WHAT DO WE DO? HOW DO WE DO IT? AND WHY?
These are three most common questions that people ask us. In a conversation with friends, around the dinner table with family, during presentations… It is normal, it happens because people care and are curious. When it comes to us, to our work at NOMADWAYS, we believe that youth work is an important piece on the social pyramid. Therefore it is important that anyone who asks gets an answer and feels like they understand what we do, how and why! So family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances and everyone else, here is our answer. We deeply hope you understand it and above that you will join us in this venture.
WHAT DO WE DO?
We develop art-making workshops in collaboration with artists, social activists, researchers, pedagogs and youth workers from a variety of cultures and disciplines. Our workshops give them a chance to explore and exploit artistic, social and pedagogical ideas, theories, methods, tools and practices together. We blend artistic disciplines and styles, combine intense performing action with philosophical, anthropological and social engagement. In doing so, we inspire learning, creativity and social engagement.
The educational component is central to our projects. Our members and participants often hosts workshops, hold lectures and make public performances at various public venues and arts festivals as a result of taking part in our activities. Through art making and dialogue, we invite everyone to question their ideas and positions and cultivate lifelong learning!
HOW DO WE DO IT?
By developing social and artistic projects, bringing together youth workers, artists and young leaders and providing them with a space to share their experiences and expertise in the field of using art based methods in youth work, we encourage our participants to develop concrete strategies on how to ensure that this kind of activities have a long lasting and sustainable impact on their target groups, understood both as young people at risk of social exclusion as well as the communities they are and want to be integrated into.
Working with groups of youth at risk is a very sensitive topic that requires especially careful approaches and methods which can provide a safe space for people to express their problems and needs without a fear of being judged or misunderstood. In vast majority of cases people from socially vulnerable groups are facing various challenges in their daily lives, hence there is a great need to give them an opportunity to express the emotions they are experiencing and at the same time to encourage them to focus on finding positive solutions.
Arts humanize us – we feel and think things we would not otherwise have felt or thought. It has the potential for transformation and change, and it elicits that most sophisticated and necessary of human emotions: empathy. Arts, culture and cultural heritage therefore have a huge potential to inspire people’s personal and social development in many ways. Creative activities are a powerful tool that can help participants discover their inner potential and increase their level of self-awareness. For example, methods based on theater or circus are often perceived as an effective way to support individuals and groups struggling with problems, helping them expressing, understanding and overcoming their emotions.
AND WHY DO WE DO ALL THIS?
Nomadways believes in active and participatory people who aren’t afraid to learn, build and create meaning from exchanging ideas and artistic tools. Because we are persuaded of the global benefit of building a common European identity and cultural heritage, to help us reflecting upon and questioning our practices, for which arts can certainly contribute enormously, Nomadways is committed to developing pedagogical projects, involving young people and youth workers in and out of Europe! This is our brick to the European and human edifice!