Posts Tagged "arts"
Robert: Culture Center Founder
KAZAN: When Robert first saw the cultural centers appearing in old factories in Moscow in the 2000s, he dreamed of opening one in his home town of Kazan. The lack of such spots were among the reasons people in the arts were leaving for the bigger cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Nearly a decade after that dream, Robert was able to convince the owner of a run down, historical building to turn the second floor into lecture hall, book store and gallery. The first floor, which was a car-washing business, will soon be turned into a cafe and restaurant. ‘’Everyone now understands that such projects are necessary for the socio-cultural development of cities,'' said Robert, who tries to get Moscow-based artists and cultural figures to come to Kazan to give lectures. Robert said his SMENA, as the cultural center is called, is also publishing books of local writers. His book store aims to carry cultural books in Russian and English that can't be found at other books stores in Kazan.
Svetlana: Teaching Children Crafts
MOSCOW: Svetlana was sitting in the Moscow metro dressed in a very colorful dress and hat. She said she was on her way to hold a master class for children. Svetlana said she loves to create things - drawing, scultping, seeing. "I like to express my feelings by creating something," she said. "This world inspires one to create." When I asked what she wanted to achieve in life, her answer wasn't typical, touching neither career nor material wealth. "I simply want to grow and develop in harmony with myself and this world. Sometimes I achieve this, sometimes I don't. But that is the path of co-creation with this world."