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A big plan to create a Practical Guide on Creative Activism - the Masta Handbook - is on its new wave!
There is no end in making it better. Therefore our international Masta team gathered in the beginning of April in mountainous area of Asturias, Spain, to spend a whole week working on a pile of important issues for making it even more meaningful and integrative for you.
This time we took in our focus a new chapter - methods and technics for learning more about Creative Activism. It’s going to be that very practical part of the Handbook using which you can make your specific workshops, tested by us! As well we spend quite some time planning navigation convenience of the handbook on-line and future of the networking with interested all around the Globe. Follow the updates sooner and later at http://www.mastazine.net/handbook!
Whether you are already a creative activist, educator, social worker, politically concerned artist or a curious citizen (with a lot of potential), we want to make the platform being useful for you! Do not hesitate to communicate us your feedback or submit contributions!
This project is supported by the Youth in Action Programme, Erasmus +.
In the past month we started cooperating with “food-sharing - Lebensmittelretten”. That means we are now an active “Fair-teiler” picking up excess food from stores and bakeries and distributing it to friends, neighbours and random passers.
The project has enormous scale. It is spread all over Germany and is organized as well as maintained by motivated volunteers. After enrolling we were introduced to an impressive website that maps all businesses that cooperate with the project. We are proud and excited to be a part of this inspiring project that strives to reduce trash and save food. You can read about the project here and of course become active yourself.
Distribution happens at Mareschstraße 10, for the moment on tuesdays 20:30-22:00 and wednesdays between 12:00-14:00. So far, it was mostly bread and baked goods we were sharing, but in the nearby future we hope to have more variety to offer. We were not making much public relation so far, and wonder what is the best way to inform our surrounding about it. If you have any creative ideas of how to do that, we invite you to share!
Four meetings of our textile upcycling already happened and its a great opportunity to update. So far we made pincushions, pillows and soft toys, all made from fabrics and sewing supply found or given to us. This is a nice way to use the clothing that are no longer wanted because of holes or stains. Most of those arrive to the swap-shop, and if they can’t be fixed they are to be upcycled! Our stuffing material is collected from wet and/or broken apart sofas thrown away around the neighbourhood. It feels really good to reclaim it, and make beautiful things out of it. However, talented helper Zahara chose to stuff her quilted pillow with pieces of left over fabric, and the result is proudly decorating our sofa.
The atmosphere in the course is relaxed and cosy, and we share ideas and learn from each other. Each meeting has a general topic (next week- kitchen aprons and pot-holders). In the beginning we look at inspiration and ideas how to do it, then we start working, trying to create each persons vision. Not always we manage to finish our projects, due to time limitations, so todays meeting was about completing unfinished works.
Our sewing machines are happy and pleased being used at least ones a week. Here are some more pictures from the meetings and some of the objects we made.
Kulturlabor Trial&Error will have the following free spaces for interns and volunteers:
Internships through Erasmus/Lenardo 1 placement April-June 2014, and 1 placement from October-December 2014. Apply as soon as possible, mention in the headline of your email “Kartoffelsalat”.
European Volunteary Service (EVS) one placement from september 2014 lasting minimum 6 months, maximum 1 year. Apply latest 1st of March, mention in the headline of your email “Sauerkraut”.
If you allready applied previously, you do not need to send us your CV and motivation again - just let us know you are still interested by responding to this call.
Kulturlabor Trial&Error invites students, social workers, educators and curious citizens to join our 3 day workshop on creative activism methods! The course offers an insights into the scene and its theoretical background as well as practical exercise. It’s also meant to give you the opportunity to exchange and connect with other creative people.
Creative Activism is a tool to promote active citizenship, strengthen community networks, encourage social groups to formulate and channel their opinion in public. The workshop is based on the theoretical background of “Masta handbook” (mastazine.net/handbook), enriched with an overview of spectacular actions as well as facilitated sharing of group experiences. During the workshop the variety of usage as well as practical methods of creative activism will be presented, participants will have practical parts/units combined with reflective discussions and theoretical input, as well a guest speaker is invited to share her experience.
19.02. Introduction - Overview of Creative Activism – Exchange of experience and skills
26.02. Creative Activism in Practice: Planning, implementation and discussion of an Action
04.03. Creative Activism theory & Guest speaker
The workshops will take place between 18:00-21:30, our project space will be open for arrival from 17:30, so you can appear in good time if you whish!
Julia Vernersson (Kulturlabor Trial&Error) project manager, facilitator
Ruta Vimba (Kulturlabor Trial&Error) project manager, facilitator
Due to limited amount of participants, this course requires registration. Registration closes on February 16 th. There is a participation fee of 25 EUR - which covers extra material and organisational costs as well as 3 vegetarian meals. Possibility for solidarity fee is available, describe your motivation in the application.
If you are interested in participating , please contact us per email - email@example.com, mention in the subject “3 days workshop”. Briefly explain your level of expertise in creative activism, and motivation to join the course, as well as your name, organisation you represent (if applicable) and current occupation.
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