11 institutions that were previously selected by a specialized jury participate in the workshop, which are “A Gesture of Communication Culture and Development” / Morocco, Safes / Palestine, Sakia / Palestine, “City Artists Network” / Jordan, “Dozan Culture and Art” / Syria and Gaziantep, ” Temporary platform for art “/ Lebanon, Interference / Tunis, Substitution / Egypt, Cairotronica / Egypt, Shuttle / Egypt, and” Arab Center for Origami “/ Egypt.
The workshop facilitators, Rana Yazigi and Abdullah Al-Kafri from Syria, and Theodore Chilakowski from Croatia, will devote intensive sessions with each institution separately during the week following the workshop. Then, the participants will also meet electronically, at work sessions and evaluation, at the conclusion of the workshop, on Monday, May 25, to conduct an evaluation of the workshop.
The facilitator, Rana Yazigi, said that there was a determination by the “Abara” team to conduct the workshop in the shadow of the home stone, even if online, so that these cultural institutions do not lose any resource provided through the “phrase” program and the Al-Mawred Cultural Foundation, especially in this period where The cultural sector has been greatly affected, and therefore any resource that can help institutions to complete work is a required resource and we must strive to find it. ”
Yazigi explained that the workshop is running on four levels. Firstly, at the level of cultural systems, where the participants discuss the issue of the integrated system and not limited to the part of cultural policies, which means working within a system and not looking to our institutions individually isolated from the environment, the environment, political activity and other neighboring sectors such as education, environment and development. On the second level, the workshop touches on the concept of cultural institutions and looking at them as interactive and changing structures according to the political, cultural, social and economic systems that operate through them, taking into consideration the historical background of the development of the concept of institutions through human development. As for the third level, which is the largest part of the workshop, the facilitators work with the participants on training exercises to develop preliminary scenarios for a strategic plan for each institution, after reviewing the previously established plans and rewriting them again. Yazigi noted here that these plans are a process of mutual learning between institutions. On the fourth level, Yazji continues, “The issue of digital security occupies an important space in the workshop, as the production of a contemporary digital language is considered one of the very current topics in cultural work in the Arab region, and it is not hidden at any time by the information systems and not ensuring the freedom to access and use information from Through the electronic media in the Arab region, and the difficulty of protecting institutions from any electronic penetration. ”
Yazigi described this workshop as the beginning of a relationship with cultural institutions from different Arab countries, up to nearly two years. She emphasized that “the approach of the” ferry “program is not limited to skills only, but more importantly is the creation of a vital system with every institution that has participated in the program for six years, and thus creating partnerships and understandings between institutions operating in countries that live great challenges and need a higher level of networking and alliance To be able to play the role that she has set for herself. ”
The facilitator Abdullah Al-Kafri pointed out that the concept of the cultural institution’s approach has expanded a lot this year in the “phrase” program to include institutions operating in the public and civil spheres, in addition to institutions that work in the technical, social and cultural affairs.
Regarding the challenges of conducting an online workshop that extends over a period of 10 days interspersed with discussions and practical exercises through electronic applications, Al-Kafri said, “The idea of physical meetings is fundamental and important and helps to develop ideas and discussion and all the approach adopted in the training program is to facilitate discussions between participants and build on their experiences and therefore we miss Electronic sessions have a large part of this topic. ” He noted that the team also faced the challenge of poor transmission conditions or the communication network in most Arab countries.
As for the positives, Al-Kafri pointed out that “it is ironic that this first workshop in the cultural resource attended by all participants since the first day, as we did not face problems that are inherent in all of our workshops, which are granting travel visas (visa) if the movements and transfers of certain nationalities become almost impossible Or complicated for other nationalities, in Arab countries. “