Thursday, 27 January 2011

mmeting in Poland

Dear friends,
There is the report of our meeting two weeks ago in Poland.
Polish friends, Thanks for your organisation.

HEFORE 2nd meeting – Legnica, Poland – 12-16/01/2011

Arrival of all partners at the hotel and welcome dinner at the Modjeska Café - Theatre

At the copper museum:
- Presentation of the partners with ice-breaker activities

1. Every one introduces him/herself giving his/her name, what he/she likes and dislikes but the hands of the speaker are the previous hands’ ones.
2. A pink thread is put on the floor. Every partner stands on it but then, without leaving the thread contact, we have to classify the group in alphabetic order.
§ Presentation of Legnica – the town and the culture
§ Discussion on how we organize adult education activities
1. Creative Factory - Poland – workshops: dance and theatre – thanks to the Grundtvig European programme. Before it was under Youth programme or local funds. Now, participants don’t pay... if there is no external support, the participants have to pay a little sum. Dissemination of Hefore in a newspaper
2. Museu da Chapelaria in Portugal – presentation of their report from 1st meeting – see Kinga’s pictures – it’s been made of hat’s material; usual activities are still running but new activities will be launched under the name of Creative factory (like the Polish partner) à theatre, design, contemporary arts... with people with social problems, special needs... so that people who were not used to dare opening the door enter. Rui is Deputy Mayor, in charge of culture. Carla works for the local theatre (that organizes workshops, festivals...) for amateurs/volunteers and professionals.
The Portuguese delegation talked about the workshops and activities promoted by the educational services of Museu da Chapelaria, of Paços da Cultura (local theatre, art gallery and archive ) and of public library – all cultural buildings which belong to the municipality. Their technicians develop activities using museum materials or games and presentations about local History or reading, for instance. Although, there are workshops that have to be done by experts like in theatre, creative writing, dancing or photography. Some of these workshops are made in different cultural buildings to find new audiences (f.i dancing, photography, creative writing also in the museum). The activities promoted by these educational services are free for children (except some in the vacation period for those who can pay) and paid for adults (except about reading in old age homes and poetry workshops). There are also activities for teachers.
One of the projects to bring new audiences in the museum - called “Lembrar o Passado” (Remember the Past) - consists on going to schools for some months and work with teachers and students about their older relatives professions – it ends with a very participating exhibition by children and families.
Those children who can’t afford paid activities (or even spectacles) are considered by the municipality.
They also presented new cultural buildings: Oliva Creative Factory and Casa das Artes e da Creatividade (Arts and Creativity Hall) that will allow bringing people out of the city thanks to their innovating characteristics and dimensioning – in these buildings there will be a creative business centre, a contemporary art centre and the possibility to develop their own theatre productions.
3. Laboratorio del Cittadino from Italy is an Environmental association... scientific theatre with children to “educate” their parents, e.g. about Primo Levi – see movie about “atomo di carbonio” – linked with a visit to Auschwitz.
4. Cedru Heritage Team – Romania – see power point presentation/ own report. After the 1st meeting, the association disseminated the results and presented all the European Education Programmes that can be used to support activities and training : Pestalozzi, Grundtvig, LLP, Youth in action...(9 December). Then they disseminated the info on their site, YouTube, newspapers and 18+ exhibition.
The teachers that are present also use sign language to involve deaf people in their activities. Two of them also work in prisons. Artistic activities and workshops: dance, theatre, singing... they make posters... with young people. Non formal or informal education is a good way to motivate all kinds of learner (adults) but mainly special needs ones à self confidence, new competences...
5. Musée départemental Maurice Denis – FR, introduces its activities/workshops based on drawing, painting, sculpture, engraving/etching... with adults or young people, with or without special needs, in the museum/institutions but also with hospitals (people come to the museum but they would like to go more to hospitals...). The museum also organizes exhibitions with different partners. They also provide teacher training sessions.
6. Latvia – Akniste local history museum – thanks to the 1st meeting, decided to improve their use of ICT to show a larger public their missions and activities... which are focused on preserving local craft, life skills and local heritage, local jobs, material etc... e.g. the story of an iron... a tool for both women and men (!)... that you can use without electricity... The mission of the museum is not only “to be visited and that’s it” but also to propose artistic and practical workshops with f.i. grand-parents coming and explaining how life was in the past, showing dance, crafts and life skills work-process etc. This is based on voluntary participation. The municipality understood the importance of this enthusiast museum and decided to support the action financially.
7. Musée du patrimoine médiéval mosan – BE – its aim is to let their museum recognized by the local population as their own heritage but the social level of the people is so low that they don’t accept to enter the museum. They invited children, and it worked, but the parent’s didn’t and don’t follow. So they have to develop new activities to find “the” solution. This is HEFORE project’s main goal : exchange the best practices with partners. Another mission of the museum is to train teachers.
Lunch at Ratuszowa café

At the Gallery of Art in Legnica – 1971-2011:
- Welcome word by the Director, Mr Zbigniew Kraska
- Power point presentation by Monika
Culture in Legnica:
The Gallery of Art
Modrzejewska’s Theater
Legnica’s Centre of Culture
copper museum
History : it started as a state institution of culture, then became a municipal institution
Financial support: 67% by Town and State, 32% sale goods and services
Main events of the Gallery:
- The Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER
- National Young painters review PROMOTION
- Exhibitions of Fine Arts of Copper Region
Artistic activities – promotion and presentation of contemporary art + open ateliers/workshops – twice a week, free, in the Gallery or outside, for children or adults
International cooperation – exhibitions
Creating Collection of Contemporary Jewellery
Creating the Centre of Contemporary Fine Art

- Visit of the Gallery with Monika

Transport to Krotoszyce
1. At the Sport Hall:
- Dance workshop with Madi, from Creative Factory Association:
2. At the Culture Centre:
- Welcome word by the President of Krotoszyce, Mrs Beata Castaneda
- Dinner with local specialities
(Dance, Choir, Folk Music, Songs by every partner...)

At the Copper Museum:
- Welcome word by the Director, Mr Andrzej Niedzielenko
- Visit of the museum with Karolina
At the Modjeska Theatre:
- “Cyrano de Bergerac” by Ed. Rostand
Lunch at the Ratuszowa café
Visit of the Modjeska Theatre with the Director, Mr Jacek Glomb
At the Copper Museum:
- Theatre workshop with Joanna, from Creative Factory Association:
Walking exercises with different moods, emotions and music
Human Pictures: happiness, sadness, anger
Human train with eyes closed
Human and Life: pair exercise on each other’s confidence and free expression

Free time (1 hour)

At the Art Gallery:
- Vernissage – Opening Ceremony – Lotery !!! Olga, Nicoleta and Françoise won prizes! (Remember the bottle !)
Dinner at the Ratuszowa café

At the copper museum
- Report read and amended by each partner
At the other part of the copper museum
- Visit of Duda Gracz exhibition on Chopin’s music + copper works (big statues) + pictures of Legnica’s park (also after severe tempest) + Jewish art
Lunch at the Ratuszowa café

Transport to Wroclaw
- Visit of the Panorama Raclawicka... in company of Miss Polski and others... Wonderful! The panorama is creating the illusion of a real 3D presentation – battle of the XVIIIth century between Poland and Russia.
- Visit of the Muzeum Narodowego we Wroclawiu à religious art – sculpture, painting (R. De Niro? The Lady that looks like a man because of her long beard...), epitaphs, medieval tombs...
- Visit of the historical centre with Anna à St Joan the Baptist Cathedral, lovers bridge (with locks), market...
- Dinner in Amalfi Pizzeria


Departure of Latvian and Romanian partners
At the copper museum
- Discussion about Polish way to welcome adults in cultural activities (museum, art gallery, theatre...
- Presentation of the Grundtvig programme and perspective for the partners
- Evaluation of the meeting using theatre workshop as a tool:
walk, think and whisper individually about all aspects of the meeting
with the partner(s) of each country, compound a picture or a “movie” of the experience we shared during these days + comments by the other partners
- Thankful gift to the Polish Team for the nice organisation of the meeting (Tintin!).

Poland, 12 points !

Lunch at the Ratuszowa café

Last tears...

(report realized thanks to the friendly collaboration between Portugal and Belgium and the support of Europcar!)

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