Professional development

INSART Manual - Youth integration through art and interculturality

Art as resource and a tool for personal development
The socio-economic integration of young people from Europe remains one of the greatest challenges of this current time (in January 2016 the unemployment rate among young people under 25 years old in the European Union was 19.8 %, compared with 7.8% of unemployment people aged between 25 and 74 – according Eurostat). On the basis of the results of the INSART project, this manual shows how an artistic journey and an intercultural approach can contribute to the integration of young people in different way from more classical methods of integration.
Thanks to the INSART project, financed by the European Commission as part of the Grundtvig programme of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme, approximately fifty-six European young people from migrant backgrounds were able to participate in artistic workshops in four European countries (France, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy).
The artistic practice allowed young participants to: understand more about their internal resources develop their self-confidence and acquire new skills, which are useful in job search.
This manual provides an overview of this innovative methodology. The basis of which is a specific artistic theory (that of “Real path/ Imaginary path” and “The active principles of art”, see Section 2). This theory was used during the artistic workshops, each using a different form of art: photography, dance, visual art and theatre. Through case studies, Section 3 illustrates these workshops as well as the outcomes for the young participants and the artist-facilitators. All the workshops are divided into different phases: there is firstly the creation of the group, then the interpretation using the different art form “The active principles of art”, followed by the public presentation and finally the evaluation. These phases are described in concrete form as resources for trainers in Section 4 – Trainer’s guide. Finally, the main documents which were used for workshops and bibliographical references are included in the last section of the manual (Section 5).

This manual aims to spread the INSART methodology across Europe. It is a source of inspiration of training for potential trainers, organisers, educators and artists who focus on working with underprivileged young people, who would like to apply the principles of this guide to support their integration.
The manual is available in several languages (French, English, German, Italian) and can be freely download on the website of the project:

Target group

Training for teachers and facilitators in 2nd chance education

Training topics
  • How to develop student´s self reflecting abilities
  • How to encourage and promote collaboration and cooperation within the group
  • How to enhance your own mentoring and guidance counseling skills
  • How to stimulate student´s creativity
  • Other
  • Support for the development of teaching, education and classroom management

Continuous e.g. online resources

30 August 2016


Rosina Ndukwe,