Plegma was founded in 2014 on the island of Skopelos with the aim to engage the public through culture. Its approach is to enable citizens to become actively involved in cultural events, form cultural networks, exchange know-how and provide continuous training to cultural managers. On a yearly basis Plegma organizes an awarded traditional dance festival in Skopelos. It also coordinates a series of open discussions in various Aegean islands, with free admission throughout the year.
The grant regards an extension of the intergenerational program successfully carried out in 2018 on the islands of Skopelos, Skiathos, Syros and Andros. This program will take place on new target islands namely Rhodes, Karpathos, Mykonos, Tinos and Naxos. The program involves bringing together children and elders on a regular weekly basis and through the framework of three topics (stories, games and personal experiences). The program’s aims are on the one hand, for children to record oral history and learn from elders, and in turn for elders to hone their creative skills and combat social exclusion by being a part of these intergenerational workshops. Under the guidance of educational personnel, children will meet with elderly islanders in order to collect stories, games and personal experiences. These narratives, which will act as a trigger for the development of visual works by children, will be recorded and the children's creations and the recordings will be published online.