The Emerge methodology is a prototype creative process to address pertinent sociocultural challenges.
EMERGE PROJECT #1 : A pop up participatory museum empowering people dealing with everyday life challenges to express in creative ways.
Emerge means to rise up, emerge and start the journey of self acceptance, breaking the disconnection between your exterior image and your inner self. Mental Illness does not discriminate “target groups” based on sex, age, race, religion,or socioeconomic status. It affects us all and has been significantly degrading our sociocultural fabric at a national level. We see Anxiety and Mood Disorders rapidly increasing around us and our local community being regularly struck by suicides. Yet seeking help is considered cowardly, and the vicious circle of fear, shame, loneliness and alienation deepens. What if we could emerge and together as a collective force, fight against the stigma of a depressed nation and heal our personal and collective traumas through culture?
Recently, JOKER the movie sparked a global discussion about the role of society in isolating and perpetuating mental illness. This film makes us think of our own micro-world and how much of the toxic behaviors portrayed appear in our own reality. Mental Health is not a hype, it is not a trend, it is a core human right and a basic human need.
The goal of Emerge is to stand against the social problem of ignoring the importance of mental health and perceiving mental conditions as shameful.To empower the participants to create their own narrative in creative ways. To come one step closer towards their well being.PART-A of the project concerns a group of adults dealing with everyday life challenges that will have the opportunity to explore themselves using many different forms of art as a means of communication and reflection on what we call mental health and well being. PART-B takes the creations of the group to build a pop up participatory museum for the entire local community to visit and interact with. Emerge thus creates in an innovative way a discussion about what mental health is and why it matters to all of us.
The final objective of this initiative is to develop the Emerge methodology as a prototype creative process to address pertinent sociocultural challenges.
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Valentina Sokratous was born in Cyprus and has lived in Alexandroupolis since 2003. She is the Museum Coordinator since 2018 and the Head of Museum Education at the Ethnological Museum of Thrace since 2011 (where she started as a volunteer in 2007), she also leads various community projects and activities with diverse audiences of all ages and is the city leader for Fashion Revolution Greece (an NGO working towards ethical and sustainable fashion). She has a BA in Education, and an MSc in Informal Learning (Democritus University of Thrace). Fond of continuous professional development, she expands her knowledge through seminars, workshops and courses. She loves to combine techniques: historical empathy, performance, improvisation, museum theatre, gastronomy, art and adjust them to site specific and local needs. Although as a child she felt that museums were boring, she now passionately believes that the application of museum education methods to social issues can bring about change and, naturally uses every given opportunity to put that to the test.
Being a START Fellow, Valentina enhances her cultural management skills and discovers new strategies for meaningful impact. Through her initiative EMERGE, a participatory PopUp Museum to empower people with challengers in dealing with life & to promote mental health in Greece, she plans to use this methodology and pop up even more!