From May 2014 up to now, the association has already completed daily courses as part of its art project at an asylum-home in Düsseldorf. A total of 2500 children and youths together with their parents took part in them.
Name of the project:The Art that WELCOMES Refugee Children!
Aim of the project: All refugee children arriving here have been through a horrific ordeal and they are mostly heavily traumatised. In order to provide a degree of carefree normality to those children and youths and to extend a warm WELCOME to them, we think playfully and actively engaging with art is an indispensable approach to coming to terms with their traumas.
Key beneficiaries: Our activities are specifically targeted at children and youths between the age of 14 and 18. However, we have noticed that parents develop an increasing interest in a project course as it progresses and so they too love to become involved and to participate in our creative activities.
On a daily basis, we offer to the participants opportunities of engaging themselves in artistic and creative activities directly at their accommodation. Luckily, there is a room at our disposal and - weather permitting - we can also make use of an open-air site.
Outline: In the first place, creating something means freedom. ART OVERCOMES FEAR. It’s the free exchange between artists and children that helps them to find an expression of their problems. To be sure, we specify a thematic framework but the participants are encouraged to decide themselves how to approach the issues within that framework. As a matter of principle we purposely do not take any artistic experience for granted and absolutely no other requirements apply at all. We aim at developing and strengthening competencies as follow:
Self-competency: We focus on overcoming the fear of entering unknown or buried mental territories and thus we encourage the children to face their own wishes, anxieties and traumas. In art, there is no "correct" or straightforward solution to a problem; instead we encourage all children to find their own individual way into their inner self and then to find an artistic expression for that - thus strengthening their self-determination. They become aware that several different attempts are often necessary in order to succeed and they also learn