Who are we?Utopia Art and Education Organization serve in the field of art, education, youth work, and culture. Our main idea is using non-formal education and art as effective tools for children, teachers, youth and lifelong learning programmes. By following this objective Utopia is coordinating International exchange projects, International training courses for youth, teachers, workshops, exhibitions, shows, and local festivals. Utopia’s artistic specializations are creative drama, theatre, photography, video, animation, creative handcraft, and music. Utopia believes the importance of nonformal education and lifelong learning and focus on the following topics: human rights, social exclusion, poverty, Environmental problems, cultural degeneration, democracy, children rights, children violence, children labor, children in prisons and local social other problems
Why Utopia?The lexical meaning of Utopia is “the idea or proposal impossible to come true”. Farabi, impressed by Pluton, designed a Utopic state in his work called “Medinet’ül Fâzıla”. According to him, humans should live all together by helping to each other. If it is possible for organs to work in a healthy organism in harmony, it should be so for human beings. The man who used concept of Utopia first, Thomas More also revealed a utopic country concept. In this country, there isn’t any personal property and it is forbidden. Everyone gets how much they need from what is produced. People work six hours in a day and they engage in art and science in their leisure time. Executives have a serious education process while growing up as in ideal state of Pluton.
While most intellectuals are still talking about utopic state structure, the ways to reach Utopia, needlessness of unachievable utopias or necessity of this concept; to us, Utopia is a place people live happily with love and respect without discrimination (nationality, language, religion, gender and class discrimination) and war. And we aim to reach the utopia…
The TeamIn Utopia, project coordinators, educators, and volunteers work all together. Our project coordinators design project organizations in local and international level. Our educators are the ones who study art as a master and have pedagogical content knowledge at the same time. They are also highly experienced in youth works and school education. When it comes to our volunteers, they make contribution to their own personal development by participating in our social responsibility projects.
Did you know that you can get grants from the EU Erasmus Plus Programme to attend training courses in European countries?
Utopia believes that art is a very effective tool in terms of keeping students’ interest and motivation high in educational activities. These artistic activities are very important for students’ development of emotional, social, language and psychomotor skills. These also provide permanent learning by appealing to different senses for mixed-ability children. Accordingly, under the condition that each teacher use artistic activities actively in their classes, they can both support their students to develop their artistic skills and make learning process more permanent and enjoyable. Therefore, it is essential to be an artist in some way for each teacher.
Utopia aims to show the way to use artistic activities in parallel with the curriculum appropriately through the training courses organized for school members. They can also take this kind of courses in different countries with different groups of teachers by making use of the Erasmus Plus Programme
HERE you can find how to get funding to attend our courses.
Utopia, we are not only a course provider but also do project writing support for the schools. We support the school for finding courses, writing project ( European Development Plan, Activities, Partner Finding, Planning Budget, Implementation, Technics can be applied, Follow up, Dissemination and Evaluation, etc.). Please contact us with your questions. We would be so glad to collaborate with you.
As a school, you can take part in the activities by getting grants from the Erasmus Plus program and other opportunities by developing projects for the solution of the problems in your school and quality improvement. Training courses, strategic partnerships, exchange programs are some of these opportunities.
The Programme has an overall indicative financial envelope of 14.774 billion EUR under Heading 1 and of 1.680 billion EUR under Heading 4 of the EU Budget for the seven years (2014-2020). The annual budget is adopted by the Budgetary Authority. The budget of the Erasmus + Program for 2019 was announced as 3 billion Euros by the European Commission. For more information about Erasmus plus and application process click HERE.
Kemal Erdem Coşar
DIETMAR VAN DER FORST
Trainer – Videomaker
CAROL VANESSA PAEZ
ROBERTA LUCHINI BOSCHI