stART is a fellowship and training program for Greek graduates seeking an advanced level of qualification in international cultural management. The program supports up-and-coming cultural managers who wish to start youth culture initiatives in their local communities. The aim of stART is to promote individual initiative among young people in Europe.
Since fall 2015 up to 30 fellows have the opportunity to take part in two weeks of advanced training and four weeks of job shadowing in Germany. Having successfully completed the capacity building program they will be awarded a certificate of participation and are eligible to apply for a six month fellowship in Greece. During this second phase of stART up to 12 fellows have the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired by launching a youth cultural initiative in their local area. In doing so they should actively engage young people and seek to collaborate with local cultural institutions and initiatives. A basic project budget will be provided through stART. Towards the end of their six month fellowship in May 2016 a closing festival in Greece will provide the cultural managers with a platform which will enable them to present their projects to the public and possible future sponsors.
stART is a program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung conducted in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki and the Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren e.V. (German Network of Community Art Centres).