The European Network of Cultural Centres invites its members, as well as all interested researchers, practitioners and socio-cultural organisations, to apply to participate in the upcoming working group dedicated to Inclusion and Accessibility in Socio-cultural Centres. Together, we will reflect on the state of the art and generate tools for socio-cultural centres as well as policy recommendations on the topic.
Download the full open call in pdf format here
, or in word format (readable by the screen reader software) here. Then, fill out the application form here
What is it about?
The ENCC believes in the principles of inclusion, diversity and the right to participation. We have been working on diversity and inclusion for many years, with a specific focus on disability. In 2019-20, we decided to highlight equality as a central topic for our network (see the Inspired by Diversity project and our commitment for equality). Starting from this, we decided to focus on socio-cultural centres and their ability to stimulate diversity, inclusion and community engagement and be catalysts of change within local communities. Cultural centres are multi-functional institutions, meaning they provide equal opportunity for both the passive and active participation of each citizen of a particular community.
The new Working Group on Inclusion and Accessibility in Socio-cultural Centres aims to be a trans-sectoral platform that will critically and openly discuss and develop tools and recommendations on the following topics:
- Reaching diverse audiences and giving visibility to different under-represented groups;
- Reviewing accessibility from a disability perspective;
- Monitoring equality and diversity;
- Identifying barriers to participation for under-represented groups;
- Reviewing equality and diversity criteria in boards and management teams;
- Analysing inclusion and accessibility policies.
Who can participate?
The call is open to representatives of the cultural and creative sectors and other relevant sectors (professional organisations, non-governmental organisations, European networks, foundations, think tanks, private organisations, etc.) with interest and relevant expertise on the topic of inclusion and accessibility in arts and culture.
How to apply?
In order to join the working group, please read the open call and then fill out the application form. Applications will be assessed by the ENCC office. If for any given reason you are not able to fill out the form, contact Sara Turra (email@example.com) or Martina Fraioli (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will contact you by phone.
The call for applications is open from May 22nd to June 6th, 2023. The working group is open and will welcome new participants throughout its duration, after reviewing their application form. If you are interested in becoming the facilitator of the working group, please let us know in the form in the dedicated question.