Published by Mark Webster from Staffordshire University in Artist Newsletter June-August 2008 (magazine has 30,000 subscribers in UK). Mark Webster is a community arts teacher and practitioner. He was our guest during the final event on April 26th.
Is it possible that the Animator project has reached a conclusion? Reports are compiled, excel spreadsheets unravelled, products distributed, thoughts are gathered, new partnerships formed. This web site is now archived and acts as a ‘live’ documentation of the project as it unfolded.
Image: from presentation and performance, Warsaw Breakfast, Praga – by the Studnia ‘O’ with Katedra Kultury at Instytut Teatralny, Aleje Ujazdowskie.
One of the main activities of the Institute of Polish Culture at Warsaw University is to provide training within the framework of Animacja Kultury – Cultural Animation. Our students may be young artists, curators, anthropologists, writers, filmmakers, storytellers, musicians or actors, leaders of any common cultural activities. The goal of this specialisation is to prepare participants for an active role in culture. Culture is here defined as a space for self-realisation, for expression and realisation of values – a living space, which is undergoing constant transformation. To deliver our programmes and enhance our knowledge and experience, the Institute partners with other educational and cultural organisations, alongside practitioners.
What are – if any – connections between idea of culture animation and community arts? What are roots of community arts in England and of culture animation in Poland? Who are people belonging to "tribe of active culture"? What could be possible use of etnographic research for culture animation?
We ask these questions – and try to answer some of them – in the book Locally: Culture Animation / Community Arts based on our findings from ANIMUS and ANIMATOR projects.
"If the word “relationship” has been stamped all over the job description at the task level, or the level of specific professional experience, then it should go without saying that it has to be evident in the way in which culture animation-related tasks and initiatives are presented. If the words “contact”, “person”, “relationship”, “bond” and “communication” are at once the primary key terms and the foundation on which the practice of cultural animation has been built, then they should be present wherever the results of cultural animation projects are exhibited. This is why it was hard to envisage an "Animation Initiatives Market" (AIM) along the lines of a "fair", like a book fair, a job fair, a tourism fair, etc. when planning the ANIMATOR project" – writes Małgorzata Litwinowicz.
And this is why the final event of April 26th was not only a platform for promotion of ANIMATOR’s results but – above all – a pilot event testing a model for exchange of ideas in education and practice in culture animation.
Gozdowo project has provoked a lot of discussions and arguments. How to work with local community? What tools are appriopriate for cultural work with adults? What could we expect from "tutors" – experienced practitioners – participating in the project? What kind of support should we receive from them? How to use Gozdowo project as model activity? What is its connection to education in culture animation? How curriculum in culture animation should be built? All these and many other questions were asked during evaluation discussion that took place in December 2007 with participation of students and graduates of culture animation who worked at Gozdowo.
Soon after Wonders workshop (October 2007) we gathered participants involved in the project to discuss all its advantages and disadvantages. They evaluate Wonders model and develop new ideas for cultural work based on this general idea.
We present introduction into idea of "wonders" workshop – a replicable model of activity in urban space providing exploration of city wonders and miracles as chosen by its inhabitants. The introduction was presented by Brendan Jackson on April 16th at Tarabuk, Warsaw and on October 4th at Kaunas.
Other version of the text was also published in "op.cit" nr 27 (4/2007) – available to download in pdf format.
Account of photographic project that provided a set of ideas and methods for culture animation with medium of photography.