Empowering Creativity: Ceramic Workshops and Inclusive Initiatives in Nicosia

In the context of the project CARE in Cyprus, after a long period of preparations, we started our ceramic workshops with VI young students during February. Since then, the students have been gathering at Kuns Studio in the heart of Nicosia where they create their unique artworks, with the assistance of the ceramist, the trainers, and the VI experts. The students have created individual and collective artworks under the subject “The castle we hide within us”. The final artwork, which will be exhibited permanently in a public space consists of towers, walls, and figurines. The walls symbolize protection and togetherness and also connect with the history of the Old City of Nicosia, which is surrounded by the Venetian Walls, a significant historical monument.

The students also participate in other creative activities aimed at cultivating their skills in presentation, communication, culture, and entrepreneurship. So far, they have practiced pitching their artworks and presented them during the Diversity Forum 2024 at Eleftheria Square. This event serves as an inclusive platform for individuals from all walks of life to engage in thought-provoking discussions and collaborative initiatives centered around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in both workplace environments and broader societal contexts. Following the conference, the Diversity Fair provided an interactive space where participants shared their experiences and initiatives in promoting DEI, contributing to the creation of a more inclusive society.

While the ceramic workshops concluding in June, in September students will participate in a study visit at the Archaeological Collection of Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, at an entrepreneurship seminar, and Access4All Festival in Limassol.

CSI has prepared a rich and holistic program for the students to experience all the relevant aspects of ceramic creation and get the most out of it. It is very pleasant to see happy faces during each activity and also to see the progress the students have made.