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Historie zaklęte w murach
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: Nov 30, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The aim of the project "The stories enchanted in the walls" is supporting youth creativity and artistic passions. Project activities let young people know regional architecture and stories, historic facts connected to it. They will broaden their knowledge and develop photo and graphic skills such as "cliche-verre" and "monotypy" and improve language competences. They will also be an occasion for echanging and gaining new experiences. Project activities are planned for 15 participants from each country (Romania and Poland), in total for 30 young people at the age of 16-19. The participants are creative and active people with a great curiosity. They are interested in English and art (photography and graphic) and have good language skills. There are some participants with fewer social, economic, geographical chances. First, project groups work in their countries and search for stories, facts connected to historic sites (castles, churches, palaces, bridges, etc) in their cities, region and country. They collect facts and stories about them by visiting citizens, listening to their stories, studing historic sources and literature. They take pictures, record interviews and make films. Then the participants select the most interesting materials and write stories and present them on a blog, which is a common virtual space for communicating and sharing the team work results. The main project activities - common workshops take place in Poland. Each team presents itself, its region, city and country. The national groups present their results - the facts, stories and pictures about the chosen sites from Poland and Romania. The next steps are common language workshops: "Meeting with ghosts" and " If the walls could speak ..."and open air workshops in the area of the city centre and then photography workshops. The Polish team teaches other participants new techniques " cliche-verre and monotypy" and then they work together in the darkroom. After that they select together the sites and messages, print them and develop pictures using new techniques. The Romanian team shares its experiences in designing a booklet and teaches how to combine texts and photoes. Finally, they create a booklet. It is sent to the partner organisation and appears on a social networking site. During project activities participants use such methods as: activating and worshops, peer to peer and creative thinking, team building methods. The results of the youth excchange is the booklet and an exhibition in the city hall. City officials, local media and the society of art schools and parents are invited. After the mobility the booklet is reprinted in many copies and sent to Romania to let them present it to their school society. The participants broaden their knowledge on the heritage of their regions and the region, country of their European partner. They get professional knowledge in such fields as: architecture, photography and graphics. Young people develop their writing and language skills. They can cooperate in teams, search for specific information, make decisions and solve problems. If they are combined with professional knowledge and experience let them realize what achievements are possible for them to gain. They help them get a satisfying job in the future. Besides, the participants indentify with their city, region, Europe and get involved in local, European matters.
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