In Udmurtia has ended a regional competition called “Cultural Mosaic of Towns and Villages”, which is designed to promote and support the sociocultural initiatives by members of small communities in Udmurtia.
In all, the competition received 306 entries from all 25 rural districts of the republic and the towns of Mozhga and Kambarka. The greatest number of submissions was from the Igra District and the town of Mozhga. It was won by 33 projects; the average amount of grant for the implementation of each of them will be 250,000 roubles. The projects are expected to be implemented between May 2020 and February 2021.
Among the winners are a robotics festival, inclusive workshops, family programmes for Udmurt language classes, travelling exhibitions, music laboratories with folk instruments, proposals to set up resource centres for rural initiatives and museum projects.
Apart from expert advice and funding, the winning teams will be eligible for training and study placement with culture centres in other regions. E.g., they are to attend three on-campus workshops (in the city of Izhevsk, the village of Adam and the city of Perm) and two placements on a competitive basis in the town of Totma (Vologda Oblast) and the city of Tolyatti (Samara Oblast).
Vladimir Solovyov, Minister for Culture of the Udmurt Republic: I believe that round one of Cultural Mosaic of Udmurtia has been a success. We chose landmark projects for both individual territories and the republic at large. The next step is to implement these projects, which, I am confident, will bring socially significant changes to small communities and will set the stage for other local private initiatives. I jokingly call the ministry of culture “the ministry of joy” because culture must bring joy and happiness to people. Now, thanks to the new cultural projects, the residents of towns and rural districts in Udmurtia will have other reasons to feel happy and opportunities to be creative together.
Aleksandr Shamshurin, deputy head of Igra District, the Udmurt Republic: Cultural Mosaic of Udmurtia was won by three projects from our Igra district. They are multi-faceted, but all three have a social dimension. The Children and We project will deliver a place for face-to-face interactions between children with disabilities. Whereas cities do have such facilities, and such kids are taken good care of on an organized basis, efforts to this end are in their infancy in our small communities. The Generous Sheep project will provide self-employment for the locals, who will be taught a traditional Udmurt craft — sheep wool processing — in a new workshop. The My Kushya project will instil patriotism in schoolchildren and collect historical material about the Kushya joint station, which played a major role during the war years. I hope that the winning projects will drive growth in our district and promote civic engagement among the locals.
Yelena Konovalova, programme manager, the Timchenko Foundation: We have been running the Cultural Mosaic of Towns and Villages competition nationwide since 2014. This is the first year of a special statewide competition, Cultural Mosaic of Udmurtia, which has done much better than expected. The number of the submissions was nearly twice our projection. We are happy that Udmurtia’s towns and villages see new projects and teams that will usher in positive changes working in coordination with local communities. They are key to launching the processes of transition from ‘survival’ to ‘growth’ in the territories.
The Cultural Mosaic of Udmurtia competition is sponsored by the government of the Udmurt Republic and the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko. In February 2020, Aleksandr Brechalov, Head of the Republic of Udmurtia, and Ksenia Frank, Chair of the Timchenko Foundation’s Supervisory Board, signed an official cooperation agreement.
The competition is being organized by Soobshchestvo [Community] Foundation, the Krainosty [Extremes] creative agency, DondyDor ANO [independent not-for-profit organisation (INO)], UR Ministry of Culture and UR Ministry of National Policies with support from the Timchenko Foundation.