Creativity, art, and culture are key in transforming public spaces and cities. Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities project brings cultural and creative spaces and local policy-makers closer through participatory processes. Together, we will tackle some of the challenges of sustainable creativity, participatory democracy, and social cohesion. We develop, test, and validate methods for civil society to engage local governments in the co-creative design of policies, as well as for governments to be open to bottom-up participation. The aim is for citizens and public authorities to co-design new policies to improve their cities.
In this project, we work with 9 other organizations under the leadership of Trans Europe Halles, a European network of non-governmental cultural centers.
Three main goals
- Explore: bring together cultural and creative spaces and local governments to explore urban challenges from the perspective of the commons, co-creation practices, and policy development.
- Learn: facilitate peer-to-peer exchanges and training of commoning practices for creative operators and policymakers.
- Disseminate: research and document the processes to make the results available publicly.
Seven Urban Labs are the core element of this project. They gather together cultural organizations, local authorities, cultural and creative spaces to explore urban challenges in collaboration with other stakeholders. Together, they commit to developing innovative solutions for bottom-up initiatives to become actors of policy-making in the sectors of art, culture, and creativity.
The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.