Grants, Funding and Sponsorship

Opening Doors Association is beneficiary of the Investment in Cultural Organisations (ICO) programme of Arts Council Malta for three years, 2020 – 2022.

The organisation is also a beneficiary of an Arts Council Malta Cultural Agreement, which provides the necessary support so that Opening Doors can retain an administrator.

Our music programmes are sponsored by The Melita Foundation, for April 2021 – March 2022.

We have a collaboration agreement with Fondazzjoni Ċentru għall-Kreattivitá (St James Cavalier) to develop an inclusive strategy plan that incorporates targeted events and activities; establish an inclusive ethos with creative partners and staff; and draft cross-collaborations with national and international networks.

We have a close working relationship with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, Resource Centres and CRPD.

In addition we are sponsored by Teatru Manoel and by Alison White Dance Studios.

Investment in Cultural Organisations – Arts Council Malta

Opening Doors Association is a beneficiary of Investment in Cultural Organisations funding by Arts Council Malta for three years, 2020 – 2022. This follows Opening Doors’ Cultural Partnership Agreement with Arts Council Malta from 2017 to 2019. It is the only organisation in Malta that strives to secure artistic projects with the aim to create opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to participate in artistic and creative activities locally and abroad, and to create ongoing training opportunities that would develop the creative potential of people with intellectual disabilities to develop artistic skills that would manifest in expressions of artistic quality.

In so doing, Opening Doors’ specialised creative work falls in line with the Arts Council Malta’s strategy to work with communities that are ‘hard-to-reach’ and that have different abilities.

Moreover, by regularly opening its artistic work to the public, Opening Doors tries to ensure its artistic visibility in order to develop public awareness of the contribution people with intellectual disabilities can make to the creative sector.

The three-year ICO programme will provide a stable support for Opening Doors to develop and deliver ACM’s strategic goals, namely to:

  1. nurture creative potential and support its development into professional activity by engaging the necessary professionally competent human resources as might be needed to carry out the artistic projects. To this effect, Opening Doors aims to engage an Artistic Director and other artistic collaborators to work with people with intellectual disabilities and help them develop their artistic potential;
  1. invest in artistic excellence by engaging competent professionals in the field of the arts and of disability to help in the artistic formation of Opening Doors’ core artists and help them develop the necessary skills. To this effect, Opening Doors aims to create its own company of artists that want to develop further their artistic skills and are willing to take this opportunity more intensively;
  1. connect Malta to the international artistic community by coordinating international workshops that would facilitate the sharing and exchange of ideas, creative work and work practices and provide Opening Doors’ young community of artists to grow artistically. To this effect, Opening Doors has already started exploring possible collaborations with international long-established companies that have wider experience in working in the combined fields of the arts and disability, that would not only enable reciprocal enrichment but would also serve to achieve further artistic excellence of the artists with intellectual disability as well as their professional trainers; and,
  1. provide more opportunities for people to engage in creativity by creating projects with the sole purpose of creative development. In line with this, all the training that takes place consists in engaging the Opening Doors groups of artists in creative development. To this effect, the organisation aims to continue developing annual productions, with the aim of reaching out to the wider community (including other communities of people with different abilities) and creating fora and spaces where more creative encounters could take place.

The Melita Foundation Sponsorship – Music Programmes

Opening Doors Association’s Level 1 and Level 2 Music programmes are sponsored by The Melita Foundation, from April 2021 to March 2022. The programmes provide musicians with opportunities for creative expression and performance. The Level 1 programme focuses on basic music skills, rhythm and coordination, as well as exposure to performances and collaboration. The Level 2 programme is a space for developing higher artistic skills and performance, including the development of repertoire and performing in music festivals and established national events.