The two-year project STAR aims to build a network of towns with a common strategy to promote social inclusion, to foster intercultural dialogue and to reduce marginalization of depressed and abandoned areas of European cities through street art.
The project Involves 14 countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Germany, the Netherlands. The project is funded by the European Union and made by ALDA (European Association for Local Democracy).
The project's Target Groups are: citizens, youth, NGOs, culture, art, and tourism organizations.
The main objectives of the 'STAR' are:
to increase solidarity and citizens' participation at a Union level
to promote opportunities for societal and intercultural engagement
to decrease stigmatization of migrants and minority groups
to connect people from different cultures
to use street art as a tool for rehabilitation of depressed and abandoned areas
The project has International and local activities.
The 4 international events will take place in Italy (Arcugnano, July 2021), Portugal (Lisbon, October 2021), Kosovo (Peja, April 2022) and the Netherlands (Amsterdam, May 2022). These events are meant to build a network among European cities and share the best practices on the use of street art for the regeneration of marginalized urban areas and increasing citizens' participation.
There are also 3 local paths, that will be organized to involve citizens and schools in street art murals design, and in expressing opinions about the project themes and activities. These paths are aimed at increasing social inclusion and active citizens' participation, promotion of non-formal education, and raising awareness about ethical themes of the project.
PARTNERS of the project: The Municipality of Amsterdam, Street Art Museum Amsterdam (The Netherlands), ALDA (France), Municipality of Arcugnano (Italy), Municipality of Reggio Emilia (Italy), Municipality of Lisbon, ClubeInternational (Portugal), Municipality of Peja (Kosovo), Municipality of Trebnje (Slovenia), Municipality of Zajecar (Serbia), Municipality of Bydgoszcz (Poland), Municipality of Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Municipality of Pārgauja (Latvia), Municipality of Vlore (Albania), Municipality of Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Municipality of Primaria Mioveni (Romania).