Jerusalem24 – The Pro Terra Sancta Association and the Museum of Terra Sancta-Holy Land in the Old City of Jerusalem has launched a competition: “As old as an olive tree, as young as its fruit”. The competition aims to encourage Palestinians over the age of 18 (individuals or companies) to innovate by taking inspiration from the archaeological and artistic collections of the Terra Sancta Museum and creatively reconfiguring them to develop unique and modern designs, as young as green olives, but inspired by the ancient artifacts of the Palestinian olive tree.
Sara Cibin, project manager, tells Jerusalem24 that the project takes on the deep meaning of archaeology and the connection with the local community, to engage with their identity, history, and daily life.
The museum will work on promoting the contestants’ work by displaying their artworks in the museum during the competition period, and inviting journalists and partner institutions to participate in the exhibition day when they announce the results of the competition.
The “Heritage Story” project is an educational initiative dedicated to Palestinian youth, which seeks to reach 10,000 Palestinian students between the ages of 5 and 18, in addition to 2,000 Palestinian youths between the ages of 18 and 30, as well as 200 Palestinian families from East Jerusalem.
The project started to establish a specialized team of local and international experts, as the team provides a job training program for local graduates while paying special attention to access and integration. Through creating a network of relationships with civil society organizations and other local museums, “Hekaya Turath” seeks to involve East Jerusalem schools in developing educational and educational activities and to participate in the design of tools tailored to their needs.
“We are trying to create a very welcoming environment, working with the local community and partnering with associations,” says Cibin. “We’re opening now a part of the project that is dedicated to people with visual disabilities. We’re trying to invite the local community to this welcoming atmosphere.”
“There’s a place for everyone to express their feelings.”
Listen to the full interview on Vibes.