The objective of the initiative is to give RACI the capacity to develop an independent culture space in Yaroslavl.

Yaroslavl is a dynamic city with increasing young population interested in creative industries and the arts. The challenge is to allow the emergence of an independent art scene, engaging local audiences to explore societal challenges and opportunities in current Russia. In dialogue with local authorities, the project is investigating to become a pilot for urban development where artists and culture spaces becomes an engine for social transformation. Expected results are, through exploring social values through art and culture and mobilisation of city-activists and progressive audiences, show the potential of participatory processes where local government is included.