The project in summary

Development and implementation of music and artistic workshops in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The project in detail

Introduce and use the power of music in refugee camps and asylum centers to allow minors, accompanied and unaccompanied, to start a post-traumatic resilience process, transcend cultural and language barriers and facilitate their integration among the local communities in which they are now located.

Beneficiaries during the duration of the project

  • Approximately 2’000 minors on the move (4-18 years) and Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (14-18 years) located inside the Refugee Sites in Una-Sana and Tuzla Cantons, and the Sarajevo Region; Bosnian pupils (6-14 years) from elementary and secondary schools of Una-Sana Canton, and/or participating in the art-education programs developed by War Childhood Museum Sarajevo and Superar BiH;
  • 4-6 Bosnian musicians, teachers, educators and social workers trained to join the music workshops developed by the mobile music unit “Music Bus 2”.

In 2018-2019, Musicians Without Borders (MWB), also with Alta Mane support, designed and implemented the new curriculum Welcome Notes Europe, starting to transfer it to young musicians and local teachers (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Greece and Italy), and       consolidated important partnerships with organizations operating on the ground, with the aim of integrating the Curriculum into their various migration emergency programs. In 2022, MWB intends to focus its intervention primarily in Bosnia-Herzegovina by collaborating with two Bosnian arts organizations – War Childhood Museum Sarajevo and Superar BiH  – and, to this end, between February-July 2022, has developed the following activities:

  • activated the mobile music unit “Music Bus 2” (composed of 2 Workshop Music Leaders and 2 assistants) which organized 48 music workshops, inside the Usivak Refugee Site (Sarajevo Region) and the Daily Center Puz (Tuzla Canton), reaching 362 minors and youth on the move (4-21+ years);
  • organized 4 music and artistic participatory workshops, run by Superar BiH inside the Usivak Refugee Site, reaching 40 minors and youth on the move (4-21+ years);
  • organized 5 visual arts workshops, run by War Childhood Museum Sarajevo inside the Usivak Refugee Site, reaching 41 minors and youth on the move and UASC (4-21+ years);
  • coordinated an online meeting between 5 trainers and the curriculum developers to modelize a common methodological arts-based approach to consolidate the current Curriculum of the three organizations and guarantee the self-sustainability and replicability of the program in other migration and emergency contexts in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

In 2023, MWB has a twofold objective: to consolidate, on the one hand, the different activities activated in 2022 (music and artistic workshops for minors and youth on the move and in situations of extreme social vulnerability), and to extend, on the other hand, the reach of the participatory collaboration with Superar BiH and War Childhood Museum Sarajevo, through the modelization of an integrated training program intended to musicians, artistic educators, social workers and teachers already operating in BiH and in migration contexts.