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14:00 - 16:00
Talks & discussions

Symposium | Community Co-Creation

Thursday November 16th 2023

Where are spaces of encounters in our communities? Are these spaces similar in rural and urban areas or do they even exist in our local environment?   

We welcome you at the library in Grófin after an exploration journey around Iceland that included stops in libraries, museums, cultural centers, and artist residencies in urban and rural regions.  At the symposium you will get to know the partners and their experiences in the project Community Co-Creation, where they explored the possible impact of art methods in working with immigrant communities. 

14:00-15:00 - Co-Creation in Public Spaces

Aija Burdikova I Muncipal Library of Akureyri I Akureyri
Elísa Elíasdóttir I The Library of Rangæinga I Hvolsvöllur
Vaida Bražiūnaitė I The Museum of Everyday Life I Ísafjörður
Hannah Rós Sigurðardóttir Tobin I The Museum of Everyday Life I Ísafjörður

Lara Hoffmann and Anna Wojtyńska, project managers from the University of Iceland and researchers of the project Community Co-Creation, present findings from the exploration journey around Iceland´s cultural spaces.

15:00 - 16:00 Transforming a Space into a Place - Placemaking

Jesper Koefoed-Melson from Vidalocal in Denmark introduces his placemaking method – a co-creative process with communities to transform spaces into places for people. Jesper will go into the different phases of the placemaking to give us an idea of how to build sustainable cities through community. One example of being the Kulturdistriktet – that is a vision, an urban area and an organization that creates art and cultural experiences in Copenhagen.  

Jesper Koefoed-Melson

This symposium is a unique opportunity to reflect and re-evaluate the purposes and usage of public spaces like libraries, museums, cultural centers, and artist residencies in urban and rural regions.  How can cultural institutions in the context of mobility and migration become spaces of encounters especially in some rural areas where there is a lack of meeting spaces? 

Kulturdistriktet Langbordsmiddag

All welcome, no participation fee.

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Partners contributing to the exchange at Reykjavík City Library

Amtsbókasafn Akureyri 
Blábankinn á Þingeyri  
Bókasafn Héraðsbúa - Egilsstaðir 
Bókasafn Húsavíkur 
Bókasafn Ísafjarðar 
Héraðsbókasafn Rangæinga - Hvolsvöllur
Hversdagssafn á Ísafirði 
Westfjord Residency - Þingeyri 
Sláturhúsið á Egilsstöðum 

The project is conducted in collaboration with the University of Iceland and is supported by Bókasafnasjóður and Byggðarannsóknasjóður. 

Further information on the symposium and the project Community Co-Creation
Lara Hoffmann 
Project manager and researcher