Connecting Capitals: The Intersectionality** of US/Belgium Deaf Heritages and Global Citizenship will enlarge the scope of the Next Generation, Please! project to the transatlantic level at a time when the challenges confronting the world in general, and democracy in particular, are truly global.
Connecting Capitals is built around a series of workshops for a selected group of young Deaf people in the United States and another in Belgium, in partnership with Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.. The workshops will be reinforced and made tangible by virtual exchanges. The overarching focus is civic engagement and how it relates to the distinctive Deaf heritages of both groups, Belgian and American Heritage as a whole and what contemporary challenges young participants face, as engaged global citizens.
To complement these workshops, participants will take part in two in-person exchanges in order to build trust, expand on critical discourse(s) and encourage the participants to share experiences and co-create. The ultimate outcome will be an artistic co-creation. To facilitate the co-creation process and maximize impact the project includes a series of exhibitions, public events, and digital creations to share the process and the creative output, which will be featured in the Next Generation, Please! (NGP!) festival at BOZAR in late Spring 2018.
Through connecting past and present, here and there, participants will leave this project with a broader sense of what it means to be Belgian vis-à-vis the United States, and vice versa. In sum, Connecting Capitals will connect youth, build bridges, and empower our future generations at a time of profound social change in Europe and the United States.
Nota Bene : the call for participants is now closed.
* Intersectionality refers to the reality that every individual has overlapping identities that intersect to make each of us who we are; for instance, identity as a culturally Deaf person and national/ethnic identities being an American or Belgian citizen, and/or being members of other community groups. “Intersectionality” is commonly used among young deaf people in the USA to define their multiculturalism and being members of diverse groups (including and not limited to: gender, sexual orientation, ethnic backgrounds). By being inclusive of diverse identities, this experience can be communicated to the larger community.
** Our logo, designed by Deaf Chinese-American artist, Yiqiao Wang, represents the American Sign Language (ASL) sign for intersectionality.
The Communities Connecting Heritage program is a brand new initiative of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Cultural Affairs, which links cultural institutions in the United States and abroad in order to promote mutual understanding through Cultural Diplomacy. For the first year of this exciting new initiative Bozar is proud to have been selected to participate in one of just six projects focusing on tangible and intangible cultural heritage.