○ InVITAtion Lab ○

Project Period: 2014 – 2017

Collaborative Partners: Ringkøbing-Skjern Libraries, Struer Library, Ikast-Brande Library, Team Teatret, Herning Libraries, Skive Library, Holstebro Library, Lemvig Library

InVITAtion Lab

InVITAtion Lab is an pro-active initiative between seven collaborative municipalities that count Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality, Struer Municipality, Ikast-Brande Municipality, Herning Municipality, Skive Municipality, Holstebro Municipality and Lemvig Municipality with Herning Libraries functioning as the project manager and facilitator of the project. The purpose of the project is to explore culture as the foundation and prime mover for concrete, democratic solutions in local areas situated in Central and West Jutland.

InVITAtion Lab’s intention is to reconsider and increase the capacity of cultural institutions as active players to create a vibrant, rooted democracy with committed citizens. This is achieved through offering local young people between the ages of 14-25 a direct platform and the opportunity to create positive changes locally, as well as inspire resident communities in the region.

The project aims to involve young people in each municipality and by planning and conducting activities in which co-ownership and collaboration are prioritised, a positive relationship between local, cultural and educational institutions and young people is developed.

InVITAtion Lab is a laboratory that engages young people through workshops to invent, test and investigate new democratic and inclusive processes that place problem-solving at the top of the agenda by using methodologies from art and culture. InVITAtion Lab invites groups of young people to work together in order to create new solutions to local challenges – and most importantly, act on them. In addition, the educational institutions and other cultural institutions are engaged locally in each municipality as the project moves from municipality to municipality.

The two affiliated cultural institutions, consisting of Swinging Europe and TeamTeatret, are permanent facilitators in relation to InVITAtion Lab’s workshops, while the libraries in each municipality fulfill the role of project managers.