This project addresses the problem of stereotypes and prejudice in cultural institutions and among people conducting artistic classes in Śląsk. In the whole voivodship, there are approximately 400 cultural centers that operating youth groups, but the persons conducting the activities do not have the competencies to include vulnerable persons, react to discrimination, or use non-stigmatizing language. In the artistic community itself – in artistic schools and cultural institutions – harassment and abuse has been occurring for years, especially from superiors; due to the #metoo campaign, a number of cases of abuse came to light.
In its project, the Project Promoter wishes to promote standards of equality during artistic classes and in cultural institutions. The foundation will organize a series of six training sessions for instructors working with young people in Śląsk. The workshops will concern human rights, civic activism in artistic work, counteracting discrimination, the language of equality, creating a safe space during classes, and inclusive artistic education. At the end of the project, youth groups, including people with special needs or in minorities, will create, working with trained coaches, ten artistic events that raise the issues most important to them, related to preventing discrimination.
The project is intended for artistic class instructors (10 people) and young people attending artistic classes from Śląsk (100 people). The instructors will develop their ability to use the language of equality and to include vulnerable persons and persons at risk of discrimination in cultural activities. In turn, young people will become more sensitive regarding language and conduct that reinforces stereotypes and leads to exclusion, and will gain tools for combining creativity and activism. The cultural institutions themselves will improve their knowledge of how to incorporate an equality viewpoint into artistic activity.