues affecting refugees and migrants, promotion of processes of social inclusion and intercultural exchange among the other target groups they work with, input to use the arts-based approach in other contents and for different objectives. Concerning learners, they will develop behaviors conductive to dialogue, non violence, appreciation of diversity, will learn/improve communication skills, ICT skills, collaborative skills, creative and critical thinking skills.