EUrArt is a working group seeking to transcend national boundaries with art in order to make European art more inclusive and representative.
Given the current superdiverse background of Europe, its art needs to both acknowledge and represent the diversity of artists regarding their different origins, genders, religions and lifestyles. Therefore, instead of looking at the arts from elitist national framework, this working group extends the paradigm of European art to all sections of society. Only by including overlooked artists can the true universality of art and its ability to bridge societies be acknowledged.
You can download the working group proposal here.
Cindy is the 2017-2018 EST Editor-in-Chief and currently finalizes her Bachelor in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics at the University of Amsterdam. She was born in the Netherlands, raised in Africa and Germany, lived in the United States and returned to the Netherlands for her studies. Due to her multicultural and interdisciplinary background, Cindy is specifically interested in the role of the EU as a vital international player and its influence on regional politics in the Middle East. On a European scale, one of her main concerns is the current rise of xenophobia, which she also expresses through her art. This passion for the arts and social justice in Europe has led Cindy to co-found the working group EUrArt. With this project she hopes to put a more diverse spin on the art paradigm of Europe for more representation both regarding artists and art forms.
Whether you are an art enthusiast, artist, or simply have an opinion you would like to voice, feel free to contact Cindy via email@example.com.
Chaima has completed a minor in Middle Eastern studies and studies Cultural Heritage at the moment. She is interested in decolonization, inclusion and diversity in Europe. After her bachelor degree, she wants to specialize in diversity and heritage, specifically in the Middle East. Outside of university Chaima is a board member of the ‘Nakba museum: Palestinian center for culture, history and education’, a project member of the exhibition ’50 years migration from Morocco’ from EMCEMO, and is working as a mentor at the Tropical Museum.
Chaima is a co-founder of EUrArt and is currently trying to master the Arabic language and cooking.
Mia was born in Germany, but grew up mostly in the United States and later studied at a fine arts conservatory. Afterward, she moved to Amsterdam where she is currently pursuing a degree at the University of Amsterdam Law School. Craving a creative outlet and understanding the importance of art as a form of expression and human connection, Mia joined the research group in the hope of learning moreabout Europe’s dynamic art scene and helping to give a voice to the artists pushed aside by the mainstream.
Stefania is a member of the UNESCO Youth Committee (Italy) and is leading the UNESCO-Edu project, a national training program for high schools. This project collaborates with EDUU, a program for education and cultural heritage enhancement in Iraq. For this last project she joined a mission to Iraq in January 2018 as part of the panel for the conference “Community building initiatives for cultural heritage enhancement”.
As a former Program Development Intern at the United Nations Human Settlements Program in New York HQ, Stefania is engaged in fostering the successful implementation of the recently-established Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030) in communities world-wide.
Adam obtained his Master of Arts degree from Universiteit Utrecht in Art and Society. He is also holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Fine Art, Anthropology, and Art History. The research topics Adam focuses on include creative cities and arts activism. His project with EUrArt asks how social activism and creative interventions challenges social identity, public dialogue, and political discourse. Furthermore, what policies should be in place to enhance the these democratic and participatory experiences.
As of Spring 2018 he was accepted into Winchester School of Art for his Ph.D research into creative city development.
Isabella is an Italian bachelor student of European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She is majoring in European law and has a particular interest in Cultural Heritage law. Thus she considers EUrArt as the best opportunity to research on the topic and exchange with other members ideas and concerns. After her graduation she plans to further deepen her knowledge in law as her goal for the future is to work in a legal-international environment dealing with culture-related matters.
Despoina practices law in Athens, Greece. She holds both an LL.B. and LL.M in specialized public law from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and an LL.M. in specialized public law from the University Montesquieu – Bordeaux IV in France. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in public law specializing in the right to education in relation to system of Government. Besides, she is an eight times nationwide distinguished poet. As a EUrArt researcher, she contemplates the enjoyment of the freedom of art as a positive obligation of the States and the EU.