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Cultural centres in Europe: ‘Sustainability? No more talking, let’s act!’

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Trans Europe Halles – a European network of independent cultural centres – introduces several ongoing projects within the network which tackle sustainability, such as architecture residencies, collective art pieces, and the Trans Europe Halles Think Tank.

transeuropeha_threephotos“The question of sustainability has been central for a long time within Trans Europe Halles. Some of the members of the network, such as ufaFabrik in Berlin, Germany, or Kulturfabrik in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, are leaders in the development of green strategies for the cultural sector.” wrote Anaïd Sayrin in the February newsletter for the network, which had the headline:“Sustainability? No more talking, let’s act!”

“But sustainability is not only an ecological process,” Anaïd Sayrin continued: “It is also about equality and a better distribution of resources, whether they are human, economic, energetic or cultural. Key issues which Trans Europe Halles’ members are facing every day when running an independent cultural centre and working with local communities.”

What is sustainability? The Think Tank met in Paris to work on a common definition and an action plan for the network
At the end of February, several TEH delegates and Secretary General Birgitta Persson gathered in Mains d’Oeuvres (Saint Ouen, France) to discuss sustainability strategies within the network. This first Think Tank organised outside the annual meetings was very inspiring and the team came out with a suggestion for a definition of what “sustainability” means from Trans Europe Halles’ point of view.

On The Resource: 8 Steps to a more sustainable building
Small or big steps, the most important is to get started: this slideshow gives you concrete tips on how to build a sustainable building for your centre.

“Architecture of cultural centre Stanica will never be finished”: Stanica builds a new artistic space using sustainable strategies
TEH Member Stanica (Zilina, Slovakia) is a prominent centre when it comes to leading centre in the transformation of public spaces into cultural places. In 2013, they will build a new space using sustainability strategies, in collaboration with STEALTH.unlimited, discovered during their art performance in TEH Member Röda Sten Konsthall (Gothenburg, Sweden).

In 2012, their efforts have also been rewarded with the Bauwelt Advacement Award for the renovation of a synagogue in Zilina. In 2014, a new cultural centre and international gallery space will be opened in this building. There is only one condition to make this dream come true – to find one million euro.

What if bikes were not only made for biking? A new collaboration between Not Quite and Manifatture Knos
A collaboration between TEH Members: Karl Hallberg (Not Quite, Sweden), the so-called rural centre of Trans Europe Halles, is organising a workshop in Manifatture Knos (Lecce, Italy) to build bikes with alternative functions in order to make biking more attractive. It is also for him an opportunity to learn more on how manager Michele Bee and his team run their cultural centre and develop their projects. Different contexts, different points of view: no doubt that this journey will be inspiring for both of them!

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Endangered Mexican wolves howl into Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. (August 29, 2011) — There’s a new animal in town. That’s right, El Lobo is invading Tucson for two weeks this September. Fifty pieces of original art, silhouettes representing the last Mexican wolves alive in the wild, will be displayed on buildings throughout the city in a community-wide celebration of the Mexican wolf’s return to the Southwest.

On Thursday, Sept. 1 from 6-8 p.m. join Defenders of Wildlife and local artist, Lauren Strohacker, for a reception kicking off the citywide (No)where, (Now)here art display and  accompanying Where’s El Lobo scavenger hunt contest, which aims to increase public awareness of the challenges facing this rare and critically endangered species.

The Where’s El Lobo contest runs from Sept. 3 – 17, and Tucson residents will have a chance to win an Apache Wilderness Journey for two (a $3,000 value) and other cool prizes. All they have to do is find El Lobo. The art pieces will be hosted by local businesses, Ward offices, participating libraries and organizations across the city.

WHO:  Artist Lauren Strohacker:

Defenders of Wildlife

Congressman Raul Grijalva (Guest Speaker)

Supervisor Richard Elias (Guest Speaker)

Council Member Steve Kozachik (Guest Speaker)

WHAT:  Artist Reception and kickoff event for Where’s El Lobo

WHEN: Thursday September 1, 2011 from 6 – 8 p.m.

WHERE:  La Cocina Restaurant in Old Town Artisans

201 N. Court Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701

CONTACT:  Keely Sinclair: Southwest Coordinator, Defenders of Wildlife    520-623-9653 x106

Apache Wilderness Tour –