IDEA's projects are selected and developed in consultation with its international Projects Working Committee,in accordance with IDEA's strategic plan,currentpriorities,and project categories which ensure learning, autonomy and sustainability. Please read this document as a guide to developing your own project proposals.
IDEA's Project Development Strategy
1. Aim for and guarantee an equality of project action across the continents;
2. Prioritize the development of membership and networks in the 'developing world' through ‘twinning’ projects;
3. Prioritize projects that develop IDEA’s regional websites, towards an interactive world-wide website;
4. Prioritize projects that are committed to learning exchange and self-sustainable continuity.
IDEA's Current World Project Priorities
1. Dramas/Theatres of Solidarity & Healing (ie: Aids and Peace Education);
2. Intercultural Theatre (ie: International youth theatre training and exchanges);
3. Celebration of International Dialogues about Drama/Theatre Pedagogy in Action
(ie: regional and world congresses, exhibitions and publications);
4. Developing the interactive IDEA world-wide website (ie: e-publications and special interest e-debates).
IDEA's Project Categories
1. Supported Projects: local or national projects supported by IDEA, aimed at becoming 'collaborative projects';
2. Collaborative Projects: ‘twinning’ projects between and developed through the participation of IDEA members;
3. World Projects: local, national or international projects that directly contribute to one of IDEA's world project priorities.
Applying for approval as IDEA Projects and development support
1. Present a Project Proposal which includes an Outline, General and Specific Objectives, Plan of Action, Timetable, Detailed Budget, Publicity Strategy and Evaluation Model;
2. Send a letter of recommendation on company/government/educational letterhead from at least two reputable professional sources, along with an e mail address or fax number at which these people can be reached. If two referees are not available, the Director of Projects will accept two recent Project Reports which confirm that the person, group or association making the Project Proposal will be meet the level of project preparation, production, aesthetic/pedagogic outcomes, accounting, and evaluation to satisify IDEA’s criteria and standards.
3. Specify how the IDEA logo will be used and how IDEA and its members will benefit from the collaboration;
4. Include a brief current CV with the proponet’s name exactly as it appears on his/her passport, along with contact information: address, e mail, fax and/or phone.
5. Commit to preparing a report -- within two months after the conclusion of the project -- on the development and outcomes of the project in relation to its original aims and objectives, and how the outcomes of the project have effected his/her local community (and/or region/country). The report should also contain recommendations on how the field of drama/theatre and education can be further promoted and developed in his/her region/country. If such a report is not sent, either by mail or by posting to the Director of Solidarity, the applicant will not be eligible for further support from IDEA in the future.
6. Identify one IDEA elected officer, member of the Projects Working Committee or Regional Lisaison Officer to visit and accompany the project.
Please see the chart which explains the Process of Evaluating Project Proposals to understand how your application is being studied.
In the final selection of projects, the following criteria will apply:
1. Relevance to IDEA’s Project Development Priorities;
2. Equal distribution of projects from the different regions of the world. Equal numbers of men and women represented overall by IDEA’s projects.
3. Priority for regions where IDEA is not represented.
4. Validation of the propronent’s organisational and financial stability.
5. Availability and commitment of one IDEA elected officer, member of the Projects Working Committee or Regional Lisaison Officer to visit and accompany the project.
6. Project leaders will regularly post their project developments on IDEA's project websites or Facebook pages, and will respond to queries they receive as a result of these postings.
Anyone interested in developing an IDEA project should contact Director of Projects, Sonya Baehr
Land and Home in Action
Afro Mundi, an Afro-Indigenous youth dance company group from Amazonian Brazil visited New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as part of the larger project Rios de Encontro (Rivers of Meeting) tour, coordinated by the Transformance Institute, part of the Brazilian Network of Arteducators. Rios de Encontro completed 22 performances and 42 workshops in 12 schools and four cultural centres, co-funded by the international award received last year.
AfroMundi had the inspiring opportunity to visit Sonya Baehr’s school to present their latest Amazonian-Contemporary dance piece 'Dry Tears' and coordinate three workshops as a contribution to IDEA's 'Land and Home' project.