10 so­cial and com­mu­nity projects se­lected for Pres­i­dent’s Award for Cre­ativ­ity

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An artis­tic project in­volv­ing a group of sur­vivors of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and their chil­dren. Young and el­derly peo­ple col­lab­o­rat­ing through a pho­to­graphic project. A project in­volv­ing teenagers from the Grand Har­bour area who tell their sto­ries through film.

These are just a few of the 10 projects which have been se­lected as ben­e­fi­cia­ries for the 2016 edi­tion of the Pres­i­dent’s Award for Cre­ativ­ity, an arts fund with a strong so­cial and com­mu­nity em­pha­sis.

The ben­e­fi­cia­ries were an­nounced dur­ing an awards cer­e­mony held at the Verdala Palace.

A to­tal of 10 projects were se­lected out of 17 ap­pli­cants. In to­tal, the projects re­ceived around €65,000 and each se­lected project re­ceived up to €6,000.

List of ben­e­fi­cia­ries 2016 Cre­ate, Lib­er­ate, In­te­grate St Jeanne An­tide Foun­da­tion

A project con­sist­ing of a num­ber of short cre­ative pro­grammes with dif­fer­ent sur­vivors of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and their chil­dren. The pro­grammes fo­cus on ex­plo­ration of one’s cre­ativ­ity and shar­ing of cre­ative skills, thus es­tab­lish­ing a safe space where par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged to con­nect for heal­ing, in­te­gra­tion and strength­en­ing of re­la­tion­ship be­tween mother and child.

YeeP!Youth and El­derly ex­plore Pho­tog­ra­phy Kopin

A project pro­mot­ing per­sonal, emo­tional, so­cial, and skill de­vel­op­ment, as well as the in­clu­sion of youth and el­derly per­sons of var­i­ous back­grounds, through the ex­plo­ration of pho­tog­ra­phy. Through the par­tic­i­pants’ lenses, au­di­ences will gain unique per­spec­tives onto the past, present, and fu­ture of Malta. The project builds on the pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ences of YEP! Young Peo­ple Ex­plore Pho­tog­ra­phy, sup­ported by the Pres­i­dent’s Award for Cre­ativ­ity 2015, now fo­cus­ing on op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­ter­gen­er­a­tional ex­change.

Drum-Line Open­ing Doors As­so­ci­a­tion

A project linked to the core tu­ition and con­tin­ued oper­a­tion of the As­so­ci­a­tion’s Mu­sic Group, that was launched in 2015.

Equal­ity in Mu­sic Down Syn­drome As­so­ci­a­tion Malta

A project in­tro­duc­ing in Malta an in­clu­sive mu­si­cal no­ta­tion sys­tem – known as fig­ure no­ta­tion – based on shapes and colours. The sys­tem makes reading of mu­sic pos­si­ble for stu­dents who may not be able to read. The method will be taught by the Di­rec­tor of the Res­on­aari Spe­cial Mu­sic Cen­tre Fin­land who is co-de­vel­oper and teacher of the said method. Through the project, the as­so­ci­a­tion as­pires to share the method with mu­sic teach­ers and per­sons with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity in Malta, en­abling wider ap­pre­ci­a­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tion in the field of mu­sic.

Shap­ing Dreams To­gether Karl Vella Foun­da­tion

A se­ries of ce­ram­ics ses­sions, tak­ing place over a year, for chil­dren aged 5–17 cop­ing with ter­mi­nal ill­ness within the fam­ily – and par­tic­u­larly the so­cial and psy­cho­log­i­cal dis­tress in­volved. The project fo­cuses on chil­dren’s nat­u­ral at­trac­tion to clay and on their abil­i­ties to be in­spired and to cre­ate.

Arani! Is­maghni! Ifhimni!GhINNI Youth Res­i­dence at Mount Carmel Hos­pi­tal

A project aimed at us­ing the­atri­cal cre­ative ex­pres­sion to help core par­tic­i­pants ex­plore their is­sues, as well as help­ing them bring out their voices, with the sup­port of a qualified drama ther­a­pist.

Beyond Sight Spero: A Training Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre for the Blind

A col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween a com­mu­nity of vis­ually im­paired per­sons and a num­ber of cre­ative pro­fes­sion­als, seek­ing to raise aware­ness about dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties and pro­mote in­te­gra­tion. The project pri­mar­ily seeks to pro­vide a ther­a­peu­tic artis­tic ex­pe­ri­ence to vis­ually im­paired per­sons who were born blind, or ac­quired blind­ness through sick­ness. The process, spread over a year, will en­cour­age Spero clients to par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­per­i­ment with var­i­ous art tech­niques. The project in­cludes ses­sions with school chil­dren, aimed at help­ing chil­dren gain un­der­stand­ing about blind per­sons and their abil­i­ties. The artis­tic works cre­ated will be ex­hib­ited at a num­ber of fes­ti­vals and venues, where the core par­tic­i­pants will share their rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ences.

Il-Habib Tieghi Will Agen­z­ija Ap­pogg

A the­atre-based project aimed at en­cour­ag­ing young peo­ple in­hab­it­ing par­tic­u­lar so­cial con­texts to use Shake­speare, his story, and his sto­ries to re­con­struct the core group’s own nar­ra­tives – which will be shared among peers. The the­atri­cal and nar­ra­tive process is aimed to serve as a learn­ing com­mu­nity and cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence in it­self. In the sec­ond phase, the par­tic­i­pants will per­form their work-in-progress in front of an au­di­ence of stu­dents and par­tic­u­lar com­mu­ni­ties.

BENG: Boldly Ex­plor­ing Nav­i­gat­ing in­Ge­nu­ity Youtheme Foun­da­tion

A project aimed at bring­ing to­gether a num­ber of young peo­ple who have dropped out from sec­ondary school, of­fer­ing them an op­por­tu­nity to make new con­tacts and learn new skills re­lated to cre­ative think­ing, prob­lem solv­ing, idea gen­er­a­tion, dig­i­tal media, re­search, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion. The work cre­ated will be dis­sem­i­nated, with a view to in­spir­ing and eas­ing in­te­gra­tion of other youth in so­ci­ety, through cre­ativ­ity and the arts.

Tfal tal-Port Film Grain Foun­da­tion

An ed­u­ca­tional out­reach project with the ob­jec­tive of de­vel­op­ing a cre­ative habit in a co­hort of teenagers from lo­cal­i­ties around the Grand Har­bour. Through in­ter­ac­tion with a num­ber of film pro­fes­sion­als, the par­tic­i­pants will be given the op­por­tu­nity to un­der­stand the dy­nam­ics of film, and to learn how they could tell their sto­ries. The teenagers will be trained and men­tored to ex­plore, de­velop, and pro­duce three orig­i­nal short doc­u­men­taries fo­cus­ing on per­ti­nent so­cial and cul­tural is­sues to be se­lected by the par­tic­i­pants. The doc­u­men­taries will be screened in var­i­ous lo­cal­i­ties sur­round­ing the har­bour, shown on lo­cal TV, and up­loaded on­line. The project is aimed at em­pow­er­ing par­tic­i­pants, by giv­ing them the con­fi­dence to ex­press them­selves and ex­pos­ing them to new ideas and pos­si­bil­i­ties – with the un­der­stand­ing that, through film, it is pos­si­ble to help erad­i­cate cul­tural and so­cial di­vides and to con­trib­ute to long-term cul­tural de­vel­op­ment.

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