'ART-is' stands for Inclusion and Self-development of adults with learning disabilities through the (performing) ARTS. This project was a partnership of nine European organisations who all work with adults with learning disabilities in the field of the performing arts but from very different perspectives: adult education, professional and amateur arts, social care work, self-advocacy, community care and community arts.
The original idea was to have two separate 'learning' circuits, one for the 'trainers/facilitators' and one for the so-called 'learners' (with a disability). Thanks to this project, we learned that this distinction is irrelevant. We are all learners, just as we are all teachers. Artists with a disability tought us a lot about art. Informally through their presence, their creativity and their authenticity, but also formally as a trainer or as a member of the steering team. The equal and close collaboration between 'trainers' and 'participants' became a key learning element of this project.
We met on seven occasions, in seven different countries and organised a wide variety of activities: workshops, meetings and opportunities to perform.
In the final report of the ART-is project you find a detailed description of the meetings, interviews with participants, evaluations of the meeting and methodological reflections. An easy-to-read summary is added. More information on the project can be found on these two websites: