Healthcare clown organizations are creating new artistic appraoches for children on the autism spectrum
Healthcare clowns from seven different European countries gathered from 29th January until 3rd of March in Zagreb, Croatia, as part of the ClowNexus project in order to share their previous experiences and artistic learnings in working with children on the autism spectrum. As part of the five-day laboratory, the international working group of clowns interacted with the children of the Zagreb Autism Center.
Picture frames, foot choreographies and subtle movements:
The ClowNexus Artistic Laboratory in Austria
Wednesday morning, 9 am at the Grillhof educational institute in Innsbruck, Austria. It is the third day of the “Clownexus” Artistic Laboratory.
ClowNexus is a three-year project (November 2020-October 2023) in which eight European healthcare clown organisations explore how clowns and humor can build and facilitate social connections and better communication with people with dementia and children on the autism spectrum.
Learnings from working with children on the autism spectrum
The three-year project ClowNexus is entering its last third of its period. Therefore, we asked Elina Reinikka from our project partner Sairaalaklovnit in Finland about her learnings and insights about the work with children with autism.
„I don’t know. This is what I knew.“
Working with elderly with dementia is not easy. Sendi Bakotić from the Clownexus partner Crveni Nosovi in Croatia shares her insights on how to connect with elderly who seem not to respond to outside stimuli.
European Parliament: Healthcare Clowning and Mental Health
Natalie Porias, Managing Director of RED NOSES International was invited to the European Parliament to speak at the seminar “Culture as a driver for health and well-being in the EU*”, which was jointly organised by Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, and Sabine Verheyen, Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education.
World Alzheimer’s Day – how to connect with elderly with dementia
Within the ClowNexus project RED NOSES is partnering with other healthcare clown organisations to dive deep into working more impactful with elderly with dementia and children with autism. Among the partners is Pallapupas from Spain, where we interviewed two experienced clowns Núria Valerio and Ricardo García who are working in elderly homes in Barcelona.
Dementia Laboratory Barcelona
From May 15 to 20, more than 20 international artists and specialists from seven countries gathered for the dementia laboratory of the ClowNexus project.
Healthcare Clowning International Meeting in The Hague Connecting Worlds. Connecting people. Changing spaces.
In the inspiring ambient of the former Fokker-factory, the Healthcare Clowning International Meeting (HCIM) finally took place in April 2022, after some delay due to the pandemic.
ClowNexus Artistic Laboratory in Lithuania: clowns are creating a “tool box” that unlocks senses
In the first week of April, the second artistic laboratory on Autism of ClowNexus took place in Lithuania. Project partners from Lithuania, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Finland and Spain gathered in Vilnius, the capital city. The participating clown artists continued to deepen their knowledge and explore the world of the senses in order to find the best tools to interact with autistic children.
Dementia: Clowning on silent sole
In February, a very special event took place at the Dementia Competence Center “MaVida Park Velden” in Austria: Six RED NOSES clowns did a sensitive visit to the residents of the senior citizen’s home following the motto “Clowning on silent soles”.