Employees of the Nordeifelwerkstätten prepare an exhibition in the Euskirchen town hall – under the direction of Anisa-Sofie Rahmouni-Büker there is a different artist every month, in whose style the works are created
Euskirchen-Kuchenheim – Distributed with generous sweeps, red and yellow paint splatters onto the canvas. The art actions at the Nordeifelwerkstätten (NEW) in Kuchenheim follow the paths of a different artist every month, as Anisa-Sofie Rahmouni-Büker explains: “Today we are devoting ourselves to Jackson Pollock and the topic of Action Painting!” other full-time employees are the seven people with disabilities who, in addition to their jobs, use leisure programs such as the art campaign.
“With every new artist, we also get to know a new style. In individual and group work, we create various works of art that will be exhibited in Euskirchen Town Hall next summer,” says Rahmouni-Büker. According to the aspiring art therapist, the mayor himself wants to open the exhibition.
In the meantime, the artists cover the prepared canvases with foil, press, push and then rub the still liquid splendor of color into a large-scale work and can then see the finished picture for the first time when the foil is carefully removed. Nadine Anhelm is enthusiastic: “I’ve liked art since school and also paint at home.” Marcia Da Silva has a lot of fun with the art units and says: “I’m glad that we can exhibit our results!”
Art is a good way of being able to communicate without using words, stresses Rahmouni-Büker. For example, one of the participants has difficulties expressing himself through spoken language, but can do this well through gestures and art. In addition, the participants also learn something about the respective artists in whose style the works are made. “We treated Pablo Picasso, for example, or Gerhard Richter, who created the Richter window in Cologne Cathedral – one of the participants looked at it afterwards and was impressed by the blaze of colour.”
The Nordeifelwerkstätten see themselves as a comprehensive service provider for people with disabilities. In addition to various activities offered at various locations in the Euskirchen district, from packaging and logistics to manual services to retail and service, the full-time team offers the approximately 1200 employees with disabilities numerous leisure programs, further training and education, arranges internships and external jobs up to employment the primary labor market. In addition, it is the declared goal to make people with disabilities and their ability to perform in various areas more visible in society, according to NEW Managing Director Georg Richerzhagen: “That’s why we are very happy about the opportunity to celebrate an official opening of the exhibition in Euskirchen’s town hall. “
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