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The Unexpected Artrepreneur

The objective of the TUA project is to harness the influential potential of visual art to create inclusive and fair educational spaces.

Project number: 2022-1-EL02-KA220-YOU-000089230

Funded by: Erasmus+      Duration: 01/11/2022 – 31/10/2024


In spite of the prevalence of mental health awareness campaigns throughout the European Union, young individuals with ASD/DS often find themselves ill-equipped to actively engage in society after finishing their schooling.

Art teachers face a considerable challenge when attempting to educate students with special needs, as they struggle with essential communication and self-expression skills, while also contending with the societal barriers that marginalise young people with mental disabilities.

This project arises from a pressing demand to develop curricula that can empower these individuals, as well as the teachers, caregivers, youth workers, and healthcare professionals supporting them, in overcoming these difficulties and ultimately reducing the overall impact of marginalisation.


The TUA project aims to leverage the power of visual art in order to establish inclusive and equitable learning environments. The initiative involves the development of a tailored curriculum and training program that specifically targets the teaching of visual art, entrepreneurship, and the dynamic interplay between the two for young individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Down Syndrome (DS).


A curriculum on how to support young people with DS/ASD to become agents of social change through art, with modules like ‘Building the Capacity for Self-Reflection through Art’ and ‘Artistic Visual Communication for People with DS/ASD.  The curriculum is targeted to art and mental health professionals working with young people with DS/ASD.

The Express Yourself Platform, an interactive e-learning platform, consists of learning materials for professionals supporting young people with DS/ASD and the ‘Express Yourself’ digital platform (Applied education) addressed to youth with mental health disabilities through which they can communicate with one another, share ideas, and virtually display artworks to raise awareness and generate change for issues challenging them and the communities they represent.

An interactive toolkit from which young people with ASD/DS may learn accessible concepts about art and social entrepreneurship as means of raising awareness and vehicles for expression.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Commission. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them. 

Project Partners

ARTIT, Greece
CARDET, Cyprus
CESIE, Italy

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