In March 2023, MAP launched the Medium Grants as part of MAP Phase 2, working through eight projects across four countries. The aim of the Medium Grants is to develop two-way arts-based communication structures between young people and policymakers. It builds on the work of the Small Grants (completed in June 2022), which developed youth-led research based on issues faced by young people in each country. Researchers and partner organisations are working together to design and deliver arts-based research projects with and for young people that further the impact of Phase One and Phase Two (Small Grants) of the MAP project. This includes researchers at cultural organisations, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), research organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), and social enterprises.
In Rwanda, we have ‘Visualising Peace’ led by Tom Martin from the University of Lincoln and ‘Gira Ingoma – One Drum Per Girl’ led by Gakire Katese Odile (Kiki). Another project called ‘Picturing the Past, Present & Future’ is also running in both Rwanda and Nepal. In Nepal, we also have an ‘Inter-generational Dialogue’ project in partnership with Karkhana Samuha.
In Indonesia, MAP is working with Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia on the ‘Beyond Tradition’ project and with King’s College London in partnership with Save the Children Indonesia on the ‘Intergenerational Peace – GENPEACE’ project. Two other projects, ‘The Magic of Theatre’, led by the Jash Kubat Association, and ‘Dialogue through Art’, led by the Foundation for Tolerance International (FTI), are based in Kyrgyzstan.
In addition to the eight Medium Grants projects, MAP also commissioned two projects, one in Nepal and the other in Rwanda. In Nepal, MAP works with the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) to explore how Dēudā song, dance and music can support dialogue in post-conflict settings for peacebuilding advocacy and social cohesion. Meanwhile, in Rwanda, MAP works with Kwetu Film Institute to explore the mental health effects on peace and conflict resolution in schools through filmmaking.
Exploring the mental health effects on peace and conflict resolution in schools through arts-based methods