Children are our key to connect with these societies; they possess incredible creative capacity and unlike many adults, still stand before an unlimited horizon.
From our past experience in other communities, we learned the importance of children as a key to better connect with the fishermen’s society; they possess incredible creative capacity and unlike many adults, still stand before an unlimited horizon.
Through interacting with the community members and honest conversations, we began to understand these people’s needs, environment, art, culture and way of life. We built mutual trust and the foundations of a strong relationship by mingling in the small town, in individual’s homes and in coffee shops, to fully understand people’s opinions on life and in this way, the fishermen’s community began to understand the importance of our idea.
Once the community backed our project, we worked to promote children’s creativity. Specifically, we developed numerous art workshops on topics such as painting, photography, theatre, music and handicrafts. Young artists moderated the workshops and then displayed the final products at different locations.
Also, Gudran worked to include the village children in artistic and educational projects beyond their town’s border’s. In order to do so, Gudran collaborated with the the German cultural center – The Goethe Institute – the French cultural center, and the Alexandrian Center for Studies.