Report: ‘Cultural activities, european perspectives and target groups’. A series of EuroVision Lab. activities of UPEC-ESPE in close cooperation with ‘La FRAAP’ comes to its end.

This activity implements the concepts and the tools of the EMEE programme. We develop cultural activities in the frame of a partnership between EMEE, UPEC-ESPE and our cultural partner ‘La FRAAP’ (Fédération des réseaux et associations d’artistes plasticiens – http://www.fraap.org).
‘La FRAAP’ is a federation that brings together networks, associations and non-governmental organization of visual artists around the common goal of a better professional structuration of this sector of activity.
Those associations are frequently underestimated despite the remarkable work they perform and the networking they provide to the entire sector of contemporary art.
Even if they can have different sizes and activities, some characteristics can be distinguished:
– They are managed by artists who work together towards a real implantation of contemporary art in their territories.
– They embody the success of collective and organized work to invent and reinvent original ways to produce and show visual arts
– With all their teams (employees and volunteers), they structure and professionalize new places to show art, new ways of creating and in this way provide a constant help to the artists and to the creation in all its diversity.
– Their main activities are: organisation of events and exhibitions; organisation of symposium, debates and meetings; publishing (catalogues, brochures, artists books, CD rom…); organisation of working groups, classes, training courses; cultural projects coordination; artists-in-residence programs; school presentations; legal aids for the artist.

Because these cultural structures develop their projects in partnership with local institutions:
– they often take different kind of public into account, they are familiar with the issue of the ‘non visitors’ and they are interested to find good approaches about that;
– they develop networks with other cultural structures, as museums or structures that help people facing difficulties

That’s why ‘La FRAAP’ is a good partner for us because we can test different projects with some of their members and then disseminate the EMEE resources to the others. ‘La FRAAP’ has more than 160 members throughout the country that work with large towns and small villages in the country. They can reach targeted audiences that do not have cultural resources in their immediate proximity.
The new point for them concerns the idea of ‘shared european culture’ and we had to develop especially this aspect in order to give them new tools.


Our activity has been organized in different steps:
– Step 1 (12èmes Rencontres de la Fraap à Strasbourg, les 27 et 28 mai 2014): first workshop and presentation of the EMEE project to federation members and to the Cultural Ministry officials, its objectives, its challenges, and its activities. We emphasize the importance of the European culture and the issue of the non-visitors. We decided to develop a internal workgroup about this. Contribution of knowledge, debates.
– Step2 (UPEC-ESPE/ FRAAP; October 2014/ May 2015): first meetings with the interested structures. The main goal concerns the presentation of the activity 21 and the implementation of brainstorming in order to look for new ideas of projects for the Lab. The cultural structures interested to develop an activity are Art-Exprim, Association 379, Espace 36, H du siege and Travesias. Personal meetings, emails, phone.
– Step 3 (13èmes Rencontres de la Fraap à Reims, les 5 et 6 juin 2015): meeting of the working group to present the projects.
– Step 4: (UPEC-ESPE/ FRAAP; September 2015/ December 2015): we finalize the projects with Art-exprim and Espace 36. The other structures are interested but they abandon the project because they do not have enough money, or they do not have museum partner. Personal meetings, emails, phone.
– Step 5: Workshop 4.2 at the premises of Art-exprim, (January 18 2016): how to develop artistic partnership in order to enrich historical exhibitions with artistic perspectives and artistic mediation tools? With the presentation of the projects proposed by Espace 36 and Art-Exprim.