The Department of Culture will help to implement 12 projects of citizens
During the Welcome day "Entry points" at the Moscow Cultural Forum the Department of Culture selected 12 applications submitted by residents of the city. These projects will be implemented with the support of the Department and its subordinate organizations.
Welcome day of the Department of Culture named "Entry points" was organized on the final day of the Moscow Cultural Forum that took place at CEH "Manege" from 15 to 18 October. During the Welcome day, representatives of public and private institutions, as well as active citizens could meet main curators of the Department activities personally, to consult, to ask questions, and to make specific proposals for joint projects. Selection of projects was carried out by: Agency of Public Projects, Moscow museum development center, Moscow State Library Center, Moscow Agency of the territories development by means of culture (MosART), Management of Educational programs of the Moscow Department of Culture, Moscow Directorate of Public Events, Joint Directorate “MOSGORPARK” and the Creative Moscow Project Center.
Totally 117 applications were submitted for the participation in the Welcome day. Some applicants applied with several proposals for different subordinate organizations and therefore presented different sets of proposals. As a result 95 meetings happened and 14 the most interesting and useful projects were selected by the council of experts. Among them 12 projects passed public hearings and would be supported by the subordinate organizations of the Department of Culture.
For example, "Smart Moscow” project by Michael Kneller was among chosen projects. The project organizes fascinating science shows for pupils. The show must be organized in the competition format: the pupils are divided into teams and teams compete against one another, carrying out tasks in different subjects: biology, chemistry and others. There are also place for adults in the project: they can visit popular-science workshops.
Another application that is approved by the Department is the concept of creating a cultural center in the Mikhalkovo Estate in Moscow. The Estate used to belong to Dashkov family, and then – to Yokish family that organized near Manor a woolen manufactory. Now the estate and the factory building are in poor condition. Development Project of the estate was presented by Elena Petrova, a descendant of the last owners of the estate, the author of a book about the Yokish family and their manufactory.
The Department of Culture has also promised to support the Alena Kolbysheva’s idea about the Moscow festival dedicated to the Moscow River (River Day), and a project to create a school for the guides suggested by Alexei Melchakov, the founder of Tripster cervice, unusual excursions from local residents. Graduates, according to Alexei’s idea, will make high-quality excursion formats that will turn excursions into very popular leisure-time activities among citizens.
Experts considered inclusive exhibitions "Dialogue in Silence", "Dialogue in the Dark," "Dialogue with Time" (by Ioannina Urusova) as an interesting and important project. Expositions will allow people to understand feelings of deaf or blind visitors or people of the "third age", for whom the visit to a museum sometimes is a real deed.
"Science Rock” project by Olga Duka was among selected applications. The project aims to popularize science by the efforts of young Russian scientists, it works in several formats: short performances in stand-up formats and scientific cafe (has already opened on Pokrovka street in test mode), where scientists together with a stand-up comedian conduct interesting debates on physics, chemistry, biology, history etc. According to the authors of the project, such events can be successfully held in Moscow libraries. The Department of Culture intends to implement exactly this variant of cooperation.
"The Department of Culture announced a contest of ideas for the City Day in the summer, and the project was successfully implemented - first deputy of the Moscow Department of Culture Elena Zelentsova has pointed out, summing up the results of the Welcome Day. - We want to continue this story, we will develop our grant program".