From 1 to 4 July META organized an innovative and participatory workshop "Co-learning, co-creation: CO-METAing! Three days for the MUS-E artists on the META experience" for 18 people including education experts, artists for education through the art of the most disadvantaged children.
The workshop took place in the beautiful and unspoiled island of Palmaria, in the Tyrrhenian Sea opposite La Spezia.
The young social enterprise MoCa Future Designers, a spin-off of the University of Florence, dealt with the logistics and facilitation of the event.
The Municipality of Porto Venere has sponsored the event and authorized the use of the premises, of the magnificent Fortress on the sea.
The objectives of the laboratory were:
- share the lessons learned from the META project and co-evaluate the experience from different points of view
- identify and evaluate the contamination and opportunities deriving from the long experience of IYMF and the MUS-E® network
- devise initiatives to give sustainability and transferability of the META project within the MUS-E® network.
But not less important ...
- Sharing art-based methods and tools that can help develop more inclusive societies
- Share emotions, thoughts and inspirations as a community of practice with common values of solidarity, inclusion and peace
- Appreciate the importance of cohabitation and co-construction of knowledge and skills in a natural environment
Among the main lessons learned we would like to report at least two:
- the arts represent a powerful mix that can unleash strong energies for the transformation of individuals, groups and nations
- adults, as well as children, learn when they activate not only their thoughts but also emotions and bodies, and not least, when they feel good, accepted and have fun.
What happened in the seminar and the results of the META project have the potential to promote a real and positive revolution in schools through the arts. The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation promoted the project through the MUS-E® network in 9 other countries where the network is based: Austria, Finland, Hungary, Kosovo, Lichtenstein, Portugal, Switzerland, Cyprus, and Israel.