ENDLESS PRESENT | LIMITED FUTURE is a non-formal alternative education project dedicated to children aged between 10 and 17 years old from six Romanian towns: Alexandria, Slobozia, Turnu Măgurele, Oltenița, Urziceni and Mizil, started in May 2021 and ending in October 2022.
Using comics and illustrated stories, children coming from local communities of the six towns mentioned above will search for solutions to fight plastic pollution, one of the most serious threats to environment and climate. It’s a good opportunity to introduce children to concepts such as sustainable growth, circular economy and renewable resources, presented as constructive ways to actively contribute to preserving the ecosystem which is our home: Earth.
Six towns, ten schools, over one hundred children participants, ten teachers, five trainers, sixty comics and storytelling workshops, seven exhibitions – this is how the project looks like in numbers. But other than that, it’s the children’s imagination that’s leading the way, while working in teams, finding solutions for plastic pollution, translating them into a visual form, developing critical thinking. Empowering the young generation is a sustainable tool for a healthy development of the local communities.
ENDLESS PRESENT | LIMITED FUTURE is an interdisciplinary platform which encourages new perspectives for approaching the local and global problems and which aims to promote visual art as a means of communication, to contribute to the development of new skills of the younger generation and to support active citizenship.
- Project promoter: Volum Art Association
- Project partner: Norsensus Mediaforum, Norway
- Total project value: 1.024.465 lei (208.182,28 Euro)
- Grant value (85% EEA Grants and 15% national budget): 922.018,50 lei
- Duration: 18 months
- Location for project implementation: București, Alexandria, Slobozia, Turnu Măgurele, Mizil, Oltenița, Urziceni (Romania) și Oslo (Norway)
Established in 2010, in Bucharest, Volum Art Association aims to promote contemporary art and foster the public interest for contemporary art. The association’s main goal is developing public art projects and non-formal artistic educational projects addressed to the young public.
Between 2011-2017, the association organized every year in Bucharest a public art programme called EXPANDED SPACE. The projects developed within this programme encouraged the presence of new and various forms of artistic expression in the public space and, based on the subject each project focused on, aimed to create a space for dialogue, exchange of ideas and interaction for the large public and different groups and actors from the public space. The temporality of the actions developed within the program allowed the artists to use various artistic forms, from sculpture to installation and performance, and also to touch upon current, sensitive, even controversial topics.
One important part of the projects carried out between 2011 and 2017 was the educational component. The experience gained throughout the development of the EXPANDED SPACE programme, which addressed both a specialized audience and the general public, unfamiliar with contemporary art, revealed the need to develop educational projects dedicated both to young and adult audiences. As a first step in this direction, the association’s team launched in 2018 the project TELL ME A STORY. The project supports and encourages children and teenagers to become the authors of their own stories, to share their emotions, stories and vision of the world using visual arts: comics, storytelling and animation.
EEA Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reducing economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area and to strengthening bilateral relations with the 15 beneficiary countries in Eastern and Southern Europe and the Baltic states.
These financial mechanisms are based on the European Economic Area Agreement which reunites the EU member states and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as equal partners in the internal market.
In total, the three countries have provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014. A further €2.8 billion has been made available in the 2014-2021 funding period. More details are available on www.eeagrants.org and www.eeagrants.ro/.
Ministry of Culture www.cultura.ro
RO-CULTURE Programme is implemented in Romania by the Ministry of Culture through the Project Management Unit. The Programme aims at strengthening social and economic development through cultural cooperation, cultural entrepreneurship and cultural heritage management. The total budget amounts to almost 34 million EUR. For more details access: www.ro-cultura.ro
The expected OUTCOMES and OUTPUTS of the Programme are:
Outcome 1 – Cultural heritage management enhanced:
- Monuments restored and revitalized
- Innovative cultural exhibitions of restored objects supported
- Roma cultural heritage revived
Outcome 2 – Access to culture increased:
- Cultural entrepreneurship enhanced
- Larger audience developed
- Roma cultural initiatives developed
Another cross-cutting OUTCOME of the Programme refers to enhancing collaboration between entities from Romania and the Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) in the cultural sector. The following OUTPUTS are to be considered:
- Bilateral output 1: International cultural cooperation in the field of cultural heritage supported
- Bilateral output 2: International cultural cooperation in the field of contemporary arts supported
Norsensus Mediaforum is a non-profit media organization, in Oslo/Norway, promoting media & information literacy and supporting civil society in media communication capacity building.
Norsensus Mediaforum develops local, regional and international projects in the field of media literacy, SDGs and capacity building in media communication. In addition, digital publications and solutions.