With this in mind the Public Journalism Club in partnership with Anadolu Kultur are lauching the “Exchange of painters” project focusing on the role of art in developing Armenia-Turkey relations.
Under this project, PJC and Anadolu Kultur will organize two exchange visits for painters from Armenia and Turkey. Each exchange visit will last eight days. Visits will take place in September 2014.
Each exchange will include joint flash-mob style painting sessions in open-air studios in busy public spaces.
The paintings drawn during the outdoor studios-events will be placed in a 2015 calendar.
Participant painters will take 2-3 own paintings to the partner country, which will be featured during a joint exhibition in the beginning of the project both in Yerevan and Istanbul. In Armenia and Turkey respectively, the art colleges and art salons will host series of workshops/master classes on art that will be delivered by painters. During those visits, discussions will be conducted on the trends and issues of contemporary art and the environment both in Armenia and Turkey.
Five artists from Armenia and five from Turkey will be selected via open call and based on their applications. Open call announcements will be disseminated prior the exchange visits.
All the costs related to the project (travel, visa, accommodation, food) will be arranged and covered by the organizers.
On September 13, 2018, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (UFSD) hosted a workshop on “Exchange of Best Practices in Plastic Waste Management between Armenia- and Turkey-based CSOs and Practitioners.” The workshop is part of a project that contributes to the development of cooperation between environmentalists, waste management practitioners, businesses and local authorities of Armenia and Turkey through sharing best practices in plastic waste management. The grantee, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development in partnership with the Union of Diyarbakir Young Businessmen organized a 1-day workshop in Diyarbakir with participation of 20 representatives of local authorities, plastic waste management practitioners, environmental CSOs, businesses in the field of plastic waste separation and recycling from Armenia and Turkey. The workshop was followed by a study visit to Plastic Waste Recycling Plant in Diyarbakir, as well as a follow-up exchange workshop in Yerevan. Based on the results of the study visit and workshops UFSD will produce a booklet on the best practices of plastic waste management in Armenia and Turkey. The project will result in an increased awareness of stakeholders of the plastic waste management practiced on the other side of the border, as well as will provide an opportunity for networking between practitioners and businesses focusing on plastic waste management. Representatives of local authorities may consider replicating the best practices in plastic waste management in their own communities.
This activity took place within the framework of the Sub-grants Scheme implemented by Eurasia Partnership Foundation as part of the “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process” programme, funded by the European Union and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.