Connecting Cultures, was born under the idea of “adaptability”, which meant to be able to adapt the exhibition to the different places we were going to bring it, to create impact in different ways depending of the context opportunities and situation:
The initiative was born in the framework of the South European International Model of United Nations (SEIMUN) in May last year in Granada, one of the most important United Nations simulations in the country, where the exhibition named after the motto of said edition. Where we began with 8 artists (8 countries represented) for the Opening event of the MUN Initiative, under the idea of “we do more than debate” aiming to go 1 step forward on the MUNs simulations and create impact with the main debate.
The second place where the exhibition was hosted was at the IE Business School of Madrid, with a “Solidarity Cocktail” where we introduced the exhibition to more than 200 participants, together with the IE Student Government, artists from different countries and CEAR raising awareness about refugees situation and where we had the chance to begin to sell copies. The presentation was in charge of Carlota Corzo, Astrid Sabrina Bifulco and Angie Selzer. The following day, the exhibition continued at the “Christmas dinner” at the IE Business School of Madrid.
Photographs by Alberto Alvarez
The third time, the exhibition was hosted at the “Real Casa de la Moneda” from Segovia, together with the IEU Creativity Center, there, we had the chance to make a press conference were we could raise more awareness about the project and the refugees situation through different media, we also had an opening solidarity cocktail speaking about the project and raising awareness with food and drinks provided by local SMEs. The exhibition continued at “La Real Casa de la Moneda” for one month.
The fourth exhibition venue was “Galería Arte Atlántica” in Coruña, in collaboration with Lions Club La Coruña Decano, showing how different non-profits can collaborate when there is a difficult situation to raise funds and awareness for another non-profit organization (CEAR) expert on the topic. The presentation of the exhibition included a cocktail that took place at the Atlantic Art Gallery, on Saturday, March 17. At the event, we were enjoyed the presence of several artists as Linda de Sousa, Adriana Zapisek and Czili.
The fifth place hosting the exhibition is the University of Castilla-La Mancha, campus of Ciudad Real, during month of April, this opening event will be very special, because it will count with the refugees participation speaking about their experiences and contributing to the project with the delivery of new paintings in representation of their countries. After this opening the exhibition will be open in order to raise more funds and professors from the University will develop exercises and projects in their classes with their students, related to the exhibition and the topic (Connecting Cultures & Refugees situation)
Last place in Spain, the exhibition comes back to Madrid, where it will be surrounding “The week of the Sustainable Development Goals” at the European University of Madrid as representation of the goal 17 and were we will be able to raise funds and awareness through our stand and were UNSA SPAIN will participate on a round table as SDG 17 representative with the project Connecting Cultures.
Debate at the European Parliament
The debate at the Parliament will start with an overall introduction. Connecting Cultures exhibition comes out with the aim to create a positive impact on society interacting with societal and political levels. It shows how arts, creativity and connections between different sectors and generations can have a common ground to better understand each other and cooperate towards brighter and stable future.
The focus of exhibitions and debates (are based on) is on the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in cooperation with the European Union which is one of its greatest supporter. The Connecting Cultures Initiative is dedicated to the implementation of the particular 17th Sustainable Development Goal (Partnerships for goals) that highlights the importance of partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society for having a successful development agenda.
In order to solve common challenges such as refugees situation, all the sectors need to cooperate to reach the origins of the problem and look for a common strategy to find the solutions. This exhibition comes out of the combination between arts and youth seeking to create a positive impact on society and looking for solutions of global issues, in general. The main representatives of these areas will be : art sector, political sector and non-profit related work with young people and refugees. Under the umbrella of the goal 17 “partnerships for the goals” other sectors such as private or institutional would have importance on the debate.