empowered by creativity
this project turns vulnerability into strength through the power of art
What we do
How can creativity contribute to personal development and basic skills?
In exploring this central question, we aim to instigate structural cooperation and cocreation between formal and non-formal education. Our goal is to elaborate an innovative social-artistic learning method through which we connect and strengthen each other.
We want this method to especially cater for the needs of persons threatened by undereducation, illiteracy, unemployment, poverty.
Every dream matters.
We proudly share some of the activities that students who participate in this project, worked on. Each activity leads to a product, a show, an event that grew from participant’s hearts and dreams. Is tapping into your own potential and overcoming shyness, fear and doubt something that helps you participate in todays’ society? Can it strengthen you to keep on striving for upskilling your way at school and in your daily life?
Please take a glimpse at these intermediate outputs from Art As Leverage and be sure to see it for yourself at one of our upcoming events.
19.02.2022 theatre show ‘Waar Leven I’
22.05.2022 Is printing a totebag helping us to ‘print’ our life the way we want to? In this workshop we crafted our way into expressing our own colours while creating a tangible output.
creative learning activities
We organise creative workshops Belgium and Germany, these activities develop the students’ creative competences.
The student is not a spectator, but an active maker.
We encourage them to enter into dialogue or even into conflict with the artist. In this way, we also teach them to communicate in a focused and sincere way and to express their feelings.
We measure the impact of our creative learning activities by the learner’s own appreciation of their ‘progress’. What is empowerment? What role did creativity play in this process?
The Erasmus+ project ‘Paving the way for essential skills houses’ provided us with the insight that creativity is important when it comes to developing basic skills. In this project we search for extracting a socio-artistic methodology from the practice of our learning activities.
Our learning activities take place in real life and online. It is our aim to ellaborate this website as a guide to all learning materials and curricula in a blended learning platform. By communicating on our learning path, sharing inspiring achievments and reaching out to formal and non-formal learning institutions, we aim to foster this project as an incubator for futher elaboration.
We started with a group of 9 students that expressed their motivation to participate in a photography workshop, and 5 students completed the workshop. We explored new crafts and ways of expression through photography in combination with various visual techniques at De...
In this performance, which was the output of our second theatre workshop, a new group of participants who speak a foreign language - who are also students at Ligo - got together with theatre makers Stefan Perceval and Marit Stocker to work on their stories and dreams....
In this performance, a group of 15 newcomers who speak a foreign language - who are also students at Ligo - get together with theatre makers Stefan Perceval and Marit Stocker to work on their stories and dreams. Who are they, what is in their hearts, what are their...
With a group of 8 students that expressed their motivation to participate in a photography workshop, we explored new crafts and ways of expression through photography in combination with various visual techniques at De Ruimte. Under guidance of Juan Monte, we explored...
Why we do it
It is estimated that more than 13 million children under 15 in Europe have poor reading skills. And more than 55 million adults between 15 and 65 have literacy problems. The sense of urgency is clear in Europe.
Illiteracy has consequences for the labour market and the workplace. Working on literacy in the workplace increases independence and contributes to the personal development of employees.
Low-literates have difficulty keeping up in a rapidly evolving knowledge society.
Illiteracy is also a problem when citizens come into contact with different services within a city or municipality. Especially since digitization is rapidly growing.
Post-traumatic stress and worries, which is occuring with most people who had to flee their home due to war, hinders learning. We must enable broader support for traumatised refugees, so that language acquisition and integration also run more smoothly. Creativity can play a major role in this.