The aim of the BRIDGING project is to work together across the seven countries to bridge social capital and strengthen inclusion, cohesion and trust in our communities at a time when there is much division and misunderstanding. The project will develop new participatory and co-creative cultural learning approaches that can be shared with practitioners across Europe. Educators – including managers, consultants, teachers, trainers, instructors and volunteers – will benefit from the results of the State of the Arts surveys, new idea compendia, teaching materials and curricula generated and tested through the project. The unique position of participatory culture, representing an enormous and diverse population across Europe, highlights the potential for these activities to have a huge impact on social integration across traditionally segregated groups in our societies.
The work will involve collaborating with the arts, culture and heritage sectors, trainers and educators, along with volunteers and community projects looking in particular at social-capital in five contexts:
The BRIDGING project will work in three main phases to ensure that the outcomes are beneficial to a wide audience and have a strong and lasting impact across Europe.
RESEARCH: Extensive research across all partipating countries gather data and experiences of activity organisers, volunteers and participants which will guide our work.
DEVELOPMENT: The surveys and interviews feed directly into the development of new curricula guidelines and training to be tested and evaluated through the partnership.
SHARING: National events in each of the seven countries, digital tools and documentation will be shared and promoted strategically to maximise the impact and legacy of the research.