Art Culture and Citizenship

International CLAP HANDS Project Event

June, 20th, 2019
Teatre de Sarriá – Barcelona

The European Union faces the most dramatic demographic downturn in history. Its sustainability depends on its capacity to attract and include populations from other parts of the world. Yet there is a generalized exclusion of 80% of its population. The community of persons with some kind of disability represent 17% of the European Union population. That is, 1 out of every 6 persons that live in the European space are considered not capable of having a professional competence. Therefore 50% of the disabled community is unemployed and 70% are in the poverty level respect the general population.

  • Learning to value what persons with disability can offer is of extreme importance. Steven Hopkins, the most brilliant brain in the world of this century, was trapped in the most disabled body- But his brain made the most important contributions to technology and the understanding of the universe. Franklin D Roosevelt, a mobility disabled person, was president of the United States in a critical period of world history. The most brilliant artists in history have been disabled: Leonardo da Vinci, Beethoven, Mozart, Munch, Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Goya, Cervantes, Helen Keller, Alicia Alonso…

37% or the European Union population that is 504M persons care and give support to this mega-community. In health care, rehabilitation programs and education. But little support is given to promote their professional capacities in order to join the work market and develop a high quality of personal and professional life.

54% of the total European population is impacted by disability. Are involved and responsible for:

  • Guiding the members of this community in their rout to be self-sustaining
  • Creating visibility and awareness to that the general population assumes an inclusive attitude towards disabled persons
  • Leveraging the untapped talent of many of the members of this community to contribute to improve the employability in the European Union, which needs to increase the active population on one side; and to improve to raise the quality of life of 80M its citizens

The CLAP HANDS ERASMUS`+ project aims at promoting the necessary social skills and technical competence to the 504M professionals and parents of person with some disability, that give support to disabled persons in order to deliver training tools that empower these persons with disabilities to develop a professional career.

The Art, Disability and Citizenship EVENT brings together experts and relevant members of the social, educationand econòmic environment to analyse the intellectual outputs developed under the CLAP HANDS project in order to publish a report that can guide professional thatcare for disabled persons as well a members of thiscommunity to include this community as equalcitizens of the European Union, and profit from the untapped talent many of them can contribute to demography sustainability of the European Union.


Fist Part

Guest invited to contribute to analyse each of the subjects

  • Group work of all attending to give their opinion based of their experiences.
  • Write their contributions in a flipchart.
    • The conclusions will be added to the Best Practice Guide as the Expert Groups Report

Convene to discuss together the session conclusions and create a report, which will be published and disseminated through the project Web as well as through the communications activities of the partners.

14:00hrs – CLAP HANDS project objectives. Intellectual outputs of the project

  • Marie Claude Esculier – project Manager

14:15hrs – hrs Best Practices in developing art as a profession – Researchresults

  • Myrtha Casanova – President Artistas Diversos
  • Cristian Rovira – Presidente Fundacion Grupo Sifu
  • Group work to analyse this subject and propose actions

14:45hrs – Social skills and Technical competencies to be developed by professional to open the way to a professional life for members of the disabled community

  • Ali Rashidi – DeanOlk universitetet
  • Pantea Saramolki – Institutional relation Olkuniversitetet
  • Group work to analyse this subject and propose actions

15:15hrs – Training 4 Change – Prepare professional that care for disabled community to turn difference into value to promote a labouractivepopulation

  • Imma Miralles – CEO FORO Técnico de Formacion
  • JoseLlorca – Presidente Fundacion Friends
  • Group work to analyse this subject and propose actions

15:45hrs – Art as a profession – From art as a therapy to art as a profession for disabled persons who have this talent which the professional career must detect, anticipate and guide its development

  • Jacques Fraisse – President Associacion Regional Montpelier
  • CorinneDucrocq Laures – CEO IRTS Montpellier
  • Group work to analyse this subject and propose actions

16:15hrs – Make visible the 80M people whose difference counts. Only through awareness, the European population as a whole will learn to respect and value this 14% of the population as main part of European Citizenship to make it stronger and more innovative.

  • Fernando Catarino – CEO
  • Paulo Ferreira – Ulusofona
  • Paulo Ferreira – Manager, Ulusofona
  • Group work to analyse this subject and propose actions

16:45hrs – Closure – Disability does not entirely disables a person. Persons with different mental or physical limitations can develop those talents and capabilities they have and turn them into a profession. The barrier to that inclusion is society in general and cultural heritage of discrimination. The European Union needs this very unique population to compensate the demographic curve and add value to a more inclusive citizenship

  • Representative of ERASMUS+ agency

17:00 – 18:00Hrs – Buffet

Second Part

18:00hrs – Presentation of the Concert. Introduction of art groups that will perform throughout the concert. Artistas and groups which will be acting. And groups and artists who will be visible in videos which will alternate with the presence performers.

  • Eva Navarrete – President of Women in Democracy and Board member of Artistas Diversos

18:15hrs – Graphics art exhibit. Painitngs, photographs and sculptures will be exhibited in thescenario. The artists will talk about their art. The paintings will remain in the scenario while the diferent scenic art groups perform. And which videos of groups from other parts of Spain and from the different countries of the partnership are shown.


  • Mercedes Losada
    • Dance, Poetry and Music
  • Video
    • Plot Point
    • Video from other country
  • Carcs Sabadell
    • Group of singers
  • Video
    • Frixcoins
    • Video from other country
  • Clams Musica
    • Singers, dancing and instruments
    • Clams Musica
    • Singers, dancing and instruments
  • Videos
    • Danza Down
    • Video from other countries

21:00hrs – Close Concert

  • Carolina Ribera – Journalism




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