Mobilizing Citizenship is an art and educational program aimed at future adults aged 12–16 based at Kunsthall Stavanger, a contemporary art institution in Stavanger, Norway.
During four weekend workshops spanning one semester, a group of future adults collaborate with artists and are introduced to artistic strategies and methods. One of the main goals of the project is for the participants to build a sense of ownership of their own surroundings and see themselves as autonomous agents with the possibility to have a voice in public discourse.
Started in the spring of 2018, in a collaboration between Kunsthall Stavanger and guest curator Kristina Ketola Bore, Mobilizing Citizenship seeks to explore what collaboration can mean in the context of future adults working with professional artists and designers within an art institution.
The project is centered on the three themes of locality, visual surroundings, and technology, as well as exploring the potential of public space as both digital and physical. Therefore, the participants are given access to tools and methods aimed at building ownership of one's own surroundings, with a focus on how young adults can use artistic strategies to speak up and out.
Mobilizing Citizenship is made possible due to generous support from the Arts Council Norway and Rogaland fylkeskommune.