V dňoch 24. – 26. 4 2016 prebiehali vo Zvolene, Vranove nad Topľou, Sveržove, Svinnej a Veľkej Lomnici školenia a tréningy, ktoré boli súčasťou projektu “Budovanie kapacít na monitorovanie obchodu s ľuďmi v marginalizovaných komunitách”.

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History of ACEC

International Paper Symposium, Slovakia (1995 - 2003)
Between 1995 and 2003, the Association for Culture, Education and Communication (ACEC) organised international paper symposiums in the Northern Slovak pulp mill in Ružomberok.
One of the goals was to provide international confrontation to artists from nine countries. They build on textile symposiums, held in 1990 - 1995. Thanks to many years of cooperation with SCP (Since 1991) we have been able to create suitable working conditions, and in 1998 a permanent exhibition of works was established.

One important fact is that the creations of Slovak artists from the symposium are presented internationally (in 1998 – at the Haus am Kleistpark gallery in Berlin and the Lehigh University Gallery in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – USA).

HOW FAR, Bratislava, Ružomberok, Pezinok, Varšava, 1997 – 2002
Project How far was one of the first cultural and artistic projects of Association. Realization begun in 1997 with an overlap up to 2002. Fashion shows were a challenge for better examination of relation between clothing and object, and as the name implies, also the possibilities „How far“ this relation can develop. Fashion shows were non-traditionally focused on current trends in the area of artistic fashion design in Slovakia. Project was attended by internationally known fashion designers and artists, who work with paper and with many classical techniques transformed into new artistic expression. Project How far resulted in presentations held in Bratislava, Ružomberok, Pezinok and Warsaw.
The Invisible Exhibition, Slovakia, 1999
The Invisible Exhibition is name of unique project from 1999. This project was specifically focused on the environment. It´s aim was to research and express the possibilities of harmonic integration of man and nature. This project featured unusually high international representation: 64 creative artists from 30 countries. Auspices over the project took over back then Ministry of foreign affairs, environment and culture of SR. Artistic works were created as an integral and inseparable part of the venue in which they were installed. This means of uniting art with the environment surrounding it is the highest and most spontaneous expression in the implementation of a real invisible exhibition.
The venue also provided for the participation of handicapped children in the creative process. The handicapped children during the course of the event had the possibility to create their own works from pre-prepared materials. Part of the event was also seminar on the enviroment.
Welcome understanding was a communication project prepared by team of ACEC with cooperation of The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Bratislava GMF) and The Slovak Embassy in Republic of Yugoslavia. The aim of the project was to build bridges of understanding between countries with different cultures, in this particular case between Slovakia and Yugoslavia, and to break down the barriers of Serbian isolation that the country had been surrounded by during Milosevic’s dictatorship.Thanks to this project, during 6 weeks visitors could see an exhibition, which brought contemporary trends of Yugoslav art scene from leading figures of the Yugoslavian art. The work of 17 artists was presented, ranging from personal poetry to reactions and responses to everyday events in this country. At the opening a song composed to mark the occasion by Serbian composer Boško Milakovič was played. For this project, in 2001 ACEC received recognition from MFA SR for contribution to the solution of crisis in Balkans.
Month of Slovak Culture, USA, 2001

Month of Slovak Culture was organized by Association in February 2001 in New York, USA. Goal of the project was to attract visitors from Big Apple to festival of Slovak art, music, dance, theatre and film. General partner of the project was US Steel Košice. Month of Slovak Culture in New York entitled Celebration of Slovakia: Art from the heart of Europe was held in February 2001. During 28 days, visitors could see festival of Slovak art, music, dance, theatre and film.
The festival took place in the most prestigious New York venues such as the American Craft Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Lincoln center, the World Financial Center, the LaMaMa Theatre. Part of the program included a conference on investment into V4 countries in World Trade Center.

We are in the same boat, Slovakia, 2001

The project took place between the 28th and 30th of September in 35 Slovak towns. This was immediate reaction to the events of September 11. Our intention was to express both our solidarity with those who had become the victims of this aggression, as well as a message of peace and justice. Each and every Slovak had the opportunity to express their protest, disapproval and participation by creating small paper boats which were then placed in a large boat of solidarity situated in every town. 35 large paper boats (3 – 5 meters long) were filled with 94 376 small boats that had been created by people. Among those who took part were: Eduard Kukan – the Slovak minister of foreign affairs, Douglas Hengel – the Charge d´affaires at the Slovak US embassy, Ralph Johnson – the former US ambassador to Slovakia and many more.
The project was the largest of its kind in Europe and was carried out with the support of many volunteers  from all around Slovakia. The symbolic message from almost 100 000 Slovaks was handed over to New York state governor George E.  Pataki, Senator Hillary R. Clinton and Kofi Anan – the UN general secretary.

... We’ve finally reached Washington, USA, 2002

In March 2002 Association for culture, education and communication (ACEC) prepared in the premises of World Bank in Washington large-sized paper exhibition of five Slovak artists. Motto of the exhibition was: „Paper Art from Slovakia,...and we´ve finally reached Washington...“,
Beacause of great success, these large-sized installations were part of the building´s architecture for another two years.


Afghanistan day, „Hope for Afghanistan“, Slovakia, 2002
In 2002 Association organized in cooperation with Slovak Afghan Union one day event to help Afghanistan, which was also celebration of Afghan New Year. Event was attended by 300 people, including Eduard Kukan, secretary of foreign affairs; Douglas Hengel, representative of US ambassador in Slovakia; representatives of non-governmental organizations; representatives of cultural and state institution and media. The project consisted of three parts: seminary, submission of honorary mentions and celebrations of Afghan New Year.
Let´s do it!, Slovakia, 2002
Project „Let´s do it“ was initiative of women in Slovakia and non-governmental organizations: Association for culture, education and communication, Professional women, Association for support of young families, Slovak academic information agency, National center for equality between women and men. From the beginning, the aim of the project was to focus attention on the status of women in society and to increase interest of women to deal with their problems through active and responsible participation in public affairs. Project motivate to solve their social, family, professional and personal issues.
Besides the media, campaign paid attention also to direct contact with women. From 21. August to 19. September, we have prepared public forums in 22 Slovakian cities. Three concerts dedicated to minorities were also part of the campaign.
The Slovak season in Warsaw, Poland, 2002
Sovakia, the country next-door (2002)

Project Slovak season in Warsaw, realized by Association in October to November 2002 became a milestone in mutual slovak-polish relations. By it´s unique concept, it attracted attention of professionals and general public to various fields of contemporary Slovak culture. This happened through exhibitions of contemporary Slovak artists, exhibition of documentary photographs and jazz concert. Part of the event was also installation of Andy Warhol´s Works. His pop-art works were confronted with original icons from 13.-17. century, because Warhol´s work has surprisingly a lot in common with them.
Venue was the Center of contemporary art in Ujazdovsky palace and in Small gallery in Warsaw. Auspices over event was took by Aleksander Kwasniewsky, president of Poland.
RÓMOVIA PRE SPOLOČNOSŤ, Slovakia, 2002 - present

The “Roma for Society“ project was launched in 2002. Main objective was to stimulate community development in Roma settlements of the Prešov region. The Association tried to achieve this  by changing Roma attitude in the effort of solving their own situation. It also developed considerable effort in extending the interest of the self-governing authorities and the local social environment in contribution to the solution of the Roma community problem through creating opportunities for active participation and involvement in the process.
The long-term unemployed Roma with elementary or perhaps vocational education  belongs to the set of socially disadvantaged groups. This group is one of the most risky when it comes to its integration and inclusion into society and possible assertion on the labor market. ACEC decided that it will contribute to increase qualification potential of long-term unemployed Roma in eleven settlements of the Prešov region.
We focused on increasing their adaptability when entering the labor market. We also provided for them quality educational program focused on development of basic management skills. With this project, we offered them a chance to change their situation and to improve the environment, in which they live. Since the level of education and work habits were minimum, trainings, courses and regular meetings were the only possibility of changing things and extending their personal limits. This is the reason why Association for Culture, Education and Communication (ACEC) decided to offer the training graduates the possibility to carry out work activities in its field projects. Besides the benefit for the community, the point was to provide the graduates with further education in healthcare, support their personal and professional growth as well as to provide the community workers and their assistants with some income. Among the persons included in the running projects, there were 19 training graduates from the communities of Stráne pod Tatrami, Podhorany, Jurské, Krížová Ves, Spišská Belá, Ľubica , Toporec , Veľká Lomnica, Výborná, Vrbov, and Kežmarok.
16 graduates of the “Roma for Society Stage ” project joined the “Healthy Communities” project.


In 2003, this project presented Slovakia in USA as a multicultural, open, active, engaging and communicative country. Openly and with positive attitude, it presented in New York the still burning Roma issue. In Carnegie Hall, there was a concert of Roma band Anyalaiovci and opera recital by Ľubica Vargicová, accompanied on the piano by Daniel Buranovský. Second part of the program was exhibition „Roma photographers“, installed in Senior Center at Saint Peter´s Church. This exhibition was realized in cooperation with photographer Ľubo Špirko. This exhibition was unique in that the photographers were Roma from a settlement who had never held a camera in their hands before. Project was held under auspices of ex-prime minister of SR, Mikuláš Dzurinda.
Second part of the program was exhibition „Roma photographers“, installed in Senior Center at Saint Peter´s Church. This exhibition was realized in cooperation with photographer Ľubo Špirko. This exhibition was unique in that the photographers were Roma from a settlement who had never held a camera in their hands before. Project was held under auspices of ex-prime minister of SR, Mikuláš Dzurinda.
Healthy communities, Slovakia, 2003 - present

Healthy communities is the most long-term and most extensive educational project of the Association is since 2003. Its main goal is edificaton of inhabitants in Roma settlements in health. Project is based on existing situation, from the need of localities, as well as from educational and communicational level of inhabitants in settlements. The most necessary is support of education and improvement of health care. Unambiguous were 100% unemployment; low level of education; illiteracy and secondary illiteracy; weak personal and communal hygiene; infectious, parasitic, sexual diseases; mental retardation; drud addictions or lack of sex education and related low standard of living, apathy and demotivation. Therefore was created a project to  spread health education, improving of health situation and level of education.
Up to now, 91 health assistants and field coordinators, 67 Roma settlements and their self-governments, 102 general practicioners and pediatricians and 26 elementary schools were involved. Project has a diract impact on population of about 45 thousand Roma inhabitants in Slovakia. Project is realized by ACEC in cooperation with UNION health insurance company, who finances the project.
For this generosity, in 2008 UNION received the most prestigious award in Slovakia in philanthropy – „Philanthropy award". Based on achievements, interest for participating in the project was shown by two renowned european and international institutions - European commision and World health organization. Project was presented at conference of European commision in Brussels – „Communicating health“ in communities excluded from society and „How to reach everyone". Case study of the Health communities project was published in Almanac of World health organization.

Goal of this project was to build symbolic, but visible bridge to overcome social barrier. To express the message of WE CAN GIVE, we have chosen silhouettes of figures, symbolically heading towards future (5m lenght, 2m height). The silhouette was filled with paintings of Roma people from 62 settlements. The other side was formed by pictures of those who participated in its creation and even those who have joined to express this message. Each painting represented what  Roma from different settlements or municipalities have to offer – music, dance, singing, traditional meals, crafts, embroideries etc.
This project brought together Roma people in Slovakia and brought a new sense not only for them, but for the whole society. It was manifestation of the need to communicate, to comprehend one´s value and ability to do something and pass it on.

SLOVAKIA – EUROPE ON A SMALL SCALE, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, 2004

In 2004, the Association for culture, education and communication (ACEC) realize a communicational project "Slovakia - Europe on a small scale", focused on presentation of Slovakia in countries of European Union. The main objective was to present our country as open, active, convincing, attractive and communicative, and thus support interest of countries of European Union in Slovakia. We started to realize first phase of the project in May 2004. Project took place in France, Belgium, Germany and Austria, in main capital cities and consisted of cultural program and economical forum. The project started in May in Paris and Brussels and continued in September in Berlin and finally in Vienna. Topics of forums were mainly economical and political relations and experiences of foreign investors in Slovakia.
MONDI – PAPER ART, Austria, 2004 – 2009

In 2004 – 2007, the Association continued in support of paper artwork through cultural project "Mondi - paper art". It was a permanent exhibition, which gave every year an opportunity for new Slovak artists. It was one of the bets known exhibitions, prepared by Association several years in cooperation with paper company MONDI. Thanks to their joint initiative, these Slovak artists could present themselves in Ulmerfeld:  Michaela Klimanová – Trizuljaková, Miroslav Brooš,  Ildikó Dobešová, Lucia Šimončičová, Karol Krčmár, Zuzana Rudavská, Martin Kratochvíl, Marek Dobeš and Daniela Kytková. Artists enriched the cultural life of this Austrian region.
As a continuation of the „Slovakia – Europe on a small scale“ project, by the end of 2005, the Association organized an event for presentation of Slovakia in Belarus. Nine events were held within one month in capital city of Belarus, Minsk. During these events, nine artists presented their work, made especially for this project. The project consisted of a concert in Belarus National Philharmonic, exhibition of paper artworks by artists from various countries (the name „White greetings for Belarus was created as an association to whiteness of paper), exhibition  „Contemporary Slovak graphic art and Contemporary Slovak painting and plastic, screening of contemporary documentaries entitled „Week of Central European film“, literary discussions entitled Know our literature and exhibition Slovak imaginative photography. Slovak Roma community leaders, who are actively and succesfully participating in realization of project Roma for society, also attended the event. Theiy shared their experience with members of Roma minority in Belarus.
The goal of the project was to stimulate active communication of both countries, to present Slovakia as a member country of European union and Belarus as a neighbour in common Europe and to create platform for long- term cultural exchange program. Ministries of culture of Belarus and Slovakia supported the basis of this cooperation by signing an agreement on cultural cooperation in Minsk.

Educational project „Living together“ was realized by Association in 2005-2007 under Initiative of community Equal of European social fund. The goal was to eliminate general xenophobe attitudes, prejudice, stereotypes and discriminations of majority against Roma minority. The Association actively involved public into the whole process through media campaign and informational education campaign in schools. The outcome of cooperation with foreign partners of the project was the creation of seven stories of settlement inhabitants – representatives of Roma minority. Films have been published on the internet a presented at concert during European week of media and  diversity in March 2007 in Slovak radio.
Young Roma artist education fund, Slovakia, 2005 – present

Alternative program for education started in 2005. The goal is to support the potential of Roma youth, motivate Roma pupils to continue studying on high schools, contribute to the elimination of prejudices of major society against Roma minority and social isolation of Roma. To do this, project uses the model of mobile music teachers. From the start, the main donor of the project is SPP foundation. In implementation of activities of Young Roma artist education fund we used existing structures of the Association in the field - all in municipalities with major Roma population in the eastern Slovakian region. To fulfill the mission of the fund the best municipalities are Krížová Ves, Podhorany, Stráne pod Tatrami or Jurské.
The Fund officialy launched its activities 1. September 2005. In time, Children band of Fund for education of young Roma artists from Klenovec and Children Choir YRAEF became part of the project. Children´s band, which consists of six members is very popular and is often invited to various local cultural events. Children´s choir consists of up to 30 members, who also regularly perform at various cultural events. The result of this work is released CD named Čercheňora – Hviezdičky.

Sarajevo through the eyes of Slovak artists, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2006

In 2006, the Association presented an exhibition of paper art in the Museum of Modern Art in Sarajevo. Considering the post-war situation and destroyed city, the theme of the installation has become the 3D map of Sarajevo. The exhibition was held under the auspices of Miroslav Mojžita, ambassador of the Slovak republic in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The author of the concept and curator of the exhibition was Lucia Šimončičová. Each artist received a part of the map, which served as the inspiration for their work, whether in 2D or 3D format. With its uniqueness, the creative endeavor of artists brought important cultural and artistic enrichment to Sarajevo.
A Slovak Radio concert (part of the YRAEF project), Slovakia, 2007

In 2007, the Association for culture, education and communication (ACEC), SPP Foundation and Allen&Overy, organized in concert hall of Slovak Radio a benefit concert. The benefit concert was supported by Janka and Vlado Sendrei with band Kokavakere Lavutára. The concert took place as a part of the European week of media and diversity, which had the following motto: Equal opportunities for all. The YRAF is an alternative education program. It utilises a system featuring mobile teachers who visit students in their settlements. In 2005/2006, the program was visited by 125 pupils two times a week. Eleven of them continued with their studies at art schools after passing entrance exams. From the beginning, the main objectives of the project were to support the potential of Roma youth, motivate Roma students into going on into further education, to eliminate prejudice against the Roma minority and set a positive example. The concert presented achievements of the project for the years 2005 – 2007.

Concert in Stráňe pod Tatrami ( part of the YRAEF project), Slovakia, 2007

On the occasion of successful completion of the second year of the educational program „Young Roma artist educational fund“, the Association prepared a gala concert in Stráňe pod Tatrami. In addition to talented children involved in the program, visitors could also see young violin player, Patrik Žigmund. The main mission of this program is to support the potential of Roma youth, to show them the value of education, to support and motivate Roma pupils to continue to study on high schools. Secondary mission was to contribute to elimination of prejudices of major society against roma minority and to help remove social isolation of Roma people.
Don´t cover our eyes, Slovakia, USA,  2005 – 2006
In 2005 and 2006, the Association in cooperation with Philip Morris Slovakia, Institute for public affairs and Fenestra, organized a project aimed at eliminating domestic violence and drawing attention to this serious problem. One of the impulses to create this project was a fact, that as part of the project, the institute presented a study under the name of ‘Violence against women as a publicly political problem’. The study is the first publication in Slovakia that maps the issue of domestic violence complexly. In November 2005, the study was followed up by conference Violence against women as a problem of public policy.
Project „Don´t cover our eyes“ was realized by photographic portraits of publicly known and ordinary people.  The main idea of the project „Don´t cover our eyes", is in the words of author of the exhibition Lucia Šimončič, the fact that the „domestic violence is present in society and it depends on the attitude of us all, if we choose to see or to remain blind to what is happening in our families or to families in our neighborhood." The exhibition was also realized in New York, USA.

Gypsy Spirit (A celebration of diversity in central Europe), USA, 2005

In November 2005, the Association for Culture, Education and Communication (ACEC) in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations and with support of the Slovak foreign ministry and the Slovak ministry of culture, organized a benefit concert in Carnegie Hall in New York, featuring talented Roma musicians from Slovakia acting on prestigious stages in Europe to present Slovakia as a central european country full of diversity. The funds raised by the concert were awarded to Patrik Žigmund, an enormously talented 14 year old violinist, in order to support his studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna.
Slovakia – Hungary, The art of cultural communication, Slovakia, 2006

By the end of 2006, the Association for culture, education and communication (ACEC) prepared communicational project focused on mutual slovak-hungary relations, which are historically complicated and remain tense. For centuries, artistic and cultural communication effectively helped to overcome differences, boundaries and language bariers. The goal was to support democratic and civilizational values. Project included concert of groups Bashavel and Ghymes and conference dedicated to present and future of slovak-hungary relations.

Bright communities, Slovakia, 2008

In May 2008, the Association for culture, education and communication (ACEC) realized an educational project in cooperation with students from University of Green Bay in Wisconsin (USA). Project was focused on health edification and spiritual development. The program took  place in four settlements in Eastern Slovakia (Stráne pod Tatrami, Hranovnica, Spišský Štiavnik and Vydrník) as a part of the ongoing Healthy communities project. The project was preceded by three-year collaboration of Association and University. Considering the deepening relationships, the group of 14 american students and professors decided to prepare in cooperation with our Association and educational program, focused on health edification and art workshops, in which all inhabitants of settlements could participate.
Gypsy Spirit, 2009-present, Slovakia
In 2009, the first Gypsy spirit awards ceremony was held for non-governmental organizations, firms and individuals for their work with Roma community. Ján Figeľ, Slovak representative of the European commission took auspices over the event. The goal of the event was to create tradition for annual nationwide awards for activities and projects supporting integration of Roma into society and to publicly appreciate the work of those, who contribute to improve their position. From the start, the Gypsy Spirit award was focused on support of those projects and activities, which bring real, measurable results meaning real help for Roma people. The Gypsy spirit award is presented in following categories:

1. Non-governmental organization 
    (realization of specific project focused on support and development of Roma minority and its achievements and for realization of projects focused on extracurricural educational activities for Roma children and youth)

2. Company - firm/employer
    (support for projects aimed at social assistance and support for the Roma community)

3. Personality
     (for long-term work that has contributed to improving the situation of Roma)

4. Media 
       (award for journalist / reporter, for objective or positive information about Roma issues, for spread of positive message of tolerance and understanding)

5. Act of the Year 
    (for an act that contributed to saving life or to improve the quality of life)

Second year was also dedicated to public presentation of work and achievements of all, who contribute to improve situation of Roma in Slovakia - Gypsy Spirit was held in spring 2010. Announcers were the Association and Slovenské elektrárne, a.s., member of the Enel group as general partner; Association of Roma women in Slovakia; advertising agency Respect APP and agency SEESAME Communication Experts. The awards were presented in the same categories.
In 2011 the project Gypsy Spirit was held for the third time. The main announcer of the event was Association in cooperation with the Office of the plenipotentiary of SR for Roma communities and Slovenské elektrárne, a.s., member of Enel group. Awards were presented in the same categories with one addition: Gypsy Spirit Media – special awards for journalists for objective or positive information on Roma issue in Slovakia.
In 2012 the fourth year of Gypsy Spirit was held. The announcers of the fourth year were Association for culture, education and communication (ACEC); The Office of the plenipotentiary for Roma communities; Slovenské elektrárne, a.s. member of Enel group, Radio Expres, partner of the Act of the Year category; OZ Láčho Drom. The long-term goals of Gypsy Spirit are the creation of tradition of awards presentation, international acceptance of the award, creation of more positive picture of Roma community in society and improvement of situation of Roma population. Further information at www.gypsyspirit.eu.
FRANKLIN COLLEGE, Slovakia, 2009

In 2009, students of Franklin College along with the team of Assocation, coordinators of the Healthy communities, community workers and inhabitants of the village Chminianske Jakubovany, joined together in cultivation of environment and revitalization of  playgroung in local Roma settlement. Town Office and Special elementary school of Chminianske Jakubovany participated as volunteers.
PARALLEL EXPERIENCES, Slovakia, 2010 – 2011

In 2010, ACEC joined the European year for struggle against poverty and social exclusion with project „Parallel Experiences“. The project reflected problem of social exclusion of people suffering from mental disorders through contemporary art. The project comes out of knowledge, that the society is uninformed in the topic of mental illnesses. It often succumbs to myths and beliefs, which create barriers on the way to adequate professional care. Because of this, affected are often ashamed and they feel stigmatized, some lose their family, friends or job, this lowers their standard of living, they live in loneliness, sometimes only from social and sickness benefits, or they are placed in psychiatric hospitals or specialized homes.
The goal of the project was to open discussion between community of people with mental disorders, professionals and general public. Paralles experiences were introduced from september 2010 to march 2011 in Prague, Bratislava, Vienna and Dresden.

In 2011 Charity auction of Fero Guldans paintings was held. After personal experience, when artist Fero Guldan lost his home during fire, he decided to help people, who have experienced something similar. He donated 25 of his paintings to the special auction. Proceeds from auction were given to affected families by Plenipotentiary of Slovak republic for Roma communities. Proceeds from auction were given to affected families by Plenipotentiary of Slovak republic for Roma communities.

To celebrate the International day of Roma people and on the occasion of announcing the 4. year of awarding the work with Roma community – Gypsy Spirit 2012, the ACEC opened photographic exhibition "Beautiful Poeple" by Šymon Kliman on Hviezdoslav square in Bratislava. It consisted of portraits of Roma people, taken during years 2008 - 2011, when he visited Roma settlements around Kežmarok. Šymon Kliman asked the Roma people to put on their best clothes and photographed them in the interiors of their homes, that are very photogenic, just like them. Portraits of Roma people from settlements are magical, they resemble a fairytale, but at the same time they reveal desire for happiness, beauty and life in better conditions. ACEC prepared the exhibition with cooperation of Old Town and with Plenipotentiary for Roma Communities ans the exhibition was  devoted to the International day of Roma people and to the announcement of the 4. year of GYPSY SPIRIT 2012.
Eva Chmel´s paintings in the gallery of the Slovak union of visual arts, Slovakia, 2012

For the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the association of artists Mánes, Eva Chmel, artist who has been since graduation at the Academy of Fine Arts living and working in Prague, exhibited her paintings in the beggining of May in the Gallery of the Slovak Union of Visual Arts. The exhibition was held under the auspices of Peter Brno, Slovak Ambassador to the Czech Republic. The exhibition was opened on the 3. May in Gallery of Slovak union of visual arts by curator of exhibition and president of ACEC Ľubomíra Slušná, Pavol Kráľ, chairman of Slovak Union of Visual Arts and Tomáš Novotný, chairman of Mánes association.

HEALTHY COMMUNITIES – ADVOCACY, Slovakia, 2012 - present
Currently, there is no complex system of monitoring health condition of disadvantage groups in the Slovak Republic, nor legislation supporting the implementation of activities and public policies addressing the health issues faced by Roma settlements. Several independent researches has confirmed, that population living in segregated Roma settlements have its own characteristics and is significantly different from majority in health issues. Inhabitants of these localities have proven worse access to health care, health condition as well as generally low health awareness.

Healthy Communities ‒ Advocacy is an extension of long-term Healthy Communities project and is realized in three catchment areas in eastern Slovakia. The goal of the project is to follow up on existing activities with practical results, develop them further and extend edification programs focused on health education by proving that health assistants and health mediators are needed. The main goal of the project is to achieve inclusion of work position of health edification assistant in the Roma communities into the catalogue of work activities and to systematize the program of health edification in Roma communities nationwide. Further goal is to point out the potential of human resources right from the segregated settlements, because it is possible to employ inhabitants of Roma settlements as health assistants and realize activities beneficial for the community. It is also possible to include the health assistant position into standards of community centers, which are planned as national project for socially excluded communities.

The project activities aim to promote and strenghten the position of health assistant as standard job and to attract other partners from environment of non-governmental organizations and responsible institutions, who would support and assert this goal.
This initiative gave birth to interest group Platform for support of health of disadvantaged groups and to civic association Association of field health assistants.

In December 2012, representatives of Platform for support of health of disadvantaged groups in Slovakia, in cooperation with Public health authority prepared a proposal for financial stabilization of program for support of health of disadvantaged communities in Slovakia for years 2013 – 2015.
„Targeted emergency aid“, November 2012, ACEC and Radio Expres
Collection took place in eight Slovak cities between 8AM to 3PM (Bratislava, Nitra, Žilina, Banská Bystrica, Poprad, Rožňava, Rimavská Sobota and Veľký Krtíš). The collection was especially for children living in settlements. Most clothes werre collected in Bratislava and Nitra. Donors have brought many different kinds of winter clothing, toys, even a stroller, baby shoes and other children´s needs. The collection took place without problems and willing people did not hesitate to bring things until the last minute. Clothing was split between families who needed it the most.