From July 28 to August 1 2022, coordinators and urban artists, who are also professionals in the field of youth, that took part in project activities, travelled to New York (United States) for the Final Conference/Meeting of the project.
The main objectives of this last international activity were:
─To evaluate the project, its activities and the achievement of results among project organisations;
─To present the project and its results to local population, promoting the reflection on the inclusion of migrants through urban art;
─To specify activities for the monitoring and sustainability of the project;
─To reflect on the future of our partnership.
The activity starts with an internal meeting among project organisations where we reflected on all activities that have been carried out and the implementation of the project in each country. All participants presented the knowledge and learning acquired by the organisation thanks to the participation in this project, how they are using the new acquired and/or improved competences, the benefits the organisation received/had thanks to the project and the competences that direct participants affirm to have acquired and/or improved.
The next day, we could know more in details the history of hip hop and we visited relevant places in a tour where we could meet with local artists and people from all over the world. Participants had also the opportunity to see the location, at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, in the Bronx, that is now considered the birthplace of hip hop.
On July 31, after presenting the project, its activities and main results, promoting the reflection on the inclusion of migrants, free workshops connected with the project topics have been offered by international participants to local children and young people. Firstly, all participants took part in a dance/breaking workshop where facilitators supported the reflection on the importance of the recognition and respect of the others and educated in values. Afterwards, participants brainstormed on the concept of inclusion and, after clarifying some of the concepts that show up, they were divided in two small groups for the next activities: a rap workshop and a graffiti workshop. During the afternoon, a dance event took place with two different contests: a 1 vs 1 breaking battle and a 2 vs 2 inclusive allstyles battle where participants randomly chose the country of the traditional/popular music they had to dance to. Besides that, the dancing pairs had to come from two different countries to promote the mutual collaboration, the intercultural exchange and the creation of new ties among participants. During the event, the public was impressed on how we can work different social concepts on a funny and participatory way that can be easily understandable by children and young people.