For these workshops 22 youth board members, between ages 18-25 years old, took part. The workshop was designed to deliver a clear understanding about cultural mapping, its importance and implementation in order to preserve and promote cultural heritage and museum narratives. The workshop was delivered in different phases of practice activity in physical spaces where the participants could learn about interactive communication through local content and context.
Cultural mapping has been recognized by UNESCO as a crucial tool and technique in preserving the world's intangible and tangible cultural assets. It is essential to understand the factors that influence perceptions of places, paying particular attention to personal and community interpretations of culture.
The workshop included:
Introduction of cultural mapping
Describing the steps of cultural mapping
Group work: identifying local context and inspiration for Interactive communication design
Basic practice of interactive communication
Selection of topic for communication
First draft of activity outcome
Proof check of the historical narration
Developing final text
Developing drawings from local inspirations
Demonstration of scroll making
Final scroll making
Documenting the final presentation
We connected passionately and emotionally with the process. We realized how much love, dedication and hard work you need to work creatively.
The Participants were divided into four groups, each with a selected site to work with and each group named after a mango from Rajshahi. The workshop was in three sessions. In the first session we introduced the process to the participants and wrote the “puthi”, in the second session we made the scroll and in the third session we documented them.
Participants collected basic data by discussion about their selected heritage sites. They did some online research and gathered information. Then they blended this with narratives by a local scholar from Rajshahi.
The collected data was divided into segments to align information in a puthi format
For mapping method, they focused on interactive mapping and used puthi writing style so that the it connected with the local audience. Also, the visual representation was a scroll painting which connects with local traditional pattern that everyone could easily interact with.
At the end of the workshop each group presented their work, this was an opportunity to reflect on what they had learnt and share their experience. The workshop was also an opportunity for the Youth Board to learn new skills by creating the painted scrolls, and to develop their analytic skills by using cultural mapping to engage with their heritage.