Community Arts Lab – Research Programme

Workshops of Culture in Lublin in cooperation with Open Territory Foundation and the National Centre for Culture will be conducting a project of social diagnosis of the streets Zamojska, Lubartowska,Żmigród and Bernardyńska that will run until June 2016.

We want to establish an interdisciplinary group of “Winged Explorers” that would map the potential of the districts and active residents. The project involves conducting workshops for the pilot-phase group of explorers who will initially work in the area of four streets.  We plan to develop a model combining research and animation practices that includes comprehensive interventions in the districts.

As part of our activities we will conduct training sessions on research methods that go beyond sociological findings Experts monitoring changes in culture centres, libraries and streetworking that implement strategic programmes on national level will hold meetings with key entities in Śródmieście district that will aim at developing models of communication and cooperatin between residents and cultural institutions that are responsible for allocating funds for local initiatives as well as organizing artist residencies.

We will conclude it with a mini conference at which we will present the results of our research as well as workshops with practicioners from Łódź and Warsaw working with communities in danger of social exclusion. The workshops are for people eager to work in communities that are considered difficult.


We will apply triangulation method and combine various research techniques and methodologies, for instance transect walks and photo obsercations, group interviews, desk research. Our methodology will be based on qualitative research.

Module A: Trainings, research practices and mentoring

The method we will teach and show how it works in practice is  participation action research that is an organizational form of research that helps to change estsblished practices, where a practitioner (teacher, socialworkers, institutional leader, active resident) is at once a researcher and the change maker.

Within this module we will run the following workshops:

  • Introductory workshop : Broad Culture, Introduction to Projective research, Responsibility in the process : for Winged Explorers  and development of educational materials
  • Workshop: “Transect walks as tools of local diagnosis – preparing individual walks”
  • Methodological workshop: “Focus-based work using projective tools” and “ABC of Group Interviews in outreach work”
  • Diagnostic Workshop “Introducing diagnostic tools into outreach work”

We will also run the following supervisory and mentoring events:

  • Mentorship of Transect Walks and photo evaluations
  • Supervision of research process in the area of three streets in the city centre

Module B: Meetings in the field – facilitation

Starting field work and establishing good communication with differentiated stakeholders (often conflicted with one another) is usually “the key to success” and at the same time the most difficult part of the diagnosis. The support of experienced professionals that deal with difficukt conversations, mediation, facilitation and negotiation is vital.  The meetings will be the responsibility of the project’s mentors but we expect Winged explorers and local leaders to take active part. We share the belief that people (local leaders or students) who will volunteer to take responsibility for conducting difficult conversations and for hosting meetings at various streets or adjoining areas (staircases, institutions)  will remain active in this social configuration after the training process within the project ends. We will create comfortable conditions for independent leader activities and initiatives while at the same time maintain mentorship in the form of supervision and orienting the process to a certain goal.

Within this module we will hold two meetings in small groups. The meetings will focus on evaluating the situation, local resources and potential challenges and one larger cross  sectoral meeting.

Module C: Conference and disseminating the results of the diagnosis.

We want to summarise the results of the research process in an open and accessible way. A mini-conference concluding and recapitulating the  activities undertaken seemed the best approach. The meeting will include the following sessions:

Presenting the project and the local research model that has been developed.
Presenting the results of the diagnosis conducted in each of the three streets that will be discussed with the active participation of interns and  staff at local institutions, local leaders and interested residents.

Workshops focused on working with youth in danger of marginalization, conducted by Arkadiusz Orłowski or Tomasz Szczepański from the  Polish Network of  Streework Organizations OSOS and the Society of Pedagogues and Social Animators

Workshop focused on working with adults living in  disadvantaged areas conducted by Jolanta Woźnicka – the Chairwoman of the Centre 0f Promotion and Development and Civic Initiatives in Łódź, an institution that is engaged in social revitalization

All workshops will be taking place simultaneously. They are conceived as means of support for cultural animators, art curators and employees of local institutons in planning activities and selecting tools, methods of communication in work at districts considered difficult. We will use concrete cases that will appear in research process.

Potential for Continuation

Betwenn June and September we will suport the curators of artist residencies and animation activities in this area as the group of Winged Explorers- Consultants. We will share experiences and knowledge drawn from project activities and we will mediate in contacts between “culture personalities” and residents


Marta Henzler – sociologist and pedagogue. She has over 12 years of experience as an instructor ( has conducted over 2000 hours of workshops). She has a Third Class Certificate from  the NGO Trainers’ Association (the highest, supervisory level). She specializes in working with local communities- mobilizing people into action, reconnaissance of local community, builfing partnerships, social communication, conducting environmental education, evaluating social projects as well as in topics dealing with personal and professional development of social animators, pedagogues; she has experience in preparing and conducting training series in the field of preventing discrimination and drawing from diversity. She is the author of a number of publications, including “Participation- citizens in a social space”, Marta Hezler CAL Association, Warsaw 200  ( „Partycypacja – obywatele w przestrzeni społecznej”, Marta Henzler, Stowarzyszenie CAL, Warszawa 2005),  „A handbook for facilitators of partnerships, networks of local and supralocal cooperation”, Marta Henzler, Radlińska Institute, Warsaw 2008 („Poradnik dla facylitatorów partnerstw, węzłów współpracy lokalnej i ponadlokalnej”, Marta Henzler, Instytut Radlińskiej, Warszawa 2008), “Supervision – support and development”, Marta Henzler in “Activation or integration? An invitation to discuss the role of social help and integration institutions “, ed. Barbara Babska, dr  Bohdan Skrzypczak, Centre for Supporting Local Actvity CAL, Warsaw 2011 („Superwizja – proces wsparcia i rozwoju”, Marta Henzler, w: „Aktywizacja czy integracja? Zaproszenie do dyskusji nad rolą instytucji pomocy i integracji społecznej”, red. Barbara Babska, dr Bohdan Skrzypczak, Centrum Wspierania Aktywności Lokalnej CAL, Warszawa 2011)

 Anna Żelazowska – Kosiorek –  political scientist, a member of NGO Trainers’ Association STOP, has over 12 years of experience as a trainer (has conducted over 3000 hours of workshops). She specializes in developing educational programmes and projects as well as scripts and programmes of training, workshop, study visits and other educational situations. She is experienced in conducting social consultations, evaluations and research, also in communities in danger of exclusion. She works as a Partnership Building Consultant for social economy in Łódź voivodeship at the Centre of Promotion and Development of Civic Initiatives OPUS, where she cooperated with 10 communes in order to develop activities in response to the needs of socially excluded groups in the communities.  She has also worked as a Consultant on Evaluation Era Prorgramme, a systematic MEN System programmy of Education Evaluation.In 2014 and 2015 she conducted an original Poland-wide research project, examining the activities of  Street Workers

Paulina Paga –  culture anthropologist and social animator. In her research and training work she combines anthropological perspective, tools from the filed of culture animation, market research and reporter experience.  She gained training qualifications during workshops conducted by the Warsaw multicultural Centre. She facilitated change in culture centre within the programme Culture Centre Plus, National Centre for Culture. In recent years, she has conducted  training for culture institution employees in Lviv, Brest and Lublin as well as in small communes in the Lublin region. For the past 3 years, she has been executing her own original animation project created basing on needs research conducted in the Lublin Housing Association.  She conducts social consultations for Nizio International Design concerning revitalization ideas and facilitates working groups withing socio-cultural consultations

What do we offer ?

  • an opportunity to  complete Student Internships at Workshops of Culture in Lublin, averaging 40 hrs/ month
  •  a complex training programme on preparing social diagnosis for cultural activities; theoretical and practical classes with renowned trainers and streetworkers, supervision during field work.
  • an opportuniuty to co-create the pilot- phase group of Animators-Explores who will develop their own model of mapping the potential of the districts and active residents of Lublin. In subsequent editions, this group will be able to expand their activity to other Lublin districts within the programme Districts of Culture and in cooperation with Workshops of Culture
  •  an oppirtunity to put into practice knowledge about the needs of local communities  whilst carrying out independent animation activities.


To register, plwease fill in the online application form by 14 March 2016. For more information, please write an e-mail to the coordinator of the project Paulina Paga,

We expect to have maximum 15 participants for the training programme . We reserve the right to get in touch only with selected candidate.


  • 11 March, 15:00 |  opening and welcome for entities active in the District | Bernardyńska 11 Studio, instructor: Paulina Paga
  • 14 March. 16:00 – 19:00 |opening meeting | Bernardyńska 11 Studio
  • 19 marca,.12:00 -17:00 | opening workshop : „Broad Culture”, „Introduction to projective Research”,  „Responsibility for the proces” – developing training materials | Bernardyńska 11 Studio
  • 22 march, 13.30 – 16:00 | „Resources Evaluation” – workshop | Bernardyńska 11 Studio
  • 23 march, 15:00 – 19:00 |  „Transect Walk as local diagnosis tools- preparing and developing conclusions from individual walks”, part I  | Bernardyńska 11 Studio
  • 1 April 15:00 |  a walk with Anna Bakiera from the European Foundation for Urban Culture;  socially engaged art projects at Lubratowska Street + photo evaluation
  • 02 kwietnia,0.00-17.30 |  methodological workshops ” Focus-based work using projective tools” and „ABC of group interviews in ourtreach work”, instructor: : Anna Żelazowska Kosiorek and Marta Henzler | Bernardyńska 11 Studio
  • 05 April, 13:00 | a historical walk along Zamojska, Bernardyńska, Wyszyńskiego and Żmigród streets with Marcin Gapski from the Lublin Museum
  • 05 April, 17:00 | Transect walks as tool for local diagnosis – preparing and elaborating conclusions from individual walks” – workshop, part 2 | Bernardyńska 11 Studio, instructor: Paulina Paga
  • 26 April 10:00 – 17:30 | Drawing up the results of the diagnosis and next steps to be taken in individual work of the Animators-Explorers | instructor: Anna Żelazowska Kosiorek and Marta Henzler | Bernardyńska 11 Studio
  • 24 May 10:00 – 17:30 |  diagnostic workshop „Introducing diagnostic tools into outreach work”, instructors: Anna Żelazowska Kosiorek and Marta Henzler | Bernardyńska 11 Studio
  • 11 June 2016 | interactive conferences concluding the project that will include final presentations and workshops with Street Worker

The project is financed by the National Centre of Culture within the programme Culture Centre + Local Initiatives 2016. Co-funded by the City of Lublin