It turns out that Jazz is just round the corner at the Mission Locale, with the Festival "Au Grés du Jazz", which hosted a rather unexpected group in August: 10 unemployed young people, on a training programme in the Strasbourg Mission Locale, found employment in a civic project. Their challenge: to put together a Jazz Festival like professionals!
A shared passion and the desire to create something
These young people, who came from a wide variety of backgrounds, shared a passion for music, and they worked tirelessly over a six-month period. As they were not all familiar with this musical genre, and even less with the logistics of how to stage a concert, they had to learn to create a team, and become familiar with jazz and different jobs in the arts and cultural sector. Each one of them took on a role that corresponded to their specific interests in this group named the “Swing Caps”.
Learning about autonomy and organization
The young people worked completely autonomously - everything went through them: communication over social networks, managing logistics, artistic programming... Lucas, the artistic director of the project, set out his responsibilities:
“I’m the artistic director and my job is to coordinate the entire project. I’m very happy to be taking part in this wonderful adventure, and I feel very confident about the show.”
Anthony had dropped out of school a few years ago. He told us:
“I jumped at the opportunity, it was great! I was given the role of communications director. I learnt a lot about organizing an event on this scale.” A chance for young people not in conventional training or educational programmes
A chance for young people not in conventional training
We were fascinated by the efficiency of alternative learning methods for young people not in conventional training or education programmes, which is why we funded this civic project organized by the Mission Locale. The 10 young people who took part in the project simply submitted an application and then showed their motivation at an interview at the Mission Locale, which wanted even the least experienced candidates to have a chance to take part. We had already supported similar initiatives, within the context of the Festival Saint Nazaire for example.
Cyril, stage manager and lighting operator for the show noted that:
"This civic project funded by the Orange Foundation was truly innovative. It’s the first time we’ve done something like that as part of this festival"
A formative experience... perhaps even a vocation
Learning to work as a group, getting to know yourself, going beyond your limits, getting out of your comfort zone and managing stress, these are all skills that members of the group developed over these six months. In this way, they’ll have less to worry about next time they are up for a job.
For many of them, this civic project helped to uncover a vocation, a desire to go further in the arts and cultural sector.
Julia, Julie and Sweta, members of the Cap Swings team old us:
“It was a very rewarding experience. We learnt a lot of things about jobs within the arts and cultural sector... so many things will remain.”
Anthony is full of hope for the future,
"I’d like to thank all the partners for giving us this opportunity. I know I really want to work in this sector, it’s not just an ambition or a dream."
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