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Region Skåne's prize Kulturpaletten, 100,000 crowns, to After School

What children have to say is taken very seriously. And After School has developed a high quality in its cultural activities.That is why the project at Gamlegården library has been awarded Region Skåne's Kulturpaletten prize of 100,000 crowns.
– Amazing! I'm still up in the clouds, says project leader Sarah Granholm.
Kristianstad • Publicerad 25 november 2021 • Uppdaterad 25 november 2021
Magnus Lunderquist, ordförande i kulturnämnden Region Skåne delar ut priset till Alma Abuzarad, Edina Cosabic, Ilona Geiger, Sarah Granholm och Alva, Alexander Magnusson och Hassan Ali Mahmoud.
Magnus Lunderquist, ordförande i kulturnämnden Region Skåne delar ut priset till Alma Abuzarad, Edina Cosabic, Ilona Geiger, Sarah Granholm och Alva, Alexander Magnusson och Hassan Ali Mahmoud.
Foto: Kristianstads kommun

The prizegiving ceremony was on Wednesday in Dunkers Kulturhus in Helsingborg.

”So many people have played an important part in this. There's a whole crowd of us, and the children too”
Sarah Granholm

Congratulations on winning the prize!

– It really feels amazing! Being a new mum has taken up all my time, and now this prize. Two terrific things. I'm still up in the clouds, says project leader Sarah Granholm.

– So many people have played an important part in this. There's a whole crowd of us, and the children too, she says.

Alma Abuzarad, Edina Cosabic och Ilona Geiger.
Alma Abuzarad, Edina Cosabic och Ilona Geiger.
Foto: Kristianstads kommun

Sarah Granholm has been in charge of the project since it started in 2019. Its aim is to reach out to children who have no contacts with culture and create a meeting-place with free activities for the 10-12 age-group.

– We want to get children engaged in activities that are already established at Barbacka, for example. We have worked alongside Barbacka and Kristianstad Fritidsgårdsforum. We've done things by trial and error, she says.

Alexander Magnusson och Cecilia Nilsson, bibliotekarier på Gamlegårdens bibliotek, med diplomet.
Alexander Magnusson och Cecilia Nilsson, bibliotekarier på Gamlegårdens bibliotek, med diplomet.
Foto: Kristianstads kommun
”We've learnt that we must have activities on the spot, at the library”
Sarah Granholm, project leader

– We've learnt that we must have activities on the spot, at the library, and that there must be a feeling of security. And we have outings to activities at other places.

The children can take part in creative art, dance and IT.

–The children have talked a lot about slime, that they have been allowed to work with that, laughs Sarah Granholm.

Several of the children have come often.

– That shows that what we're doing has a lasting effect.

After School is still at the project stage.

– We're working to have it made permanent. That's what we hope. Now we've started After School at the town library and in the library in Tollarp. Our dream is to have it spread to more branches.

Rama visar upp en teckning hon gjort på After school, Gamlegårdens bibliotek. Hon deltog i After school hösten 2020.
Rama visar upp en teckning hon gjort på After school, Gamlegårdens bibliotek. Hon deltog i After school hösten 2020.
Foto: Sofyan Aswad
”The children can help to decide what the money is to be used for”
Marcus Cato, acting project leader

100,000 crowns is a lot of money. What will it be used for?

– Yes, It's as much as what we have in our annual budget. The children can help to decide what the money is to be used for, says Marcus Cato, acting project leader, who was also present at the celebration in Helsingborg.

– We didn't dare hope we would win.

In the motivation to the prize it says that ”what children have to say is taken very seriously in After School.”

And also: ”2021's recipient of Kulturpaletten has developed a meeting-place which offers a broad spectrum of cultural activities for 9-12-year-olds. Since 2018 the staff has worked consistently and enthusiastically to reach out to all the children in the area.”

Facts

After school

Began as a project in 2018 with activities once a week at Gamlegården library. After School co-operates with Kristianstads Fritidsgårdsforum and Barbacka. The children have been able to choose between dance and creative art, and also IT.

This autumn there have been four groups with 13-20 children in each. All 9-12-year-olds are welcome.

Monday and Wednesday next week mark the end of this term, with an evaluation of the autumn's activities.

On Monday at 4 pm an exhibition of the term's work will be opened. And celebrated with cake for everyone.

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