“… Do the blind dream? They do. Actually, the ones who lost their dreams become blind!..”
Where dreams exist no more, life does not exist, either…
Humanity’s reason for being fades away…
And life, from dreams to reality, becomes a dark flow for some of us, for others a light flow…
Turkey, a country that signed the UN Disability Agreement, needs to be producing urgent solutions for the disabled people who constitute approximately 15 % of our population. The gap between the place where should the disabled be and where they actually are is very huge. The hugeness of this gap has gradually been increasing not just for the disabled, but also for the other layers of the society. It is necessary to produce serious and permanent solutions and clear the way for the usage of the most basic constitutional and humanitarian legislative rights equally and freely in order to fill this gap.
THE DREAMS ACADEMY is a project produced in line with this approach. With the financial support from the AYDER (Alternative Life Association), UNDP (United Nations Development Program), Ministry of Development and Turkey Vodafone Foundation; tens of thousands of social life solutions and opportunities have been actualized on 15 November, 2008 by “Diving is Freedom”, “Alternative Camp”and “Reha İstanbul” projects.
The representatives of the contemporary municipalism intellect, the Municipality of Beşiktaş, Ataşehir and Kadıköy are the strategic – corporative partners and implementation collaborators of the academy.
The Dreams Academy is a social responsibility project.
The Dreams Academy, where cultural and artistic training is provided free of charge for the disabled and socially disadvantaged young people, has turned into an permanent alternative academy of arts which prepares you to life and provides basic training.
It is composed of art studios such as Vocal –Rhythm – Dance – Photography – DJ – Instrument – Painting – Design. Different workshops like personality development and motivation can be built from time to time. Following the workshop trainings for the disabled and socially disadvantaged participants, getting jobs on the respective branches is given a special importance. The workshop trainers and corporative partners who are the best in their branches and have high level of sensibility for social responsibility are the cornerstones of the Dreams Academy in terms of reaching the project aims, program quality and sustainability.
The Dreams Academy is a pioneer and model project providing equal participation opportunities with an “art for everyone” approach.
Providing training opportunities in different branches of art for the disabled and socially disadvantaged individuals, an alternative pioneering point of view is created in the society.
Social Inclusion Brand: This is a project in which sensitive artists from all around the world and DA rhythm workshop students come together and arrange a series of workshops and concerts. By taking the stage in giant organizations such as IKSV Jazz, Efes One Love, Rock’n Coke and Akbank Jazz, it has proved the power of arts and music, having no obstacles.
Dreams Academy Society of the Spectacle: This is an internal project where the Dreams Academy Drama Workshop students meet in order to exhibit a play full of theatre and dance. The volunteer director of the first play was Mehmet Ergen and it was written by Gökçe Sezer who is a stage actor and has been contributing to the works in person.
Dreams Academy Production Studios: This is a project built as the continuation of the Dreams Academy. The aim of this project is to help students, who become artists following the artistic training they complete, carry out their freelance jobs.
The Dreams Academy is the first complete model implementation of the “universal design for everyone” period in our country.
The most important factor about the projects which are models of social entrepreneurship is that they are carried out by the native and foreign volunteers who make the projects sustainable, spread the participation at highest levels and build up identities for these projects.
The Dreams Academy presently carries out the workshop activities in the Dilek Sabancı Park and Ataşehir Lodge which are allocated for the project by the Municipality of Beşiktaş.
Düşler Akademisi, Kaş Köy Akademisi, Dalmak Özgürlüktür, Alternatif Kamp, Reha İstanbul gibi projeleriyle on binlerce engelli bireye engelsiz yaşam çözümleri ve olanakları sunan Alternatif Yaşam Derneği proje faaliyetlerinin ve idari işlerinin koordinasyonunda çalışacak İstanbul’da ikamet eden, tam zamanlı genel sekreter arayışındadır. Genel sekreter, dernek yönetim kuruluna karşı sorumlu olarak tüm projelerin koordinasyonundan, kurumsal iletişiminden, proje ekiplerinin ve etkinliklerin operasyonlarından sorumlu olacaktır.
Sivil toplum alanında kendi projelerini geliştirmiş, yönetmiş, fon kaynağı yaratmak için ter dökmüş, yaptığı iş ile toplumsal fayda yaratmak ve kesinlikle heyecan duymak isteyen, ekip çalışmasına her yönüyle aşina ve liderlik yapmaya hazır adaylar 15 Şubat 2015 tarihine kadar email@example.com adresine özgeçmişlerini gönderebilirler.
AYDER-Alternative Life Association who is owner of Dreams Academy and many other niche projects is going to welcome the new year on December 30th at Roxy with the last one of its many parties throughout all year! While new year's eve is approaching and everybody is busy with making plans for a new year party, Dreams Academy is inviting you to the most meaningful new year party. Social Inclusion Band will perform on December 30th with the principle “Music for All” in Roxy which is one of the most privileged clubs in Beyoğlu. Along with guest musicians, jam sessions, DJ Performances and pantomime shows; dance, music, entertainment and many other surprises are waiting for you! The only prerequisite for attending to the 5th of the new year's parties organized by Alternatif Life Association is to have a desire for becoming a part of social change. AYDER has been working on projects with the dream of enabling people with disabilities and socially disadvantaged individuals to take advantage of social, cultural and sport opportunities equally. We would like to welcome everybody who has social consciousness and wants to overcome the obstacles put into our social lives to our party on December 30th in Roxy!
Customary board meeting Of Rotary istanbul was held At Düşler Akademisi(Dream Academy ) building. The meeting kicked off with a splendid open buffet breakfast prepared by Düşler Mutfağı (Kitchen of Dreams ). Rotary members who were very impressed by the breakfast prepared for them by disabled kids, got in line to order cookies and cakes for their firms and left dream academy wowing to work with Kitchen of Dreams for all their future organizations.
High level officers of Oxford University library have visited the Dream academy and attented workshops.
Anadolu ISUZU Otomotiv received “ Proper Approach to Disability Training” in Dream Academy building.
Dream academy has attented Düsseldorf Reahace expo again this year.
The executive director of Dreams Academy, Ercan Tutal, presented the Dreams Academy project at Yeniköy Rotary Club
March 21 World Down Syndrome Awareness Day We Celebrate
Foreign Volunteers for Claude and Amelia
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Dreams Academy is opening a new office in Antalya Kaş. By sending massage to 5595, you can donate 5 TL and create miracles in the lives of disadvantaged young people. Thanks to you, disadvantaged person who has never swum before can have training in swimming. A life without barriers is possible. September, 21th 2013
We asked a question to the 18 pioneers of artistic world:
: If you had a chance to design your own headphone, how would it be?
By getting involved in the project, People who are all precious, from music, theater, fashion and design worlds shared the headphones of their dreams.
Thanks to Philips’s “You should hear this” project, the answers of our artists became true. With the help of students (in collaboration with faculty members) from department of fine arts, Kemerburgaz University, designs colored by the dreams of our artists become alive with Philips headphone.
Only two headphones for each design were produced.
One of each headphone will be given to the relevant artist as a gift, and the other one will be sold at auction at www.gittigidiyor.com between the dates 19-27 December.
. At the end of this process the revenue acquired from the sales of the designs of 18 artists, will be donated to Dreams Academy, providing training opportunities in different fields of art for disabled and socially disadvantaged people.
And these donations will be used for the music workshops in the Dreams Academy.