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”.
History of ACEC
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
(for long-term work that has contributed to improving the situation of Roma)
(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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.