Library gathers interested people together to creative events (crea space). With help of participatory methods new ideas are produced. Implemention for actions by volunteers and anchoring of new ideas are supported . Changes in action and attitudes are measured. Library staff participates in activities in all events.
1. Our diversity is our power!/ Equality in everyday life What: Diversity- theme will be handled in the CreaSpace event. All those interested in the theme will be called to participate. This theme will be presented from several different perspectives: equality concerning legal issues, equality versus racism, equality versus age, gender equality, different cultures, different religions, different learners, different ages etc. There will be built the Creative Foresight Space= Creafore, where, with the variety of participatory methods participants will be encouraged to use their knowledge, skills and experience of “ future thinking” and foresight actions. Brainstorming in a variety of activities in small groups . 2-3 ideas will be caught for elaborating to realize workshops. These workshops will be developed and implemented in collaboration with different actors and librarians.The selected functions are supported and the motivation of the people will be studied. All the experiences will be collected in a Tool Kit site.This theme, "Diversity", is the first of the CreaSpace - events, so that thoughts which stand out here can be used for the benefit of the work with the other themes. When: September 2015, follow-up workshops after the event, the participants agree with the schedule Responsibility: Coordinator Raija Ala-Lipasti, groups of continuation: responsibilities will be shared in the event Outcomes: Understanding of what equality means increases and the concept of equality will be internalized by "learning by doing" method in the continuation groups.
2.Do you hear, the trees are tweeting! / Nature and Culture What: The person`s contact to his or her everyday surroundings is developing through the years depending on the personal values, habits, life situations and his or her special interests. Hear the trees twitter- creaspace meeting aims at diversifying the views, aspects and ways of working through which the individual person experiences the environment and the changes that take place in it. The main theme of the meeting is the general idea of overall human responsibility when concerning the improving of environmental wellbeing and the lifelong learning. The themes, nature and culture, are treated using sharing and activating methods in many, varying ways: The memories connected to nature, hiking, responsibility when using natural resources and the new technologies, are treated when widening the nature experiences. Recycling and waste disposal, renewable energy sources, promoting the nature diversity and influencing the environment policy in general as well as local knowledge, cultural sets, art, communal integrity as identity builder, constructed environment, urban ecology and the urban individual rights. Naturally, included is also looking after the environment, human well-being, taking care of the cultural values, environmental art as well as nature itself, acting as inspirator for various kinds of cultural activities. When: September 2015,follow-up workshops after the event, the participants agree with the schedule There will be 2-3 action groups created. During these gatherings the relationship between the human beings and the nature will be discussed using also the creative, participatory activities. The experience gained from these new kinds of activity groups will be gathered in the Tool Kit -web site. The leaders of the groups come from outside the library. The library will help in choosing the necessary material and they will also support the leading activities in the group. Responsibility: Coordinator Raija Ala-Lipasti / CreaSpace -event,action groups : Susanna Kolehmainen/library support/ Raija Ala-Lipasti/functional support Outcomes: The aim of the project is to deepen and diversify the relationship between the human being and his/her surroundings.
3. The path to new literacy/ New kinds of literacy groups What: The literacy groupss are a quite traditional form of activity in the library. What we are doing is to create a new kind of idea for literacy groups. For this purpose we are developing a CreaSpace happening - and in it a creative future space (Creafore=Creative Forsight Space). In it we will use various participating methods in order to encourage the participants to develop new kinds of ideas for groups like these. In the CreaSpace- event new ideas are developed about what the new kind of literacy could be like and how the two sides of literacy will be supported in the circles( the text reception and production, the social media enabled by the new global and multicultural community and the new kind of text - perception ). Heighten activity and the skills to analyze texts (in broad meaning) and increase the person’s sensitivity. Understanding that both the text and its meaning are evolving, which gives possibilities to get to know many things connected to the text. Empowering the participants to continue their work and to find out new ways to widen the range of possibilities when leading literacy circles. After the event there will be arranged 2-3 literacy circles, in which the books will be dealt with using these new, above mentioned creative methods. The experience received from these new reading circles( books treated, using sharing methods) will be gathered and published on the ToolKit website. The leaders of the groups come from outside the library, help is though provided in choosing the materials and in the actual process of running the activities. The texts will be chosen, in co-operation, by the leader, the librarian and the participants. When: October 2015, literacy groups after the event, the participants agree with the schedule Responsibility: Coordinator Raija Ala-Lipasti, groups of continuation: responsibilities will be shared in the event Outcomes: Empowering participants to continue to find out new, more varying ways to use promising methods when arranging literacy circles with the aim of improving skills of multiliteracy among people.
4.Today turns into Art!/ Recycling and sustainable development What: The recycling and sharing economy turns into both facts and art. How much is it possible to recycle? We do use the materials again and again, but we can also “reuse” the words, pictures, music, customs (the immigrants’ new dishes,customs, use of colours). What else? And what possibilities are there to use recycled material when creating new art. CreaSpace- In this happening we want to remind everyone how utterly important recycling is. There we try to find resourceful and creative ways to turn the worn, discarded objects, household utensils and materials into pieces of art. We shall also include music, old pieces of text etc. The copyright issues will also be considered. After the meeting there will be started 2-3 workshop groups where the CreaSpace ideas (the new ideas that came up during the workshop) will be further processed. The experiences gathered in the workshops where the recycle based multiliteracy units are included, particularly those creating something new from the old in various ways, are gathered on the ToolKit website. The workshop leaders are from outside the library staff.The library helps in finding the theme- connected material and gives support in conducting the literacy groups. When: October 2015, follow-up workshops after the event, the participants agree with the schedule. Responsibility: Coordinator Raija Ala-Lipasti / CreaSpace -meeting, follow-up groups: Raija Ala- Lipasti and Susanna Kolehmainen together. Outcomes: Empowering participants to continue to find out new ways and added possibilities when using recycle based working methods. Improving skills of multiliteracy among people. 5. The pictures are whispering/ The importance of images What: When speaking of the image, it can be, for example a drawing, painting or a photograph. In addition, it may as well be artistic, journalistic or advertising image. When using the term ( traditional) “photo” it refers to the images saved by camera that are perceived to perform physical reality relatively authentically. Ad Images are mostly photographies, but they can also be, for example, drawings .When reading advertisement images special attention must be paid to the fact that the image is made for commercial purposes. Also reading art image and journalistic image it is affected by the purpose for which the image is created. Literacy means today many different things. Traditional writing literacy in addition to talking about, for example, visual literacy, media literacy and image literacy. Rather than to talk about the image “literacy” should be talked of observation, experiencing and interpretation. The literacy refers to the concept that image interpretation is a demanding skill . On the other hand, images are learned "to read” natural:The images are associated with culture- bound ways of presentation and understanding and interpretation are not necessarily so self- evident. After the event it will be set up 2-3 action groups, where getting to know the concept of the image and how images appear. What eg. “selfie culture” says about our time? Introduction to image processing programs and videos, as well as making own products and publishing them. Take into account the use of images related to copyright and related rules eg.what is meant by a “creative commons” and other licenses? When: November 2015, follow-up workshops after the event, the participants agree with the schedule Responsibility: Coordinator Raija Ala-Lipasti, groups of continuation: responsibilities will be shared in the event Outcomes: The increased understanding about the world of the pictures and about the ways we observe them. The messages created by them, picture editing and the ways it affects our conceptions about beauty. The development of our own visuality, the way we become more secure when taking photos and edit them. The expanded conception of the world and observing images, messages, photo manipulation and its impact on eg. he beauty ideals. Development of ones own visuality and encouragement to photography and image making. 6. By the wings of the tunes! / Music as a communication media What: Music is communication and a tool for interaction . It can also express emotions, when verbal expression is not possible. When listening to music, it creates personal significance in the listener's mind. It opens gates to our memory and the particular memories we have. Listening to music or producing it 0ne can vent feelings and thoughts and communicate with them. The lyrics tell a story and it is poetry. They tell about the personal and the social issues.The music reflects the history of the times, it is the interpreter of time. The first rhythms with a stick knocking onto nowadays rap music and all the steps in between are an integral part of human development. Music has always been a big part of humanity, with its help, we have been able to manage in difficult times, heavy work and - on the other hand, with music we have been able to relax and enjoy life. After the event it will be set up 2-3 action groups:handling music as a channel of expression and learning about the history of music. The proportion of women in making music? We all can make music. What tools do we have for it? Where can recordings be found? How to use music in the right way (copyright issues) in one’s own productions? Experiences of the new kind of operating circuits which are collected in Tool Kit site. When: December 2015, follow-up workshops after the event, the participants agree with the schedule Responsibility: Coordinator Raija Ala-Lipasti, groups of continuation: responsibilities will be shared in the event Outcomes: Understanding of the various forms of music and importance of music increases. Understanding how music is now and alway has been an important communication tool increases too 7.Take your own space!/ Public space, private space, physical space, virtual space, mental space... What: The surrounding society has changed in a decisive way: virtual spaces and interaction are part of everyday activities. Those who remain outside of this world can not participate in a comprehensive manner. To encourage and inspire people to visit and use the virtual space as a part of everyday life. After the event it will be set up 2-3 action groups, which deal with the relationship between different spaces with creative participatory methods. Experiences of the new kind of operating circuits, which are collected in Tool Kit site. These groups will be implemented in collaboration with different actors and librarians. When: January 2016, follow-up workshops after the event, the participants agree with the schedule Responsibility: Coordinator Raija Ala-Lipasti, groups of continuation: responsibilities will be shared in the event Outcomes: To help people comprehend existence of the virtual space as part of the daily activities. To understand what one can do in virtual space, what opportunities it gives. People are aware of the existence of different virtual spaces and the opportunities provided. Recognizing also the virtual presence and community. Learn how to reconcile the virtual and physical reality. 8.Quite a historical journey! / History as a teacher What: Preserve the memories of your own communities. While most libraries have become the document archive of their community, the memories of a community span much more than just documents. What did it sound like to drive in Turku 1950? What did it smell like to walk into bakery in the early mornings of 1965? Who are the people in these community photos and why were they important? Memories come in many shapes and forms. Don’t let yours disappear. History can be understood in a lot of different ways: history of the people, the families, generations which are intertwined in many ways with each other and the whole history of the world. What happened in different countries at the same time? Historiography is predominantly male and upper- class history, but what about ordinary women and children, and the lower class? History draws us into our area and traditions. At the same time, the roots and wings of history are needed to understand each other and different cultures. When: CreaSpace event in January 2016, follow-up workshops after the event, the participants agree with the schedule Responsibility: Coordinator Raija Ala-Lipasti, groups of continuation: responsibilities will be shared in the event Outcomes: Participants will become more aware of their region's history and the history in general which are inalienable of each other. Learning to find the library archives and historical material. 9. Life is like a theater! / Drama as a media What: The story is a powerful way, not only to tell but also to deal with things. It is having your own voice heard , empowerment. Every person's life story is unique, but at the same time there can be found similarities with other people's stories. These common and consistent experience connects people. Great stories, interesting books, fairy tales encompass strong drama. This creafore-package helps people produce their life story, learn the drama cycle and, at the same time, it is working with one ́s life cycle. Learning how to make a digital narration, and use ICT tools in the visual production. Encouraging to dare to be creative and produce texts. When: February 2016, follow-up workshops after the event, the participants agree with the schedule Responsibility: Coordinator Raija Ala-Lipasti, groups of continuation: responsibilities will be shared in the event Outcomes: The increase of self expression. People learn how to express memories and tell stories about themselves. They get in touch with their lives and feelings by poems, stories and film-making. They are capable of handling the meaningful things of their lives, and energy is released in the here and now and - in the future. Encouraging and inspiring people to produce videos, stories, poems, texts.