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Kushobi Origins

I. SUMMARY INFORMATION
Project
284529
Status
Submitted
Award category
Regaining a sense of belonging
You want to submit
NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS RISING STARS: concepts or ideas submitted by young talents (aged 30 or less)
Project title
Kushobi Origins
Full concept/idea title
Connecting OCT & EU Trough Storytelling
Description

Kushobi Origins is meant to paint a positive narrative of the OCT's, South America. Today it has transitioned into multicultural interrelation that transcended cultural bonds and cross-cultural relations. The product's goal is to stimulate cognitive development and the connection of social bonds of EU Citizens across Europe through the media headquarters right here in the Caribbean region of St.Maarten. . In synthesis, it aims to help EU and OCT's to learn about their shared heritage.

What is the geographical scope of your concept/idea?
Cross-border/international
Netherlands
Does your concept/idea address mainly urban or rural issues?
Mainly urban
Does your concept/idea refer to a physical transformation of the built environment or other types of transformations?
It refers to a physical transformation of the built environment ('hard investment')
Has your concept/idea benefited from EU programmes and/or funds?
No
Has your concept/idea won an EU prize?
No
How did you hear about the New European Bauhaus Prizes ?
Newsletter
On whose behalf are you submitting the application?
As an individual
II. DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT
Please provide a summary of your concept/ idea

This animated series will serve as an educational animation that captures the captivating history, science, folklore of indigenous and African disciplines researched via educational documents. In synthesis, the aim of Kushobi Animated Series is for the OCT's and EU Youth to connect and learn about their values of African Caribbean heritage and local/regional indigenous culture/history, employing visual arts. Namely, to entertain and inspire the Caribbean, Latin American & European Youth to utilize their creativity for cognitive development. Valorizing the culture of the Dutch Caribbean will appeal to continental Europe and ignite a unified culture that empowers the Caribbean and Latin American Diaspora to be connected to Europe as well as breaking multi-generational barriers.  The first step into creating the animated series is to draw inspiration from the comic book Kushobi. The following steps are considered to develop the animated film that can be streamed worldwide for the proliferation of the OCTs & EU Youth culture.

Please indicate the main themes of your concept/idea with 5 key words
Culture
Youth
Connect
Valorizing
Empowerment
Please give information about the key objectives of your concept/idea in terms of environmental sustainability (including circularity) and how these would be met.
Please highlight how the concept/idea can be exemplary in this context

The first step into creating the animated series is to draw inspiration from the comic book Kushobi. The following steps are considered to develop the animated film. The final step will be distributing and licensing the film to a streaming platform or selling directly to consumers. Following the most outstanding marketing and publicity strategy will ensure attention and increase in revenue sales.

Please give information about the key objectives of your concept/idea in terms of aesthetics and quality of experience beyond functionality and how these would be met.
Please highlight how the concept/idea can be exemplary in this context

Kushobi Project: This book serves as an educational-comic, that captures the captivating history, science, folklore of indigenous and African disciplines researched via educational documents. Kushobi's book was accepted into Philipsburg Jubilee Library Kushobi provided an educational lecture on African influence in Caribbean literature Over 20 books were donated to elementary schools on St. Maarten Kushobi organized a creative workshop for St. Dominic High school.

Please give information about the key objectives of your concept/idea in terms of inclusion (equal opportunities, public participation, citizen engagement, co-design, universal design, accessibility, affordability, etc.) and how these would be met.
Please highlight how the concept/idea can be exemplary in this context

Equal Opportunity: Kushobi Book provided a creative writing workshop, for volunteered students of the International Baccalaureate Programmed (IBO) & Disenfranchise and Youth at risk. They learned from the author of Kushobi Jean Oneli Blaise’s journey with creating his own written pieces and demonstrated several concepts he learned and developed into his own style of writing Public participation:  For The devotion to Youth Development and believing in the Younger Generation of St.Maarten the St.Maarten Jubilee Library has accepted the Kushobi book and is available for the public to read at no charge.  Citizen engagement: Kushobi helped to raise 2000 euros for Covid relief in the Dutch Caribbean, Kulchurama, a three-part fundraising event focused on sending at least €2000 of raised funds for COVID relief to Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Martin, and St. Eustatius. Kushobi provided a workshop where participants learned about Africa, Latin America, and the connection to Europe. Those from Europe enjoyed a critical review of how our heritage is shared and there can be more to make bring awareness about this fact.

Please explain how these three dimensions would be combined in your concept/idea.
Please highlight how this approach can be exemplary

Kushobi Project: This book serves as an educational-comic, that captures the captivating history, science, folklore of indigenous and African disciplines researched via educational documents. Kushobi's book was accepted into Philipsburg Jubilee Library Kushobi provided an educational lecture on African influence in Caribbean literature Over 20 books were donated to elementary schools on St. Maarten Kushobi organized a creative workshop for St. Dominic High school

Please highlight the innovative character of the concept/idea as compared to mainstream practices in the field of the concept/idea.

The project is innovative in the sense that it is easily accessible on digital media platforms on multiple devices such as tables, android, and Mac. Considering the development of the fourth industrial revolution a great percentage of youth utilize electronic devices to consume information and meaningful experiences. 

Please detail the general plans that you have for the further development, promotion and/or implementation of your concept/idea.

Short Term: Produce culturally rich content that educates and entertains the public about African and Indigenous cultures in an unconventional, innovatory manner

Medium Term: Create opportunities for the immigrant communities and tourists to connect with the local community in a holistic and meaningful way employing media and entertainment.

Long Term: Create a platform of media & entertainment employing different types of written and visual arts throughout the African Diaspora bridging Europe and Asia

The first step into creating the animated series is to draw inspiration from the comic book Kushobi. The following steps are considered to develop the animated film. The final step will be distributing and licensing the film to a streaming platform or selling directly to consumers. Following the most outstanding marketing and publicity strategy will ensure attention and increase in revenue sales.

Imagine that your idea/concept is awarded in the New European Bauhaus Prizes 2022. What kind of initiatives would you take throughout the following year (June 2022- June 2023)

This will be a great honor. Kushobi would firstly, organize Euro-tour starting at the European Parliament to present how storytelling of the history and traditions of the extended European family from the Caribbean and Latin America can impact the youth utilizing visual arts. The next stop would be to anthropology universities around Europe to further explain the potential of connecting people through an informative visual-based story that is created by people of Caribbean descent. This will spark worldwide conversations to rediscover what makes all of us European and connected throughout history. Continuing this tour we will eventually land at schools where we can play the animated series and have meaningful discussions about our shared heritage.

III. UPLOAD PICTURES
IV. VALIDATION
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Yes
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Yes
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Yes
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Yes

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