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ViSAS – Virtual Social Art Stage

Keywords: social inequality, social inclusion, youth education, digital inclusion, art, digitization

Project duration: 01.04.2021 - 31.03.2023

Logo visas. In implied pixelated black letters "visas". The A is designed in blue, pink and orange. Below it in English in orange letters "Virtual Social Art Stage".
Flag of the EU. Next to it blue lettering: "Financed by the European Union".

European Union - Erasmus+ YOUTH IN ACTION

ViSAS pursues the aim of a transformation of artistic methods of youth work into the digital space on a European level. The transfer is intended to make youth work in Europe sustainable and innovative.

The current Covid19 pandemic is intensifying the social and economic challenges in Europe.  In regard to the current restrictions, this is equally important and operationally challenging in youth work. Against this background, possibilities and ways of activating the upcoming generation are being sought. ViSAS aims at a sustainable and innovative youth work in Europe and strives for a transformation of artistic methods into the digital space. This, of course, also addresses the post-pandemic period, as the shift of artistic methods into the digital space seems urgent even without the Covid19 pandemic.

In order to achieve this goal, a virtual space is created, which, together with ideas and concepts of its use in youth work as well as scientifically proven effects, enables an innovative approach of hybrid artistic youth work. The approach is intended to strengthen the creativity and creative ability of the target group, to promote social inclusion and to enable a new continuity in European youth work. Across national borders, it keeps young people actively connected, promotes democratic awareness, intercultural competence, and encourages responsibility and self-determination. The European dimension and effectiveness of the educational approach "Social Art" that we represent can thus grow and involve both young people of all partner countries, including students of the TU Dortmund, and professionals in a development process.

European partners from four countries have set themselves the goal of using ViSAS to awaken the intrinsic potential of young people on a broad scale, taking into account European ideas and values such as networking, solidarity and transnational cultural exchange, while at the same time promoting the urgently needed transformation of artistic methods into the digital space. ViSAS is to serve by the implementation in a broad user and multiplier circle to face highly topical challenges in the European youth work, which arise from the ongoing Covid19 pandemic, overall social developments as well as the digital transformation, in order to master them together. 

The planned results include a "playbook" that will serve other institutions and practitioners as a guide to action for their own creation of a virtual space to be used artistically, by giving ideas for the implementation of hybrid artistic youth work and vividly conveying our concept for it. In addition, a digital platform in the form of a virtual space will be developed in which young people can be artistically active, present their results and get in touch with each other. This will be released for use as a field-tested prototype. The scientific monitoring by sfs will especially address the effects of hybrid youth work and discuss the question of the digitalizability of artistic work. 

The partner institutions will integrate the approach into their daily work with young people and it will be freely available to interested parties. In a series of multiplier events, in addition to the presentation of the products by the partners, the virtual space will be demonstrated by the young people and can be tried out practically by the guests.

In the consortium, experts from the youth education and art/culture sectors, researchers and e-learning developers, and the target group of partially disadvantaged young people come together in successive activities to achieve the project goal and disseminate the results. Cross-national (online) project meetings enable an intensive and concentrated form of European cooperation in the course of the project.

Two thematically consecutive short-term training courses for professionals create the joint development of the necessary competencies in relation to the hybrid form of youth work to be developed. Principles of artistic youth work and digital competence are trained and prepare the staff directly for the implementation of the two Blended Mobilities with the target group. In these, the young people work cross-nationally on the performative realization of a play, in the digital space as well as at 2 real meetings in Spain and Italy. The two blended mobilities thus simultaneously serve as a moment of participation for the young people in the development of the project results and as a test of a hybrid format of youth work in which virtual and analog activities are combined in an enriching way.

In the course of the preparation of the project results, the results from cross-national project meetings, trainings and blended mobilities will be reviewed again and again in order to utilize the feedback from the practical work. In the scientific monitoring and evaluation by sfs, a mixed-method approach will be used, including interviews, questionnaires and participant observation.

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Location & approach

Exit 13 (Kreuz Dortmund Nord-Ost), direction Derne/Schwerte (B236), 1st exit direction Dortmund-Eving, next traffic lights turn right (Kemminghauser Str.), after 2.7km turn left (Evinger Str./B 54), after 1.1km traffic lights turn left (Deutsche Straße), after 500m on the left is the Evinger Platz.

From the Bundesstraße 1 (extension A40 or A44) to the intersection B1/B236 direction Lünen, 3rd exit direction Dortmund-Eving.

Exit Dortmund Hafen, turn left until the intersection Münsterstraße (B54), direction Eving, after about three kilometers turn into Deutsche Straße.

You can download an enlarged general map here

From Dortmund Airport, it takes just about 20 minutes to get to Dortmund Central Station by AirportExpress and from there to the university by subway (U-Bahn) 41. The stop is "Zeche Minister Stein". A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station. From there, you can get directly to Dortmund Central Station.

From Dortmund Central Station, take the U 41 light rail (direction Brambauer / Brechten). The stop is "Zeche Minister Stein". The Minister Stein Center is located on the right in the direction of travel of the streetcar.

You can find an overview map here.