Your questions may be about any improvements in my idea recently. In this regard I would like to introduce you to some practical steps that I have made before putting my idea into the Openideo community. The beginning of why I focus on a traditional historical craft as a solution to the problem. ‘Ajami is one of the best-known Syrian handcrafts today with a history that goes back at least until the Mamluk era (13th/14th C.). As an integral part of traditional Syrian houses of the upper class in Ottoman times, rooms cladded with this art of painted wood panels were intended for the reception of guests. Today, traditional handcraft production, such as the art of ‘Ajami, is on the verge of extinction as much of the knowledge about this craft is already forgotten. It is only through the continuous dedication of specialized artists like this craft may still be enjoyed and practiced by future generations. It is not only about the arts in general, it is the history and geography that once gathered the people of this region, and we seek to strengthen this culture again.
Through my work in humanitarian organizations for more than 4 years, I know what it is needed to do community projects. Through my work with cultural organizations in Istanbul as Spaces of Cultural, and Istanbul Foundation of Cultural and Arts, there was a challenge: how to convince civil society organizations working on humanitarian issues to adopt cultural projects. I worked on this in Gaziantep, where I was able to cooperate with Bunyan, a Syrian organization working on relief, where we presented a project to UNESCO on reviving traditional Syrian crafts and some Turkish crafts with training workshops. This was done after the meeting with the Municipality of Gaziantep and their commitment to cooperate fully in this framework. We are waiting for approval of the project in December this year.