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Art for Social Change

Anadolu Kultur

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $160,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2014–June 30, 2016
  • Location Istanbul, Turkey
  • Geographic Focus Turkey

About this grant

The project goal is to encourage, empower, and enable young people in Turkey to be actively engaged in strengthening democratic values and bridging the country’s cultural, ethnic, and social divides. To this end, Anadolu Kultur will link young people in cities in the eastern, predominately Kurdish part of Turkey with young people in cities in the western part of Turkey. Building on the grantee’s previous work in these regions, the project will provide training and support to groups of young people between the ages of 20 and 28 from each region to engage in collaborative photography and film projects aimed at sharing stories about their lives, regions, and communities. The resulting 10 to 12 projects will be widely exhibited in Turkey and used to stimulate discussion and awareness among a broader group of young people. During the previous grant period, the grantee worked with 24 young people from Batman, Canakkale, Diyarbakir, and Izmir to create eight projects addressing a range of topics. Based in Istanbul but working extensively in eastern Turkey, Anadolu Kultur was established in 2002 with the mission of contributing to the development of a pluralist, open-minded society through improved cultural exchange and dialogue across Turkey’s diverse regions and communities.