COOBA is a transnational project focusing specifically on young people with migrant or minority backgrounds. It brings together the expertise of academics, artists, educators and museum professionals from France, Hungary and Sweden.

We believe that soft skills facilitate social inclusion, long lasting relationships and success at work. Thus we propose a practical and research-based methodology to improve the communication, cooperation and conflict management skills of disadvantaged groups. As part of the two-year project we will provide learning opportunities for our youngsters through cultural, artistic and physical activities. In addition, we will create an evidence-based holistic toolkit for educators and social workers as a means to foster social cohesion.

The project was launched in 2019 and is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.


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Edina Deme

Szépművészeti Múzeum

Edina Deme pursued her studies in Hungary and the United States. She regularly conducts museum tours, gives lectures on art history, trains guides, develops special museum workshops for all age groups and persons with disabilities, and organises tactile exhibitions for the blind. She has published articles on Hungarian history and education, and has been writing and editing museum publications in Hungarian and English.

Mácsay Krisztina

Szépművészeti Múzeum

Krisztina Mácsay started working for the Fine Arts museum as a tour guide and became enamoured with the art collections. She decided to get an art history degree as an adult. While studying she had already been asked to join the team of the Learning Department. Since then she regularly conducts guided tours and workshops for children and adults, runs summer camps, trains guides and gives lectures on art history.

Augustin Lefebvre

De l’Art et d’Autre

Augustin Lefebvre is a PhD holder in language sciences. His PhD analyses the embodied interactions of Aikido practice relying on the analysis of video-recordings. His further research focuses on language and the body in social interaction. He has practiced Aikido continually since 1995, including six years in Japan. He received the grade of instructor both from Japan and from France. He has more than 10 years of experience in teaching French as foreign language in Paris and in Tokyo.

Julia Nyikos

De l’Art et d’Autre

Julia Nyikos (PhD) is a specialist in aesthetics, science and technology of arts and has been teaching art history to young adults and adults in public and private institutions since 2004. She frequently conducts tours in museums and runs interactive workshops in the field of art history. She regularly develops and tests new methods and approaches in cultural mediation, based on her scientific research and her field experience.

Vera Varhegyi

De l’Art et d’Autre

Vera Varhegyi has 15 years of experience in intercultural training designed to foster the development of intercultural competences for teachers, trainers, animators and migrants living in cultural contact zones. She was trained by Margalit Cohen-Emerique in the methods of critical incidents. Vera followed went on several training courses connected to Theatre of the Oppressed, with a particular interest in applying arts for the development of intercultural competences and dynamics.

Asta Cekaite

Linköpings Universitet

Professor Asta Cekaite brings her experience to this project within both the field of migration and integration research, such as on schooling conditions in Swedish-as-second-language classes for child migrants, as well as her expertise in embodied interaction, learning, and peer culture studies.

Karin Domeij

Linköpings Universitet

Karin Domeij, teacher at Child Studies, Department for Thematic research, Linköping University, Sweden. Degree in Master of Science in Visual Arts Education at Konstfack-University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. I have 20 years of experience working as an Art and Media teacher at upper secondary school/college. Furthermore, I have worked as a teacher at Stockholm University and at Konstfack in the Art teacher programme. I also have experience in creating specific art workshops for children. Beside my profession as teacher I am an independent artist focused on digital graphics, photography and painting, and have exhibitions in the Stockholm region.