The N.E.W. SCHOOL is an international educational program carried out in Warsaw for creative individuals and collectives operating in the field of grass-root culture and activism who recruit themselves from, or collaborate with, communities at risk of exclusion: migrants, refugees, LGBTQ+ persons, deaf and homeless persons. The N.E.W. School aims at creating a space for transmission of values and know-how regarding cultural and activist practices oriented towards effective transformation of social and political realities and strengthening communities under political pressure.
The N.E.W. SCHOOL is carried out by a coalition of five organizations dealing with counteracting social exclusion with the use of cultural and activist tools: Krytyka Polityczna, KEM Foundation, Strefa Wolnosłowa Foundation, Automatophone Foundation, WIDOK Visual Culture Foundation, with invited international guests.
The N.E.W. SCHOOL is a space where young people participate in artistic, activist and educational processes guided by tutors through workshops and seminars in five educational streams: 1)The Open Institute addressed to migrants and refugees residing in Poland or culture makers of a Polish background who want to work with migrant and refugee communities; 2)Experimental Educational Platform addressed to people associated with the queer environment and culture; 3)The Symphony of the Big City addressed to deaf people and homeless people with tools of music community-building capacities, or individuals who want to work with these communities; 4)The Third View addressed to students who wish to acquire the competence to critically analyse cultural imaginary regarding issues such as blackness, social class, homosexuality and other identifications associated with the processes of exclusion; 5)Generation Change addressed to young activists operating in the areas of civil rights, with particular emphasis on anti-racism, women’s rights and protection of sexual minorities, in the areas of ecology, the right to the city and the right to culture.
The N.E.W. School uses interdisciplinary tools to combine cultural, social and critical reflection approaches, the experience of community art, engaged choreography, political and community theatre and music, horizontal forms of organization of the social and political progress in order to contribute to the development of democratic, civic and emancipatory values through autonomous, participatory education.
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