As Europe faces new challenges, societies across the continent are struggling through profound political and demographic changes. Through partnerships with local institutions, Artolution artists facilitate community-based public art projects that address a variety of challenges faced by local residents and promote tolerance and diversity at a time when these values are under attack.
In refugee camps in Samos, Greece and Calais, France, those displaced by various world conflicts have used art as a tool to connect with those from different– and often rival– ethnicities; those with whom they did not share the same language but, as they discovered, did share the same aspirations for education, security and economic stability for their families. In London, young people from around the world who had experienced homelessness joined together to create a giant mural raising awareness for the plight of street youth.
Through the Adding Color to Lives initiative, a partnership with Park Inn by Radisson hotels, youth in challenging circumstances across the region have bonded with positive adult roles models in their communities. Together, the youth and hotel staff designed and painted their own large-scale murals, exploring important issues in their lives while forming positive relationships that led to internships, mentorships and employment opportunities.
Artolution has facilitated such projects with youth in a drug rehabilitation center in Estonia, group homes in Poland, those with learning disabilities in the UK, and young refugees and immigrants in Germany, Belgium and Sweden. We look forward to continuing these important initiatives and are working to organize sustainable, long-term programming with local artists across the region. Thanks to our partners: Street Child United, Park Inn by Radisson.