This project is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
What is ARTIS (Art for social inclusion)?
ARTIS is a cooperation project between France (Occitania) and Catalonia, sponsored by the Catalan Ministry of Culture within the framework of the POCTEFA European territorial cooperation programme.
• The main aim of ARTIS is to offer a response to the challenges of inclusion and accessibility at cultural facilities located in the cross-border territory (Occitania and Catalonia) through the creation of specific programmes directed at those groups most at risk of exclusion for social or health-related reasons.
• ARTIS aspires to act as a vehicle in fostering social cohesion by boosting the participation of more vulnerable groups of citizens in cultural activities.
Who is part of ARTIS?
The project partners:
• Catalan partners:
- Departament de Cultura (Catalan Ministry of Culture), at the head
- Agència Catalana de Patrimoni Cultural (Catalan Agency for Cultural Heritage)
- L’Auditori de Barcelona
- Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (Catalonia National Art Museum)
• French partners:
- Conseil départemental des Pyrénées Orientales (General Council of the Eastern Pyrenees)
- Hyacinthe Rigaud Art Museum
- Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse (Toulouse Capitol National Orchestra)
ARTIS. The POCTEFA programme
The POCTEFA programme is based on five strategic axes, aimed at fostering sustainable development in the cross-border territory.
ARTIS comes under the framework of the following axes and objectives of the POCTEFA programme:
• To reinforce skills and inclusion in the territories (Axis 5).
• To improve access to social, health-related and cultural services (Investment priority 9).
• To improve access to services (Strategic objective 10).
1.To share information about the actions and good practices developed in each territory/area, with a view to facilitating exchanges of training and knowledge among the participating bodies and agents in order to establish a shared strategic framework and network for exchanges and collaboration among professionals.
2.To draw up a cross-border plan of action by the partners and the design of common programmes in the field of accessibility and inclusion, aimed at those groups most at risk of exclusion for social or health-related reasons, based on previous diagnostic action.
3.The implementation of the road map. Possible actions:
The preparation and training of cultural agents: cultural mediation with third-sector bodies, training activities for cultural centres, professional workshops.
Actions aimed at people at risk of social exclusion for socioeconomic reasons : projects in high-complexity schools in order to bring them into closer contact with cultural resources (through shows, access to heritage and workshops in music and drama).
Actions aimed at people at risk of social exclusion for health-related reasons:
•Actions in museums and scenic art centres:
- For people with visual impairments (sound beacons, audio descriptions, material in Braille, the design of touch tours using gloves, easy-to-read materials, accessible exhibitions etc.).
- For people with impaired hearing (tours in sign language, audio guides, the installation or review of hearing loops, subtitles etc.).
- The introduction of self-diagnostic tools and the measurement of accessibility at centres (using digital apps so that improvements to their accessibility can be defined for subsequent implementation).
•Actions at scenic art centres:
- For people with cognitive impairments (the adaptation of facilities to include chill-out areas, sensory backpacks, specific activities for people with degenerative problems or intellectual disabilities).
- For people with functional diversity (the extension of areas for people in wheelchairs)
•Follow-up of the results and the adaptation of methods and procedures to ICT at the cultural centres (tablets, virtual reality experiences, virtual tours, etc.) to improve access to heritage.
Funding of the ARTIS project
•The ARTIS project has a total budget of €1,095,604
•The POCTEFA programme, with funding from the ERDF, co-finances 65% of the total budget: €712,143