I_Improve (Innovative, Informal Methodologies for Practical, River-Oriented and Versatile Education) is a cooperative European project co-funded by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
The partnership consists of 6 members from the River//Cities platform: Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Poland and Lithuania. The common framework is promoting audience engagement through culture, especially in waterfront areas. Its priorities are social inclusion, open and innovative practices in the digital area, and adult education.
The Arts broaden perspectives and encourage mutual understanding. In other words, the Arts have the ability to engage with citizens, both established and newly arrived, through cultural and creative interventions. Therefore, there is a clear demand for new and innovative practices and formats, hence requiring different competences from the staff of cultural organisations.
Cultural organisations need to join forces when facing current social challenges. Being able to share and learn from peers in the same working field throughout Europe can strengthen the professionalism of its staff members. On a European and global level strong teamwork, connecting competences, and sharing responsibilities and workload are factors that contribute to citizen education and intercultural dialogue.
Project's timeline: 01 09.2018 - 31.08.2021 - 36 moths.
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In the I_Improve platform the Italian partner, Venti di Cultura, uploads several posts, each one linked to their activity with the aim to show how the waters unite the communities they bathe, and therefore in Venice, it has dedicated itself to strengthening the community of cultural actors around the lagoon and inside the Arsenale. Those posts were on the social media as well as on the web site.
With IO2 the I improve partners want to develop a transmedia educational resource, using in the I improve parformation across several accessible Web 2.0 platforms which support a variety of media formats. Second, this IO2 platform serves as a space to document the learning process of staff members participating in the learning activity. Focusing on an informal educational approach, journal writing is introduced as a means of individual reflection and personal reflection. By using web 2.0 technology, we transform the content of individual reflection into a collaborative experience, which in turn encourages interaction between creator and audience. This IO2 transmedia platform was a result of a lot of discussion and preparations between all I improve partners. We give you an insight:
The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre (BSCC) hosted part two of River//Cities STORY WORK I_Improve dissemination event (E 11).
On 07th of July 2021 River//Cities hosted from Gdansk last transnational I_Improve EU project's online meeting.
The River // Cities Platform Foundation, based in Gdańsk, created an outdoor educational event, (part of I_Improve EU project) with activists and community leaders from the Tri-City (Trójmiasto) area in mind.
It's a new and worthy sequel to “The Forgotten Orchestra” project by the Library of Ostend
Having in mind the exceptional challenge we are all going through in this time, a new “alphabet” of change reminds us the changes we are going through. A consideration appropriate also for our I_Improve project.