The Artibarri network is made up of close to twenty entities and professionals whose work relates to the development of cultural community-action projects. Artibarri was founded in 2003 as a result of the interest of several people and entities regarding community work, young people and citizen participation.
Among other things, they have developed European projects, along with conferences and training on community culture, cultural policy and the arts. Artibarri have also conducted research on community culture, participation and sustainability in close-proximity projects, and developed the first framework for community arts funding for the Catalan government, Generalitat de Catalunya.
Among its constituent entities a diverse mix of profiles and initiatives can be found, including working with young people and ITC, community video and educommunication, public space and restoration of community memory, citizen participation and methodologies for intercultural involvement and mediation, community theatre or theatre of the oppressed, and cultural production and curation.
The structure of the network is organic, democratic and equal to allow it to promote and apply the same values as its constituent entities: adaptability, plural and inclusive participation, direct democracy, equal distribution of resources, and social and political transformation from an experimental, popular, grassroots and community culture.
Artibarri currently runs projects like the Polítiques culturals i bens comuns (Cultural policies and commons) research project in collaboration with La Hidra, the initiative to organise the first Barcelona Arts, Culture, Creation and Community fair (FACC&COM) in a period of three years, the dynamisation of activities related to culture in the Energies Comunitàries and the 6th edition of the Pràctiques artístiques, participació i canvi social (Artistic practices, participation and social change) training project, along with other specialisation modules.