Building Bridges into the Community

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Type: 
Research and Development
Main researcher: 
Carlos Ruiz, Joana Costa, Luís Teixeira
Abstract: 
Status: concluded (August 2004 -- September 2006)

Financing: Socrates -- Gruntvig 2 -- "Apprenticeship Partnerships"

Partners: Cumbria Institute of the Arts, UK (promoter); Idévärlden, Sweden; IMMA, DK

 
'Building Bridges to the Community' aimed to create and offer professional development opportunities in the media, multimedia and graphic design areas, with a European dimension. Assuming the need to actively involve adult students and other with reduced access in this domain, the network promoted effective support for the process. The specificity of the network is that it consists of small-scale educational institutions in small countries with impact in its regions.
Among all partners, this programme involved interaction with industry and employers, developing cultural and educational forces inside the participating institutions. 
 In Portugal, the target public consisted of children and adolescents who have not easy access to the new technologies and to the realisation of ambitious creative projects.
This programme aimed to create the opportunity for these young people to communicate their own reality of life to others and to themselves, supported on sophisticated conditions of personal statement and public presentation. To do that, we designed this project and committed to personal and group expression, structured by a working pedagogical methodology, and supported on the audiovisual technology we have at our disposal.

 
Results: 
CITAR Team carried out a joint project  with the institution ABC Amicci Bonni Consilli in Rio Tinto, where lived the children we worked with, and CASO -- Católica Solidária (April 2005), the university office for volunteer work.
The project consisted in a documentary video made by a group of children and adolescents about their own living context. With them, was made an overall plan for the documentary, all the footage and, in the end, they also participated in the decisions about the contents to include and its sequence. To this, the project also underwent a working visit to the university, to the technical spaces of Sound and Image.
Finally, it was organized a presentation of the documentary to the community in which participants lived.
The end result of the work done with the children and adolescent participants is a documentary that portrays their everyday life in the institution. It was their intention that this portrait would include not only the most formal and orderly face of their daily lives as also the moments of banter between them, their dilemmas in the confrontation with the outside world and the adulthood life for which they were preparing themselves. It is a poetic and sincere document from which these co-authors showed great pride in the final presentation.

Contact:
Maria Joana Cunha e Costa ( jccosta@porto.ucp.pt )

 

State: 
Finalized
Research group: 
Visual and Interactive Art
Summary: 

‘Building Bridges to the Community’ aimed to create and offer professional development opportunities in the media, multimedia and graphic design areas, with a European dimension. Assuming the need to actively involve adult students and other with reduced access in this domain, the network promoted effective support for the process. The specificity of the network is that it consists of small-scale educational institutions in small countries with impact in its regions.
08/2004 to 09/2006