Check out our past oslo soup winners!
August 27, 2017 Winner – Young Storytellers
In Aaron’s words… “I want to bring The Young Storytellers program to Oslo! YS is a non-profit company based out of Los Angeles, CA. I have been involved with the program for five years. We believe that every child has a story to tell. We connect what is in their hearts with what is in their minds and a story is born! I lead a class with ten students and ten adult mentors and for ten weeks, for an hour each week, we meet at their school and create magic. Each session is led by a head mentor and consists of imaginative physical games, a curriculum dealing with the elements of storytelling and writing a screenplay. At the end of the ten weeks the students have a five page screenplay of their original story. This five page screenplay is then performed by actors on a stage in front of students, parents, faculty and friends. Each child gains something different from the experience but they definitely feel empowered, creative, confident, and happy. This is an awesome program!
Children are the future and creativity matters. Oslo, and Norway, deserve to have their children benefit from this program. Being creative, stepping out of your comfort zone, starting and finishing a project, inspiring others, learning, being a part of a group, gaining confidence. The program is rewarding for the students, the mentors, the community and the school system.”
April 2, 2017 Co-Winners – Norske Sanger Prosjekt & Greenspace Initiative at the Ila Asylum Center
In Bree’s words (Norske Sanger Prosjekt)… “Oslo residents are invited to participate in a project to learn Norwegian folk songs, Norwegian rounds, and songs *inspired* by the folk tradition. The group will also have the opportunity to speak together in both Norwegian and English about Norway and life in Oslo.The conversational aspect of the project will have both a formal component, in the form of a non-compulsary language café before the class each week, and an informal component in the form of the connections and meetings among participants in the weekly classes. The project will be comprised of Norwegians, immigrants who have come to Norway for various reasons of some level of choice (love, work, study) and immigrants with refugee background. (A more or less balanced number of each). The project will be either free for all participants, or very affordable, and free for those who apply for scholarship. (Depending on how much funding received).
The project will run for one year, divided into two semesters: Autumn 2017 and Winter/Spring 2018. At the end of the first semester the group will perform about 5 of their songs at a concert shared with one of the choirs I direct. (Dagsangerne på Sagene, for example). At the end of the year, in June, the group will put on a concert for the Oslo community (for example at “Sentralen”) where they will 1. Perform all the songs they have learned in their time together, 2. speak about their experience with the project and 3. speak about their life in Oslo.”
In Anne-Marthe’s words (Greenspace Initiative)… “The Greenspace Initiative is working group that helps organize gardening projects for refugees and asylum seekers in Norway. Our work focuses on skills development, health, and partnerships. We believe that gardening initiatives generate knowledge sharing and skills beyond agriculture, thus building the capacity of both individuals and communities. This contributes to a healthier and happier life for refugees. This planting season, we are working to establish a garden at the new reception center at Alexander Kiellends plass (Ila). Ila opened its doors in September, 2016 and houses refugees new to Norway from all corners of the globe. It is important to us that this is a community-led project therefore buy-in from refugees is key. So far, we have 14 refugees participating in the project. We have met and begun the design process, including planning for the planting season. Many come from agriculture backgrounds so they are eager to learn about what grows in Norway and eager to get growing. We hope to win money from Oslo soup to start a garden at the Ila reception center.”
December 11, 2016 Winner – Made in Tøyen (Laura and Shamsa)
In Laura’s words… “As founders of two different social enterprises we have 3 things in common: we live in Tøyen, we are women working with other women and we come from East Africa. Together we want to leverage our knowledge, heritage and networks to up-lift Tøyen (our community).
This matters to KULMIS as it is a big part of our work to make the organisation self-sustainable and the members of KULMIS have the opportunity to apply and gain an income from their new skills.
This matters to Tøyen because it is experiencing rapid social change and local communities are missing out or being pushed out. Our goal is to offer the most disengaged the skills to work and define their own narrative.
This matters to Oslo as “Made in Tøyen” celebrates Oslo’s diversity and raises the profile of migrate communities in a positive way.”
August 28, 2016 Winner – Fashion for Good (Deborah Ferrari)
In Deborah’s words… “As a style consultant I want to create a project to work with support groups for people with low self esteem (suffering from depression, eating disorders, etc), helping them to be satisfied and confident about their image. I plan to do it through presentations, one-to-one sessions with the participants, explaining them the colours, styles and shapes which suit them and their personality, making them feel comfortable and happy about their image.
We are living in a period where our image has never been so judged. People are getting obsessed with having the ‘perfect’ body and the frustration for not reaching certain standards not rarely boosts or triggers a psychological disease. Oslo, not different than any other big city, has a lot of people suffering from psychological problems and I truly believe that using the fashion approach can help people to find their own unique beauty and style. My idea is to show people they can feel their best without mirroring in anyone else, but searching for their own style, based in their own personality.”
April 10, 2016 Winner – Oslofjord (Jessica Williams)
In Jessica’s words… “I am on the trail of conspicuous plastic in Oslo. Through regular visits to Oslofjord, I have started a collection of curious plastic artefacts, or “beach plastic”: pieces of styrofoam and plastic that have been molded by the sun and waves to resemble familiar natural objects such as pebbles or shells. Unfortunately there is a seemingly endless supply and my collection grows rapidly.
The project will be manifested in a book of photos and field sketches, from Oslofjord, local grocery stores and construction sties. Why these places? They are where most of the beach plastic originally comes from. The book will be released by Hverdag Books, my new small press. In addition, I will offer tours where I show small groups around the islands in Oslofjord. There we will hunt beach plastic together and I will talk about the history of plastic in Norway. The goal for the project is to highlight our consumption of plastic and how it has affected Oslofjord over recent years.”