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Art & Well-being pilot project
04 February 2021
Online – Zoom Platform

Following the long-term process initiated in late November 2020, Cluj Cultural Centre alongside the Urban Scale Interventions (UK) team, an interdisciplinary team specializing in urban innovation projects focused on community, culture and well-being, invited professors from the “Onisifor Ghibu” High School and members of the Steering Committee in online co-creation and consultation meetings for a co-designed space for well-being in schools.

The first phase of the process – needs assessment – took place mainly online, between November 2020 – January 2021, the professors from the “Onisifor Ghibu” High School being mainly involved in the data collection activity. The entire process was designed to respond to the needs of primary school students, an aspect emphasized during the discussions. Specially designed surveys were developed and sent to students and their parents by the professors. Drawings, photos and written materials were also collected in order to outline their needs and to have a clear image of the context. The results were summarized and presented by USI as elements of design thinking.

The USI team had a first meeting with professors, where they proposed the use of special collaborative platforms in order to better prioritize the needs in the school. Considering the results of data analysis and the group discussions with professors, the USI team emphasized four topics around which the future space will be developed: Curiosity | Getting in Trouble | Routine | Creating.

The Steering Committee group (architects, designers, psychologists, artists)  was invited to explore in depth these topics and generate ideas around them. Having in mind various direct and indirect beneficiaries, such as students, teachers, parents, several means for evaluation were highlighted during the meeting.

The next meeting will take place in late February, at the end of the needs assessment phase and at the start of the next one: the design phase.

Read more about the initiative here.

Art & Well-being space activity is initiated and coordinated by Cluj Cultural Centre within the interdisciplinary approach of Art & Well-being project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of European Union, and Learning QUB program, financed by Botnar Foundation.