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ForwArt explores how culture can become an agent for social transformation. It creates a cultural ecosystem in North Tilburg to help youth express the intrinsic culture inherent in them and thus built up subjective well-being. Supported by more responsive public services it works on the expressed challenges toturn the tide of criminal undermining in the area. ForwArt offers youth at risk wider perspectives, positive role models and alternative pathways than those leading to criminality; it aims to explore, discover, engage, develop, support & exhibit talent from the fringes of society, while their statuses shift from outcasts to role models.

ForwArt also creates permanent art expressions, to make the urban texture welcoming and open for individual expressions of culture and identity. Reflecting the identity of people living in North Tilburg, art could become an everyday experience for them. Various art products will be co-created (mountable sculptures, murals, graffiti, internal corridor designs) to which people can easily relate.

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Tilburg, The Netherlands Small sized cities (50k > 250k)
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Urban Innovative Actions

The Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) is a European Union initiative that provided funding to urban areas across Europe to test new and unproven solutions to urban challenges. The initiative had a total ERDF budget of €372 million for 2014-2020.

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