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NCCA Volga-Vyatka region branch
About the branch

NCCA was created in 1994 in Moscow; it became the first federal state specialized museum, exhibition and research contemporary art organization in Russia. NCCA is an institution within the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

Since foundation of NCCA, its priority area of activity is support and development of contemporary art in the Russian regions. NCCA branches operate in Saint-Petersburg (North-West), Vladikavkaz (North-Caucasus), Yekaterinburg (Ural), Kaliningrad (Baltic), Nizhny Novgorod (Volga-Vyatka), Samara (Middle Volga), Tomsk (Siberia). NCCA in Moscow coordinates and finances activities of the branches.

NCCA in Nizhny Novgorod was founded in 1997 at the premises of the Kariatida – Nizhny Novgorod center of contemporary culture. It was re-named into Volga branch in 2007 with establishment of sub-branches in Samara, Izhevsk, Kirov and Kazan. For the purpose of clear identification of branches according to territorial location it was re-named into Volga-Vyatka branch when NCCA in Samara was registered as Middle Volga branch.
Volga-Vyatka region branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts is the only museum and exhibition institution in Nizhny Novgorod which aim is to develop contemporary art in the broader context of contemporary culture. Mission of the branch: "Arsenal is the space of artistic communication for development of a man and territory.”

Activity of the branch:
• Support of contemporary art and culture initiatives;
• Development of cultural environment of Nizhny Novgorod;
• Improvement of living quality of the Nizhny Novgorod population: organization of diverse cultural entertainment for people of different age and interests;
• Investments into the region’s human capital: intellectual and creative development of children and youth.
NCCA Volga-Vyatka region branch is located in the heart of the city, in the Arsenal historical building (built in 1843), architectural monument of federal significance. Since 2011 the Arsenal's space was 1700 sq.m., after completion of restoration works the total area will be 7000 sq.m.

Branches of activities.

Exhibitions. One of the actively developing areas of activity is creation of own projects based on curatorial researches and museum collaboration, as well as on study and presentation of the new generation art.
Besides, the Exhibition Department works on implementation and development of successful experience of international institutional exchange through creation of projects in collaboration with colleagues from other countries.

Events. The Department of Special Events works on development of one of the most perspective areas of activity - interdisciplinary and synthetic projects, based on synthesis of different forms of contemporary culture: contemporary art, contemporary music, contemporary theatre, contemporary dance.

Department of Contemporary Culture.
Systematic formation of community of participants, consumers, translators of contemporary culture is one of the top-priority strategic missions of the branch. One of the leading parts in achievement of this mission belongs to the Department of Contemporary Culture, created in autumn of 2013 in collaboration with the Theories and Practices of Humanitarian Researches laboratory for professional study of issues related to current condition of culture, actual art and humanitarian knowledge, as well as for their comprehension in global and local context.

New Spectator. In September 2013 The New Spectator program was launched. It is an innovative educational project for young audience intended to create a system of continuous, step-by-step process of studying contemporary culture for children of different age. The project includes several subprojects: Arsenal + Family, Arsenal + School, Teenage Arsenal Club TAK!, where teenagers learn a profession of a cultural journalist and put out a monthly newspaper.

VASARI. Festival of art texts. Annual unique festival of art texts initiated by the NCCA Volga-Vyatka region branch.
The festival is named after Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574), author of the history’s first extensive volume of texts about artists and their works, founder of contemporary art studies. The main purpose of the festival is to bring art and audience closer together. Only texts can provide the key to understanding of artistic language, teach reflection, and explain author’s conception. Vasari festival presents a wide variety of professional art texts – from art researches to popular press materials. Among participants of the festival – academic institutions, publishing houses, periodicals, network and TV projects dedicated to classic and contemporary art. Format of the festival: book fair accompanied by program of readings, meetings, seminars, round tables, presentations and film screenings.

Work with disadvantaged groups.
Staff of the Education Department took a training course in conducting guided tours for blind and visually impaired visitors. In 2013 Arsenal received a number of groups of visually impaired visitors. Special audio guides were developed and recorded for them. Besides, work on preparation of guided tours for other groups of disabled people began. Arsenal regularly hosts Cinema without Barriers festival about lives of people with disabilities. In 2014 an educational project Society for Encouragement of Art was launched. It is intended for people of "the third age, who in their free time would like to realize their long-nurtured dream – to learn to see, think and draw as an artist. Weekly sessions introduce different contemporary art styles, types, genres and forms to participants.

TV program. In 2013 Volga-Vyatka branch resumed its own TV program in a new format. Arsenal. Conversion goes on the air monthly on the channel of the Nizhny Novgorod State TV and radio broadcasting company NNTV.

Mediateque. Mediateque was opened in 2012; it contains four thousand volumes dedicated to different aspects of contemporary culture, art and humanitarian knowledge. There is also a collection of video films, TV programs about artists, archive footage and new media artworks created by these artists. Additionally, Mediateque hosts meetings, discussions, roundtables and lectures.
 

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