WaveforMe is the first international project dedicated to promoting the creative potential of young people with hearing impairments, wearers of cochlear implants/hearing aids. During six months, the project targets an awareness campaign with social, educational and cultural reach.
With the first stage, the interdisciplinary working-group will hold 3 workshops, consisting of 5 meetings each, focusing on visual arts, public speaking and percussion. The free workshops will benefit 24 hearing-impaired adolescents living in Romania (ages 14-18).
Simultaneously, the working-group will develop a platform that will host a virtual art gallery – an exhibition space dedicated to hearing-impaired adolescents and preadolescents living in Romania or abroad. The exhibition will include both contributions created during the visual arts workshop and contributions received following a national and international open call.
The third component of the project involves creating and broadcasting a series of 6 podcasts with guests from Romania and abroad – hearing-impaired adults working in the field arts and culture. Through these videos, the organizers want to bring together people of different geographical backgrounds, who share similar experiences, interests and needs, offering hearing-impaired teenagers the chance to discover exactly the kind of influencers they need.
A mobile exhibition, presented in four Romanian cities: Sibiu, Timisoara, Iasi and Bucharest, where members of the deaf community, educational and socio-cultural experts will be invited, contained a selection of the works exhibited in the virtual gallery and summarized the entire project.
The evolution of the whole project can be followed on the Facebook page “WaveforMe” and on Instagram, waveforme.var.
* Cultural project co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund.
** The project does not necessarily represent the position of the National Cultural Fund Administration. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or how the project results may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.
Partners : Romanian National Association of the Hearing Impaired in Romania – Listen to Life, “European Federation of Parents of Children with Hearing Impaired ” ( FEPEDA ) , “Audiosofia ” Association, “ Immigration Research Forum ” (IRF) Washington DC, Koala Verbal Hearing Rehabilitation Association, Aures Foundation, ASTRA – Sibiu County Library , Hermes Association for Contemporary Art ( Calpe Gallery) – Timişoara , “ Moldova ” National Museum Complex – Iaşi , “ ATELIER 030202 ” Gallery – Bucharest , B- Critic , Bucharest FM, IQads , MODERNISM, Propagarta, Revista Cultura, Radio România Cultural, VIVA FM.
Cultural project, co-funded by The National Administration of Cultural Fund.
The project does not necessarily represent the position of The National Administration of Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the project’s content or the way the results of the project can be used. They are entirely the beneficiary of the funding sole responsibility.
- Vero Nica: project manager / documentary filmmaker / communication assistant
- Magda Cernea: psychologist / audiologist / playwright
- Andu Dumitrescu: creator of visual content / itinerant exhibition concept
- Anamaria Brașov: coordinator of the editorial section
- Mihai Pilcă: promotion specialist
- Teodor Stan: Diaspora Communications Officer, President of the Immigration Research Forum, Washington DC
- Alex Gelehrter: visual artist – production and postproduction of podcasts
- Stanca Jabenițan: coordinator of public speaking workshop
- Alex Neagu: percussion workshop coordinator
- Sorana Țopa : visual arts workshop coordinator
- Baltesiu Nicoleta Bianca : translator