Thinc

Austria, Vienna

Jessica Kennedy White, BA (hons) M.Sc Wolfson, University of OxfordTOLERANCE Jessicakennedywhite@gmail.com
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Summary
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Vision Statement Mission Statement Context Target Beneficiaries Project Strategy Proposed Implementation Funding required

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Vision Statement

Thinc is an Intercultural art education project that finds a common language through art, calling for appreciation of diversity within and between different communities, so that understanding and information flow between communities can increase.
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People have had to leave part of themselves behind to “get ahead”

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We All See Things Differently

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We need to provide environments where we can experiment with our diverse expressions of creativity.

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so we all become coinvestigators in the creative learning process

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Creativity broadens the scope of how we interact with each other creativity supports our multiple visions for the future.

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Mission Statement

Thinc by accepting diversity and by advocating that the preservation of identity is all about accepting hybridity we can be living and working towards a more peaceful way of life through social inclusion on many levels Thinc enables youth and adults to realise their highest values and tolerance of each other`s diversity through the emotive language of art.
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Das Projekt
Die Grundidee des Thinc. Projekts, zeigt dass man durch gegenseitiges interkulturelles Verständnis und durch Akzeptanz der Verschiedenheit den Informationsaustausch zwischen verschiedenen Gemeinschaften fördern und so zu einem interkulturellen Dialog beitragen kann. Jede Gemeinschaft hat über einen längeren Zeitraum eine Symbolik entwickelt durch die sie on anderen Gemeinschaften wahrgenommen wird, doch genau hier kommen oft Vorurteile zu tragen, da die Gemeinschaften gegenseitig nur ihre vereinfachten Stereotypen und Vorurteile sehen und so der Informationsaustausch schon im Vorfeld zum Scheitern verurteilt ist.

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Current Context
Thinc is in line with 2011 European Year of Volunteering Thinc joins the EU in this solidarity to support different forms of exchange to create a new economy promoting a society that sustains and develops quality of life, social well-being and equal opportunities for all; Boosts solidarity between generations and ensures sustainable development. EU education minister stakes these aims as a top priority therefore endorses the project fully. Susanne Bransteidl head of schools fully endorses the project and infrastructure mentoring will be supported and by the Stadt Schul Rat. Further mentoring support from EDUCULT

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Our Creatively Diverse Landscape
intention + awareness + action + resources + network = sustainability

good intentions are needed but they are not enough alone to bring about real change

to more consistently deeply in line with understa our values that nd social in andare these and fluid and historical open to contexts change that we are all operating within

our actions

not just of the monetary kind. Our new economy is encouragin g us to find new forms of resource exchange

resource exchange must be diversified to maximize benefits. More and more, we are working in a f r a g m e n t e d 13 landscape and it is up to us together to share how to connect these pieces to find new ways of knowledge and resource exchange

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Thinc is a project that came out of a pilot project Intercultural Art Education that was in 2007-8 together with the European year of intercultural dialogue and then in 2008-9 it became V.I.A Values, Identity, Art that is in line with the European year of creativity and innovation. This has been supported by ACES Association of Central and European Schools that was created by the Interkulturelle Zentrum and funded by the Erste Stiftung The supporting organizations are KulturKontakt, Dr. Michael Wimmer EDUCULT http://www.educult.at and Horst Tschaikner, Rupert Corazza at StadtShulRat Wien in Susanne Bransteidl Head of Schools Bureau. They fully endorse the project and consult on project competence and infrastructure. Further consultants include child psychologists and educators: Prof. Dr. Toni Reinelt and Prof. Dr. Gisela Gerber *for a further list of current stakeholders please see Thursday, 9 December 2010

Background & Stakeholders*

Context
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Current situation
• • Lack of cross-curricular links hindering open-mindedness towards education and culture Lower values are expressed through art and media, suggesting suppression of higher values in education • Students experience apathy and disengagement for learning, often students are diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, when really it is the lack of practical and creative engagement that is causing them to lose focus. • Latent indifference and apathy towards different communities, causing prejudices • Teenagers that are wanting to creatively use their multiple intelligences are finding that the current education system in Vienna is restricting Existing Initiatives • Initiatives have not succeeded in raising awareness of diversity leaving stereotypes & lack of information flow between the different communities • Currently there are creative projects, but none yet that address simultaneous language learning and that enable a level of creativity that is healing and innovative by connecting with our incredibly intersecting and diverse history.
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Target Beneficiaries
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Target Beneficiaries
• Teenagers from Austria, Vienna, Central and South Eastern Europe and Brooklyn, USA aged 13-18 with mentors from 18-30 being exposed to intercultural, innovative communication with each other through the common language of Art Education Assistance provided

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Legal support with EDUCULT and infrastructure provided by Stadt schulrat: Vienna Board of Education and Interkulturelle Zentrum Discussion based seminars in http://www.theresianumgasse10.at Workshops with a diverse range of children to be held with artists in interactive environment with stimulus provided by artists and museums in Vienna including ZOOM museum. The workshops allow contact and interaction between communities through art raising awareness of diversity

Delivery

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Thinc Advocacy
• Enabling teenagers who are traditionally the subjects of art and education to become its co-creator • Giving a voice to those who are too often ignored or silenced • Enabling participants to become advocates for change • Enabling participants to inform and affect policy on local and international levels

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Expect the unexpected

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Unlocking creativity takes us further than we ever could have imagined or expected with prescribed outcomes

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Proposed Implementation
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Service
• Interactive Workshops (2-4 hours) • Seminars for teachers and art educators with diversity consultants and policy makers in Teresaniumgasse • Workshops: 1 Artist or Art Educator per workshop • Jessica White moderator/facilitator • Workshops every week during the school terms and in holidays they will be extended to all day workshops. In Vienna workshops in collaboration with a variety of artists and museums as well as in collaboration with Art Educators, social entrepreneurs such as emersense www.emersense.organd at spaces such as The Hub & Schmiede.ca
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Promotion
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Promotion Delivery
• Existing promotion carried out with all stakeholders • Currently have received many testimonials with widespread acceptance & enthusiasm on both a local and national level (available on request)

Administration
• If funds are to be placed with EDUCULT based in the museum’s quarter they will provide a legal basis.

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Workshops and Seminars
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Providing training in vocational art projects through Innovative Art Education practice Exploring diverse heritage and identity Intercultural dialogue Cultural Diversity and fluidity of language

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Thinc (Phase 1: Feb 2011)
Phase 1: Third week of Feb-third week of July Thinc heads innovative programs with a series of workshops and seminars. Expenses covered: Venue hire, seminar rooms. Expenses to cover: artists fees, art education concepts and materials, travel (cameras, printing materials, costume) that will be developed by Jessica White with Art educators, artists and teachers For all details of expenditure, please see the attached budget sheet

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Thinc (Phase 2: Sept – Feb 2012)
Phase 2: First week of Sept - First week in feb

As in phase one, phase two will be workshops and seminars on a local and international scale with students from different schools with the age category 13-18 yrs with mentors/ art educators age 18-35
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Projected Scenario
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It Starts With One our connection to each other is as colourful as we are

Courses have already started to be rolled out to children, teenagers and adults in other part of Austria--Salzburg and on more of an international scale and offered to students of all ages. With the financial support of a variety of commercial sponsors and non-for-profit/governmental donors.
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Seminars
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Seminars will proceed in different locations depending on the target groups in Vienna: http://www.theresianumgasse10.at and http://vienna.the-hub.net/ & in Salzburg: www.schmiede.ca so that teachers, art educators, artists and entrepreneurs can share skills and resources. In the first month of Phase One project there will be a launch, several workshops and a seminar

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Innovative Art Education Methods

Based on primary research of how art educators engage with exhibitions and artefacts, continental European museums focus on dialogue, discussion and debate, whereas UK museums focus on craftwork. Therefore, an objective of this project is to merge the two methods together integrating both theory and practice for a praxis
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ICP and Luksuz

The project is also linked in with ICP International Centre of Photography at The Point in the Bronx, NYC and Luksuz connection that is a group of Film and Media Literacy projects for Young People across South Eastern Europe.

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Projectguggenheim

We have the opportunity to collaborate with Hans Guggenheim with his Projectguggenheim. He seeks to provide high quality training in traditional skills for young artists and artisans. Our programs aim to encourage innovation because for traditions to survive they must respond creatively to new cultural and economic challenges in their environment.
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Is Art Education just on the side?

"Once the door is opened, they don't want to leave," Ms. Austin said, adding, "I think because photography is so fluid and so immediate — it's reflecting back to them a sense of possibility in their lives they haven't seen before."

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Combining Theory with Practice

Working with a variety of artists for creative interactive workshops

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Thematic Connections
• • • • • • • • • • • Community Ritual Inclusion and exclusion Diversity Stereotypes Memory Photography Narrative/storytelling Identity Tradition History

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Photography

Photo Elicitation and Photography workshop Combining theory and practice

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Illustration and Comic Workshop

Animation / Comic Comic book workshop Elicitation Combining theory and practice

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Writing Workshop

• Finding words and themes that fit locations creating soundscapes • Reconstruction: To reveal history as a narrative and open to change depending on who narrates it • Context Switching: between historical periods • Real letters: students write real letters to people in the past, present and future • Collaborative writing
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Film and Writing

Writing workshops will lead into film workshops So that students can understand how all these mediums can be linked so they can empower themselves For their own future creative expression
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Acting workshop

• Acting class raising children and youths´ confidence through a variety of styles including drama, comedy acting for both film and theatre
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Music

In collaboration with members of BauchklangVocal Groove Project (this is an example there will other many music workshops) students will experiment with their voices around open spaces, working on collaborative musical soundscapes

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Acting/Movement

Using movements, relationships between body, space, and speed to help students to explore both their inner realms as well as their outer inter-personal relationships socially.

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Unlocking creativity is our bridge between what has been, what is and what will be

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Pilot workshop Feb - June `08
in relation to Dress, Costume and Identity

The aim of this workshop was for students to see themselves in relation to identities constructed in the history of art of both women and women and in relation to men.

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Unlocking creativity brings our core values to the surface

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Balkan Workshops With Adults

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Evaluation

Instead of using a method of assessment that focuses on goals, targets, exams and grades in isolation, the art education methods engages students at both a creative and analytical level

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Self and Peer Evaluation
Learning Logs: Focus on workshops activities and does not include comments about personal matters. Personal journals: Students write whatever they wish. Students record events in their lives, explore ideas, questions, fears, concerns and other thoughts

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Improving English Language with Personal Language Portfolios

Competences will be evaluated by students, teachers, artists and art educators through art and language portfolios developed by Jessica White and continuous self, peer and mentor evaluation

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Tangible outcomes online _______________________________________________
All materials will be available in an online database to which participants will have access. The curriculum will also feature extensive online components at Maptales (http://www.maptales.com), which will help facilitate the creation of online communities around the topics discussed.

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Online Documentation of Projects
Facebook mediadot.at/thinc http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=912&id=100000214743145 Blogger http://jtamsin.blogspot.com/ YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/jtamsin Schmiede.ca http://bit.ly/d88QqP Earth Charter http://bit.ly/9SV9Wd Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/97282441@N00/
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Tangible Outcomes

Exhibitions in Vienna, East and South East Europe and NYC supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum

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Das Projekt
V.I.A. will sich vor Allem der Problematik der eigenen Identität, der Verschiedenheit und dem gegenseitigen Verständnis widmen um Vorurteile zu umgehen und einen neuen Blickwinkel zu schaffen. Um dies zu erreichen bedient sich Thinc. der Methode der Intercultural Art Education.

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