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The Next Generation Programme

'The Next Generation’[1] programme of the Prince Claus Fund is a 3-year programme (2018 – 2020), designed to work with and for young people (now aged 15 - 30) worldwide through arts and culture[2]. It aims to encourage people who are young and working with arts and culture to be more confident about themselves, unprejudiced and more open-minded towards others.

The Programme:

-     Creates safe artistic spaces and possibilities to experience and exchange alternative narratives, which encourage young people to imagine different ways of being.

-     Stimulates young people to contribute tosocieties that are inclusive, regardless of differences in age, gender, belief, physical capacity or family background:

-     By supporting young people who peacefully and creatively use arts and culture to challenge discrimination, extreme behaviour and oppression (creating alternative narratives);

-     By creating nurturing, safe spaces for young artists and audiences to gather, experiment, gain confidence and develop their talents;

-     By offering young people opportunities for exchange that stimulate experimentation and open up new ways of thinking.

-     Supports gender equality and the dismantling of overly strict gender roles where they restrict the development of young women and men.Arts and culture affect the ways in which different genders are presented and perceived, but also provide tools to explore and to change these stereotypes. Sound, context-specific gender analyses will be part of the criteria on which supported activities are evaluated.

The secondary aim of the Next Generation Programme is to influence, through voices of the young, the generation of their parents and future generations of their children. The programme will follow the ‘not about us without us principle. Rather than seeing young people as a target group, it aims for meaningful participation, working with youth rather than for them, utilising and developing their potential.

The Next Generation programme builds on the Prince Claus Fund’s 20 years of experience of supporting artists and cultural organisations as well as its worldwide network of cultural practitioners, both internationally and in the Netherlands.

 Instruments and outputs

The Next Generation Programme will offer safe spaces and facilitate alternative narratives and learning through exchange using the following instruments:

1.     Safe spaces: Three year support for 10 to 15 trusted arts and culture organisations that allows them to develop programmes which offer a safe, nurturing space for young people from different social, ethnic and religious backgrounds, to use art and culture to explore issues related to gender, diversity and inclusion.

2.     Network: Exchange and learning between these organisations will be facilitated through annual meetings (linked to the annual Prince Claus Fund Awards ceremony in December) and support for joint projects.

3.     Alternative narratives: Grants for the development, production and dissemination of cultural initiatives that provide new insights related to gender, diversity and inclusion. Grantees will be selected following an annual Open Call for proposals. (Please note that each Open Call within the programme will focus on a different region.)

4.     Award: An annual award for an individual or group of individuals up to 35 years old, which can be a role model for exemplary cultural work in the themes of the Next Generation Programme. The ‘youth’ Laureate will take part in the Prince Claus Fund’s Awards programme, both the ceremony in the Netherlands and one in their home country.

5.     Research: Support for in-depth academic research on the role of arts and culture in the lives of youth, and their communities, in the countries where the partners of the Prince Claus Fund operate.

6.     Public Programme in the Netherlands:Organising activities that engage young people living in the Netherlands and inform them, as well as relevant Dutch organisations, about the narratives developed and lessons learned from the Next Generation Programme.

Geographical Focus

Spread over the three years, the programme will support cultural activities in countries on the OECD’s DAC list. Please note that the International Cultural Policy of the Dutch Cabinet excludes Lebanon, Palestinian Territories and Mali, according to the Letter to Parliament of the Dutch Cabinet of February 15th 2017.[3]

The ultimate goal of a peaceful, inclusive society, with opportunities for all requires:

1.   Space for cultural expression

In many countries young people lack spaces to express themselves freely, have constructive exchanges and experience alternative cultures and stories. In such spaces young people can forge different forms of relationships, which go against prevailing restrictive stereotypes. A space can take many forms but will need to offer the safety in which the youth feel free to experiment with such alternatives. The space should offer opportunities for exchange among young women and men from different backgrounds and disciplines, allowing them to make new and unusual connections with people they would not normally meet or talk to. The space and activities there should also allow for creative exchange between young people and their respective communities (e.g. elders) in ways that offer youth an equal say.
The space itself should be inclusive of all to set a good example. The space will have to include youth in designing and running programmes, as well as in audiences and participants. Depending on the specific context of the space, special measures might have to be taken to ensure this inclusiveness.

2. Alternative narratives
Alternative narratives are stories, which differ from, and may therefore challenge, the dominant narratives.

These narratives may be in any form of artistic expression, across all disciplines. Supporting alternative narratives includes ensuring that thereare safe spaces to make and experience them. The Fund takes a positive approach, focusing on narratives that are relevant within the given context and that foster inclusive societies as opposed to negative or counter-narratives, which focus more on ‘whatwe are against’.

3. Opportunities for exchange

The Prince Claus Fund realises that creating safe spaces and alternative cultural narratives that appeal to youth must be context-specific.To ensure that its support is context-appropriate, the Fund will involve its partners and network of local experts to help develop the Next Generation Programme. The Fund intends to facilitate the exchange of lessons learned among similar organisations and individuals working in different countries. This exchange of experiences and lessons learned can offer different perspectives, lead to more innovative ways of working and optimise outcomes.

Furthermore, the worldwide reach of the Next Generation Programme includes Dutch youth. In the Netherlands, too, there are divisive and excluding stereotypes and preconceptions that affect the relationships young people have with individuals from other backgrounds, people who are in some way ‘different’. The Prince Claus Fund aims to share the alternative narratives produced through the Next Generation Programme with youth in other places, including the Netherlands.

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[1] Started October 2017

[2] Prince Claus Fund interprets culture in an inclusive and holistic way, which means it is not only for ‘elites’ and certainly not one thing but a world of things, it is about different stories told in endlessly inventive ways. It is for young people, for adults, for children, for us all and made by us all. And above all, according to the Fund, culture is a basic need.

[3] In 2016-17 the Dutch parliament raised critical questions about the effectiveness of cultural programmes in Dutch development assistance and posed ending assistance to a range of countries. In a compromise decision, the coalition government at that time announced on February 15th 2017 that it would exclude the Palestinian Territories, Lebanon and Mali from new cultural projects. The decision applies to the new Next Generation programme, but does NOT affect any of the Prince Claus Fund’s other programmes (Awards, Grants & Collaborations, Cultural Emergency Response.) Please see our website for our other open calls. 

The Prince Claus Fund believes profoundly that culture can make a positive contribution to peaceful, inclusive societies. As part of our new focus, the Fund is working to facilitate research and better documentation of the impact of cultural investment, among other goals to guide policy in the future. We remain dedicated to supporting culture as broadly as we can on an international scale.

The Next Generation Programme

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The Next Generation Programme

'The Next Generation’[1] programme of the Prince Claus Fund is a 3-year programme (2018 – 2020), designed to work with and for young people (now aged 15 - 30) worldwide through arts and culture[2]. It aims to encourage people who are young and working with arts and culture to be more confident about themselves, unprejudiced and more open-minded towards others. The Programme: -   ...

 
 
 
 

The Next Generation Programme

'The Next Generation’[1] programme of the Prince Claus Fund is a 3-year programme (2018 – 2020), designed to work with and for young people (now aged 15 - 30) worldwide through arts and culture[2]. It aims to encourage people who are young and working with arts and culture to be more confident about themselves, unprejudiced and more open-minded towards others. The Programme: -   ...