I believe that I owe my interest in cultural policy to my father, who has been passionate about local politics in my hometown of Tarnowskie Góry. When I was in high school, he asked me to type on my computer his handwritten columns to the local press. Initially, I protested – but after a while I began to like this task and it became our weekly ritual. Naturally, I started formulating my own opinions as well as looking for other sources on cultural and social activism.
Studies of Culture Management at the Jagiellonian University also helped. The course was a combination of theory and practice, not far from actual realities of work in the field of culture, which I only understood much later.
The interest in cultural policy only grew when I started working in this difficult, underfunded sector. The work environment in a non-governmental organization requires constant analysis of the legal situation, seeking solutions and building dialogue between various entities.
I gathered my experience in the field of cultural policy by helping to edit the Strategy for the Development of Culture in Tarnowskie Góry for the years 2010-2020, and defending with honors the master’s thesis on participatory models of public art institutions From critique of institution to critical institution – critical museum and social functions of art in 2012.
In 2016-2017, I coordinated the working group on education and culture for the local branch of left wing political party Razem. Our recommendations were included in the document Razem for Culture.
At the same time, in 2016 I assisted in preparing the report created by Ad Arte Foundation, commissioned by Estrada Poznańska: Film culture in Poznań – current status and development prospects.
In 2018, I took part in workshops that ended with the formulation of a Local Government Charter for Culture and Non-Congress of Culture Animators. In the fall, I also participated in the process of creating cultural policy programs for various parties in local government elections.
Since 2017, I have been active in the Citizens’ Dialogue Commission at the Culture Department of the Poznań City Hall. In 2017, I was the committee secretary, in 2018 and 2019 – the chairwoman of the committee. I am currently a member of the presidium.
In 2019, I was employed as an expert assessing applications in an open funding program for cultural initiatives by the Culture Department of the Poznań City Hall. In 2019 and 2020, on behalf of Citizens’ Dialogue Commission, I also took part in the deliberations of the Committee of the Artistic Award of the City of Poznań, which awards artistic prizes and scholarships for young artists.
In 2019, opposing the plans to reduce the budget for culture in Poznań, I formulated together with Agata Rosochacka an open letter Stop the cuts in culture, which was signed by several hundred people from all over Poland.