Join us at Blitz contemporary arts space in Valletta (68, St Lucy Str.) on 28 March at 6.30pm for an ACMlab session organised by ACM in collaboration with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ. We are hosting a panel discussion investigating concrete opportunities and recommendations relating to inclusivity and how young creatives can find their space in the arts.

We are seeking voices that have not been heard, to engage them in dialogue aimed at achieving greater equity and sustainability and more inclusive growth in cultural life.

Listen to experiences of personalities actively engaged in the arts, share your ideas with other artists and cultural operators, and join us for drinks.

Entities joining us at the ACMlab will include:

- Aġenzija Żgħażagħ: Maria Borg
- Design Cluster: Caldon Mercieca
- Naqsam il-MUŻA: Kristina Borg
Naqsam il-MUŻA is a collaboration between MUŻA and Valletta 2018 Foundation.

This session will be held on 28 March at 6.30pm at Blitz, Valletta.

Maria Borg
Maria C. Borg has worked with young people for the past 16 years with experiences in formal and non-formal settings. She has extensive experience in the field of project work with young people. She is warranted as a professional youth worker and is particularly keen on supporting young people to engage as active citizens and proactive contributors to our society. Her work profile at Aġenzija Żgħażagħ includes co-ordinating various initiatives supporting youth organisations, musical tuition of young people in band clubs and the interdisciplinary residency programme in Artivisti, an initiative supporting emerging young creatives, in collaboration with Arts Council Malta.

Kristina Borg
Kristina Borg is a visual artist and an art educator. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from the University of Malta (2009) and a Master’s degree in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies from the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan (2015). She employs an interdisciplinary artistic practice that focuses on socio-political issues in urban-collective spaces. Her research strives to create projects involving experiential processes through which she seeks to relate and enter into direct dialogue with the community and/or the place.

Kristina is involved in several community art projects and is currently managing one of the Valletta 2018 Foundation projects entitled Naqsam il-MUŻA (Sharing MUŻA), in collaboration with Heritage Malta – the scope of this project is to connect the local communities to the national art collection. She previously created and coordinated various art projects for children and teens, including a socio-communitarian art project for young inmates. Her works have been exhibited in Malta, Milan, Salerno, Perugia, Munich, Dusseldorf, Vienna, Vorarlberg, Leeuwarden, Haarlem and Brussels. Kristina also placed first in the 3rd edition of Divergent Thinkers (2014) – a project for emerging artists based in Malta. Photo by Jean Pierre Gatt.



Caldon Mercieca
Caldon Mercieca is project leader of the Valletta Design Cluster, a project led by the Valletta 2018 Foundation. He is a co-author of the National Cultural Policy (2011) and of the National Strategy for the Cultural and Creative Industries (2013). Since 2008, he has worked directly on the development and implementation of several public funding initiatives related to culture and the arts. and is currently also actively engaged with the Valletta 2018 Foundation’s research programme, with particular interest in the areas of cultural mapping and the urban impact of the ECOC programme.