EN RESiDÈNCiA, espais___c, Tot Dansa and Escena Pilot aim to strengthen the link between artistic creation and the city's educational centres.
It is increasingly evident that the cultural context of children has an impact on their personal and social development and that the relationship between Culture and Education is, therefore, essential to reverse the inequality of educational opportunities. This is why, for some years now, different programmes promoted by Barcelona City Council, the Barcelona Education Consortium and other agents in the sector have been strengthening the link between artistic creation and the city's educational centres. EN RESiDÈNCIA, Tot Dansa, Escena Pilot and espais___c promote cultural activity taking place in schools, making them true centres of culture and artistic creation.
This year EN RESiDÈNCiA will celebrate its 14th edition. It will begin on 4 October and will involve 26 schools from seven districts of the city. The programme is led by the Institut de Cultura de Barcelona (ICUB) and the Barcelona Education Consortium and proposes a shared workspace for artists, students and teachers from the city's public secondary schools. Over the course of 10 months, creators from different fields, such as visual arts, scenic creation, poetry and music, develop a process of artistic creation together with students, teachers and mediation teams. This connection takes place from ideation to public presentation, whereby the students become active subjects in the whole process. Two new mediation teams have been incorporated this year: the Centre de les Arts Lliures de la Fundació Joan Brossa and Fabra i Coats: Fàbrica de Creació.
In espais___c, a programme also led by the ICUB and the Barcelona Education Consortium, the artists carry out a year-long residency at the school, which also makes a space (studio/workshop) available to them seven days a week, 24 hours a day, where their residency is located. The eighth edition of this programme will have twice as many participants as last year, from three to six schools.
Tot Dansa is an educational project in the city that promotes cohesion and integration through the language of movement and contemporary dance. It is aimed at secondary school students in Barcelona and aims to generate and consolidate links to bring students closer to the process of artistic creation in all its phases. This year, due to the size and structure of the programme, the artistic direction has been entrusted to a team of two people. The call for entries for the artistic direction competition closes on Thursday, 29 September. It is expected that 220 students and 22 teachers from 11 public high schools in Barcelona will take part in the Tot Dansa programme.
Last but not least, Escena Pilot, promoted by the ICUB and the Teatre Lliure, celebrates its fourth edition. The programme was created to provide teenage students with a theatrical experience of collective creation in a professional environment. The artistic direction will be by Carla Rovira Pitarch, and 110 young people and 13 teachers from five public high schools will take part. The project wants to x-ray the city of Barcelona based on the experiences and stories of the pupils, with a research process on the visible and invisible spaces of the neighbourhoods where the participating schools are located. Through their discoveries, they will generate a dramaturgy about urban space and the life that happens there, which will be presented at the Teatre Lliure.