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Beepart creative workshop

BEEpart (“Be a part”, “bee art” or “bee” in a sense of “common work”) established artistic workshops as a centre of public attraction in Pilaitė, Vilnius; a place for unique ideas to be born and implemented.

All entertainment and events in Vilnius, just as in other post-soviet cities, are concentrated in the centre, usually in the old town. This leaves the bigger part of the city – the so called “dormitory areas” – in a complete cultural standstill.

The workshops concentrate at the local community and international projects. We draw attention to the improvement of local social climate. Various events involving the local community are being organised with the help of volunteers. Higher educational institutions of art, their representatives and private companies are invited to work together as well.

Beepart community house is unique also from architectural point of view.

Our target group is from babies to retired people.

What is happening in our space:

* Regularly working art gallery of different artists (gallery changes each two weeks);
* Firm evenings each Wednesday from 8 p.m. free of charge;
* Weekly meetings of mothers with small kids;
* Board game afternoons for senior people;
* Lectures and training for parents;
* Rent of premises for conferences, seminars, celebrations;
* Organisation of children’s birthdays and parties;
* Educational activities for children and young people (about waste, ecology);
* Organisation of youth leisure;
* New technology development projects twice a month;
* Creativity lessons for kids;
* With the help of volunteers and private companies we created a district’s tourist map and have cleaned up the forest to make it become a real part;
* Since 2011 we organise an international light installation festival “Beepositive” each autumn.

Which other Creative Sectors has the SME worked with?
Design, Performing & Visual Arts

Which other Growth Sectors has the SME worked with?
Environment & Energy, Society & Social Environment, Tourism, Public Administration & Commerce

Were any relationships rewarding?

Step by step bigger companies start to understand value of what we are creating and they begin to support this private initiative, so we can work in larger scale, we can involve more citizens.

How does the SME think it could benefit from other sectors' input?

Our point of interest at the beginning was only geographical Pilaitė district, so that means that we were involving all companies and locals in this area, and surprisingly came very interesting results of all these co-operations. So we are expecting also to get and to collect more various experiences, which we could use in our field. Also we would like to share our experience with others.

What can the SME offer other sectors?

We are very small nongovernmental organisation, but with our activities we are creating additional value for the whole big district. This is important for real estate companies, for shops, other businesses (they can run better). And we don’t have to forget that we are improving social climate.

To what extent would the SME be prepared to share information?

We can share our experience in growing districts value, how to involve community, how to organise events and activities, also community house development questions.

How would the SME describe its potential for cross innovation?

We have done and still doing a big experiment with local government, business, citizens, architecture the process is always shifting. I hope that our flexibility and experience could be interesting for cross innovation.

Out of the 11 Cross Innovation Partner Cities, are there any particular cities with which the SME would like to form a new relationship?
Amsterdam

Are there any particular organisations outside the SMEs home country, with which it would like to connect?

None

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