Exhibition Japan and the Netherlands
Japan and the Netherlands have mutually influenced each other through four hundred years of trade, communication, cultural and economic exchanges. The exhibition ‘Japan and the Netherlands’ shows twenty images that portray these influences. These winning images were part of an international photo competition organised by Utrecht-based organisation Inclusive Works. Photographers in Japan and the Netherlands had the opportunity to send in their work. A jury then selected the twenty most inspiring and meaningful images, which are now on display in the old City Hall in Utrecht. The images show great diversity with regard to architecture, food, fashion, literature, animation, graphic and interior design and even religious and spiritual influences. Contributions from Utrecht include those from Thea Simon, Birgit Schuch, Marcel van Willigen, Raymond Eertink and Tjepke Zijlstra. As Laura Coello, director of Inclusive Works, puts it: ‘‘Acquiring knowledge and insights from other cultures increases understanding and interest of those cultures and its people’’. This exhibition was made possible with support of the program Utrecht Connected Worldwide as part of the department of International Affairs of the City of Utrecht.The exhibition is free of charge and on display between Tuesday 4 April and Thursday 27 April 2017 during the opening hours of the old City Hall (Korte Minrebroederstraat 2, Utrecht).
Inclusive Works: one of the 7 European partners in Migrascope
In January 2017 the Eu-funded project Migrascope has taken-off! Inclusive Works is one of the seven European partners in the project. The objective of the project is to increase the access to work and foster integration at the workplace for migrants. By focusing on the capacity building of both migrants and employers, several important objectives will be targeted:
Implement new good practices of integration at the workplace through the method of transnational work-shadowing among employers;
Build the capacity of migrants through better management of their expectations;
Build the capacity of employers by addressing their expectations or disappointments and by breaking stereotypes;
Identify and empower successful migrant entrepreneurs who would act as role models;
Facilitate the access to work and reduce barriers by developing innovative and interactive e-tools.
Write & Unite; our children's stories competition in the news
De Gelderlander, a regional newspaper, published on 23 November 2016 a piece on Write & Unite. The piece draws attention to the fact that one of the winners, Carolijn Leisink winner of the category 1-3 years, is an inhabitant of the region 'Gelderland'.
Photo: Catherine McEntee
Write & Unite 2016: Award Ceremony
Inclusive Works held this year's Write & Unite Award Ceremony at Theater Schiller Place Royale, in Utrecht. The lively event included a friendly welcome, and an interactive discussion with this year’s competitors and their experience of the competition. The Jury Report for the competition was read to the audience and the winners announced. The event was rounded off cheerfully with drinks and mingling. On a more sombre note, the Jury, organisers and audience took a moment to pay their respects to one of the past Jury members, Karen Woets who passed away in November 2016.
The winners of Write and Unite 2016:
Carolijn Leisink for age category 1-3
Alieke Bruins for age category 4-6
Tjepke Zijlstra winner of our photo competition 'Japan & Nederland'
On 27 October 2016, the winners of our "Japan & the Netherlands" photo competition were announced. Director of Japan Museum Sieboldhuis, Kris Schiermeier and Director of Inclusive Works, Laura Coello Eertink, unveiled the winning photos, as choosen by our jury, and gave the three winners their magnificent prizes.
The first prize was awarded to Tjepke Zijstra for his photo 'Hajime, the art of action' taken in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The second one went to Thea Simon for her photo 'Our kitchen table' taken in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The third prize was awarded to Joyce Aalsma for her photo 'Tulips and Windmill papercraft' taken in Tokyo, Japan.
Smile; a small but significant act of inclusion!
2017 has started with some very negative news. Hate, intolerance and exclusion is seen in politics (in the USA), acts of terrorism (against Muslims in Canada) and surge of anti-migrant incidents (as the fire on an refugee centre in Twello, the Netherlands).
What can YOU do? Smile to someone who might be feeling unwelcome. This is a small, but significant act of Inclusion!
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