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Meeting of international team of culture educators In Gdansk on 11-13th January 2014 in Laznia CCA

Aleksandra Tatarczuk

On 11-13th January in Gdansk, in Laznia Centre of Contemporary Arts (Poland) was organized the meeting of education specialists from other institutions from Russia and Lithuania participating in the international project „Close Stranger”. They have shared their knowledge and experience about exhibitions “9 000 km”, “The Meetings” and subject Art in Public Space. The displays within the framework of this project will be opened in Gdansk in January, on April in Klaipeda and on June in Kaliningrad.

Partners institutions were represented with: Aleksandra Mrozowska (Deputy Manager of Education Department in Laznia CCA), Aleksandra Tatarczuk (curator of education in Laznia CCA), Bogusława Gontarz (Coordinator of Educational Project in Laznia CCA), Zinaida Shershun (staff scientist of the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Kaliningrad, Russia), Evgenij Umansky (curator of the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Kaliningrad, Russia), Rasma Noreikytė (cultural manager of cultural activities in Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre, Lithuania) and Valerija Lebedeva (Press officer Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre, Lithuania).

During three days workshops they were participating in cultural education process and development of new, currently relevant forms of such process. They were touring around Gdansk seeking for Art in Public Space. They have visited Lower Town District, watching The Outdoor Gallery. Next day they have made sightseeing around Young City District (Shipyard), visiting former Artist Colony and studio of Agata Nowosielska, polish artist participating in Close Stranger Residence Programme.

Within workshops we conducted several lectures:

- Presentation and summary of the activities within Telling the Baltic Exhibition in Klaipeda by Rasma Noreikyte and Valerija Lebedeva.
- Presentation of the materials of the exhibition “9000 km” (Zinaida Shershun)
- Presentation of the materials of the exhibition “The Meetings” (Aleksandra Tatarczuk and Zinaida Shershun).

Participant were working on the development of the educational program for the exhibitions and they were trying to work out on the form of evaluation “Close Stranger” educational issues.

The general aim of the project „ Close Stranger ” – is to facilitate exchange in terms of contemporary culture and to promote better mutual understanding among residents of Gdansk (Poland), Kaliningrad (Russia) and Klaipėda (Lithuania). The objectives of the project also include promotion of trilateral exchange among the network of cross-border institutions and professionals working in the fields of contemporary art and culture in the three cities – project partners as well as dissemination of information on contemporary art, culture and social problems within the territory of the project coverage: in Russia, Poland and Lithuania.

The project “Close stranger” is implemented within the framework of Lithuania-Poland-Russia European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013. The main purpose of the programme, which is co-financed with the European Union funds – to promote cooperation among Lithuania, Poland and Russia through development of bilateral and trilateral relations. The total cost of the project “Close Stranger” is 873,620.59 EUR. The EU co-financing to the project amounts to 768,786.12 EUR (88%), i.e. 2648468.1 LTL. Co-financing from participating institutions – 104,834.47 EUR (12%).