Erasmus+ project

Photo credit: Studio Stoks

Since 2017, ACTA has been working with three other European organisations to disseminate observations and lessons learned from contemporary art practice for young children to early childhood professionals.

The partner organisations – Starcatchers (Scotland), 2turvenhoog (The Netherlands), and LaSala, who joined the project in 2020 (Spain) – each have many years of experience in working on issues related to the creation of art and performance for very young children.

2020 – 2023 : Awakening and education professionals in training: arts and early childhood

After a first project aimed at artists, it was time to respond to the strong demand from early childhood professionals expressed during our community projects and our European Biennal PREMIÈRES RENCONTRES.

In collaboration with the Communauté d’Agglomération Roissy Pays de France and our three European partners, a delegation of early childhood and culture professionals (from all backgrounds) from each of the partners travels to each country every three months to observe, analyse and share practices, particularly concerning young children’s artistic awakening.

Discover the different learning activities:

2017 – 2019: Artists in training: art and early childhood

The 2017 – 2019 project brought together 6 artists for 6 weeks of training of a period of 2.5 years.

Our partners

Starcatchers (Scotland)

Starcatchers is Scotland’s Arts and Early Years organisation. They believe in the transformational power of the arts to inspire Scotland’s youngest children and the adults who care for them and deliver this vision through artistic productions, community engagement projects, professional development opportunities and advocacy work.

2turvenhoog (Pays-Bas)

2turvenhoog (“2 feet high”) is a festival in Almere, the Netherlands, dedicated to creations for children from 0 to 6 years and the adults who accompany them. The artistic forms are diverse with theatre, dance, visual arts, music… all with the aim of discovery and awakening the child.

LaSala (Espagne)

LaSala is a cultural centre for creation, production and exhibition for children and families in Sabadell, in Spain.

Communauté d’Agglomération Roissy Pays de France

The CARPF has been providing valuable support since 2020, selecting four staff members from its early childhood and culture departments for each mobility, and sharing the results of the project with their network of partners.