Background and Experience:
Details / Brief Presentation of the organization:
MOSAIC // Culture & Creativity is a Social Enterprise established in Patras, Greece in 2018.
Since then, the organisation supports Cultural and Social innovation and Creativity by mentoring and guiding creative ideas and projects, artists, creators, entrepreneurs, start-ups and young people, generating meaningful synergies between the grassroot organisations, local stakeholders the public and private sector.
Their mission is to promote Cultural and Creative Sector (CCS) in Greece, to empower Creative Organisations increasing their entrepreneurial and extroversion mentality and to study and monitor the contribution of CCS to local development, the economy and social cohesion.
In May of 2021, MOSAIC moved to a brand-new venue, offering a unique collaborative space, building an open community of creative individuals, professionals and start-ups from different cultural backgrounds.
During the last three years, MOSAIC, designed and developed a range of services and activities addressed to the Cultural and Creative Organizations, the Artists and the Civil Society stakeholders, taking into consideration intercultural engagement, gender balance and multidisciplinary interconnections. Some of them are:
MOSAIC provides personalized guidance and counselling, developing, improving and transforming early-stage concepts and initial ideas, into high-innovation and social impact business ventures, giving them the conditions for extroversion and international synergies.
MOSAIC organise and host various training and capacity activities, focusing on Cultural Management, Entrepreneurship and Creative Economy. Seminars, Workshops, Masterclasses, Summer-Schools, based on participatory planning and having transnational dimension and participation, are on the monthly schedule.
MOSAIC provides high quality Consulting and Studying Services related to Cultural Management, Strategic Planning, Mapping and exploitation of the local Creative Economy for both Local Government and Public Organizations as well as for cultural organizations and private sector groups.
Studies and surveys regarding current issues and trends for creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation and developments in the arts and culture sector, identifying and highlighting opportunities at regional and national level and proposing sustainable and viable policies and strategies. We map out the potential and dynamics of each industry and transfer ideas and good practices from other areas or countries.
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Although it is a relatively young organisation, MOSAIC // Culture & Creativity is already cooperating with major public and private entities and institutes in Greece being able to demonstrate important achievements and results.
MOSAIC has been commissioned by the Region of Western Greece, the Municipality of Patras and the Chamber of Commerce of Achaia, under the EU funded project SPARC - Interreg Greece Italy 2014-2020, and successfully delivered a detailed mapping survey and context analysis of the Culture and Creative Sector in the Western Greece including a detailed training needs assessment. It is the first Regional Mapping Survey for the entrepreneurial dimension of Cultural and Creative sector in Greece which gives MOSAIC the opportunity to have a detailed, fully comprehensive and exhaustive knowledge of the sector in the Region. In addition, we studied, and compared in a consolidated report, the similarities, the common challenges and needs between the stakeholders of the Sector in the two countries Greece and Italy (eligible regions)
MOSAIC has been also commissioned to study and map the incubation and acceleration services addressed to the creative start-up ecosystem in the Western Greece Region within the framework of “TRACES - Interreg Greece Italy 2014-2020” project.
MOSAIC is also collaborating the Hellenic Open University, by being a Major Sponsor in the “Entrepreneurship Innovation Contest” organised by the two Institutes, offering mentoring, coaching and counselling sessions to the winning start-ups coming from the field of Culture and Creativity.
Recently, we have been assigned by the Regional Municipal Theatre of Patras and organised with great success, a specific Audience Development workshop for the local Theatre Ecosystem and we have been commissioned by the Municipality of Patras to deliver a number of workshops dedicated to Carnival Organisations regarding Costume and Mask Design and 3D Printing (again under the SPARC, Interreg GR-IT Programme)
In cooperation with Theatre Lithografeion, (the biggest local private Theatre Organisation) we are implementing the “Creative Atelier” initiative, an incubator that support, young people, local artists or early stage entrepreneurs in the cultural and creative sector, to develop their projects, creative start-ups, cultural products and enterprises and to create an active network between them.
During the last year, MOSAIC has successfully completed a number of research and needs analysis surveys on different ERASMUS projects. To mention a few, in the framework of CreatEU project, it was the lead Organisation for the survey regarding the Entrepreneurial competences and skill for the Cultural Professionals and for the YOUSTARproject will undertake a survey and a methodological approach to use theatre as a tool for enhancing creativity and social inclusion tailored to the needs of youngsters.
Expertise and Skills of the Key staff:
MOSAIC consists of a multidisciplinary team of experienced professionals, covering different aspects of the Creative sector. Our main project team consist of:
GEORGE SARLIS / Co-Founder:
George is a Cultural Manager (MSc), EU and International Relations Expert (BA & MSc), and Consultant on EU Funding Initiatives and Grants.
He has gained extensive experience in Local Authorities and governance in Greece. For almost a decade he was working as a Project Coordinator at Patras Municipal Enterprise for Planning and Development – ADEP SA (2004 – 2010) and then he was the Mayor’s Consultant on Development Issues at Patras Municipality (2011-2013).
As an EU Project consultant he had been involved in a wide range of projects and initiatives both in the implementation process as a coordinator or a team member and in development of proposals and application procedures.
ANDREAS TSILIRAS / Co-Founder:
Andreas is a Cultural Manager (Msc). He graduated from the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Patras in Greece, he has completed postgraduate studies in Environmental Sciences (University of Patras) and in Cultural Units Management (Hellenic Open University).
Since 1992, he has been active in media and adult education. From 1998 to date, he is the editor of “To Donti” publications (The Tooth).
Since 2004 he is working professionally in the management and implementation of national and European projects in the fields of culture, communication and environmental awareness. In this framework, it has collaborated with numerus Local Authorities mainly in Greece.
TONIA SATOU / Project Manager
Tonia is a Project Manager in cultural sector and a Certified Translator (GR/EN/FR/IT). Tonia graduated from the Ionian University and the Department of Foreign Languages Translation & Interpreting in 2017. After that, she completed her MA at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (2019), in European & International Studies.
She has worked as a trainee translator for the European Commission and as a museum guide. She has been certified on Digital Marketing.
Projects participated in last 3 years
|Year||Programme||Agreement Number||Organisation||Title of project|
|2019||ERASMUS+ (KA347)||2019-2-TR01-KA347-078728||Municipality of Tepebası (TR)|| Youth Ideas, Sustainable Cities
(Genç Fikirler Sürdürülebilir Şehirler)
|2020||ERASMUS+ (KA204)||2020-1-AT01-KA204-078073||Akademie für Politische Bildung und Demokratiefördernde Maßnahmen (AT)||PACT - Political Activism & Critical Thinking|
|2020||ERASMUS+ (KA204)||2020-1-SE01-KA204-077799||Stiftelsen Drivhuset Göteborg (SE)||CreatEU - Entrepreneurship Up-skilling Education for Creatives|
|2020||ERASMUS+ (KA227)||2020-1-IT03-KA227-020563||Centro Interculturale Artistico Siciliano - La Guilla (ΙΤ)||YOuth workers USing Theatre Augmenting cReativity|
|2020||ERASMUS+ (KA227)||2020-1-PL01-KA227- 095748||Instytut Pracy i Edukacji (PL)||Creative at Home|