The project "We Bring Children Together with Art" initiated by Özay Günsel Children's University to support their imaginations by bringing children together with art will reach all children of the country. A cooperation protocol was signed between Özay Günsel Children's University and the TRNC Ministry of National Education and Culture to implement the project. With the protocol signed by Minister of National Education and Culture Olgun Amcaoğlu and Özay Günsel Children's University Rector Prof. Dr. Filiz Meriçli , students from all primary, secondary and high schools in Northern Cyprus will be able to participate in the "We Bring Children Together with Art" project.
With the project, it is aimed that children who are away from their schools and met with distance education due to the coronavirus pandemic have developed self-confidence by turning their imaginations into products during the pandemic days in the world.
Artworks to be realized through children's imagination
Students will write stories, poems and compositions about the artworks of award-winning painters taking place at the Günsel Art Museum in Nicosia Dereboyu, the Günsel Office Museum on the Near East University Campus, and the Nicosia Walled City Museum, within the scope of the project "We Bring Children Together with Art" initiated by Özay Günsel Children's University.
As in the Özay Günsel Children's University programs, children will be grouped according to their age as Earth (6-8 years old), Sun (9-11), Galaxy & Universe (12-17). Three works, which are determined by the project pre-jury for each age group, will be delivered to the schools in digital environment, and children will be asked to write stories, poems or compositions using their imaginations. Stories and compositions that pass the preliminary jury review will be evaluated by the grand jury in terms of content, expression and writing rules, and the top three rankings for each age group will be determined.
The deadline for children to send their stories and compositions, which they will write using their imaginations after being influenced by the works of the painters, is set as May 17, 2021. The stories and compositions will be sent via email to email@example.com
The results will be announced at 19 May Youth Week
Students who are awarded by the grand jury will be announced on May 19 Youth week and will be rewarded with various presents. In addition, the stories and compositions of all the children who were placed and passed the pre-elimination will be published as an e-book called "A Child's View to Artworks". It will be presented as a gift to the participating academicians coming from Turkic World to the World Children Congress held between 21-23 May by Özay Günsel Children's University.
Minister of National Education and Culture Olgun Amcaoğlu: "I believe that this project will make a great contribution to our children, who are our future, and make them gain a universal vision by growing together with art."
Emphasizing the importance of the “We Bring Children Together with Art” project, which will be implemented with the support of the Ministry of National Education and Culture, Minister of National Education and Culture Olgun Amcaoğlu said, “Providing support to this project, which I believe is a great contribution to our children, who are our future, is a must and responsibility of us as it will make our children gain a universal vision in art." Stating that the Günsel Family established a rich cultural and artistic life in the TRNC with the museums founded, Olgun Amcaoğlu said, "I thank the Günsel Family and Özay Günsel Children's University who pioneered the meeting of art with our children."
Prof. Dr. Filiz Meriçli: "We want to support our children in creating works that they will be proud of in the future."
Özay Günsel Children's University Rector Prof. Dr. Filiz Meriçli emphasized the importance of children growing up with art and said that they aim to create permanent bonds between children and art with the project “We Bring Children Together with Art”. Stating that the works to be determined according to age groups will activate children's imaginations and turn into stories, poems and compositions, Prof. Dr. Meriçli said, “We want to support our children in creating works that they will be proud of in the future; We will continue the projects that will enable them to discover their own talents and develop their product creation skills.” Emphasizing that the support of the Ministry of National Education and Culture has also honored them, Prof. Dr. Filiz Meriçli concluded her words saying "I would like to thank the school administrators and teachers who will contribute to the announcement of our project to all students. We know very well that future generations will grow up with the contributions of our valuable teachers.”