Iustina Irimia Cenușa, Director of the Center for the Preservation of Traditional Culture, continues to promote Bhutuchan art and culture from a new location and is determined to leave something behind
Reporter: – Residents of Putoshan and beyond discovered you in a new position, the position of director of the Center for the Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture. It has brought a new breath to the enterprise and to the culture of Putoshan. How was this entire period for you?
Iustina Irimia Cenușa: – I can say that it was the busiest to date, as I had to add to the already waking pace of life as an artist and a family, the new challenges of coordinating the activity of a public cultural institution. The schedule was very full, but I also mentally prepared myself, because I expected what would follow the assumption of this new professional direction. It was hard until I found rhythm and balance internally, as I had staff changes. We are still going through this period of transition, but I am confident that those who are not afraid of work, those who are enthusiastic and ready to contribute professional, ethical and human skills to the solidification of this institution – great through “Spirit and Beauty” will join the programs and cultural projects that I have implemented. I am happy that you feel the constructive energy with which I love to do things – fully engaged, trying to inspire team members with the motto of “nothing is like impossible”, with so many goals achieved with little order in all aspects, however, I confess to you that Many of the cultural activities carried out by the Botuchani Creativity Center are a continuation of a good and beautiful tradition of our institution, because this is what I proposed for the first year of leadership: to continue the cultural projects inherited from other managers and improve their implementation, where appropriate. I wanted to keep track of everything to see how to make progress, and try to make all the work of the entire team in the organization as visible as possible.
What events have you organized so far?
• January 15 – Eminescu Days – Conference by Archimandrite Mihai Danieluk on “Eminescu Prayer”, punctuated by artistic moments with the support of artists Lidia Uja, Andrei Pițu, Mihail Petrescu, Alina Huțu and Alexandra Costin;
• 12-26 February – Winter Chairs (31st Edition) in Flămânzi, Adășeni, Prăjeni and Botoșani (for the first time we brought a beautiful chair made by the townspeople of George Enescu in front of the Botoșani audience). We discovered children talented musicians and an amateur painter – Gheorghe Axintioaie – who had an exhibition in the foyer of our institution, and recently a catalog of his paintings appeared;
• February 25 – March 1 – Mrțișorului’s trotting (12th ed.); Before the exhibition, we also organized a workshop with the support of folk craftsmen Giorgetta and Dumitru Celion;
• March 19-20 – International Festival of Romanian Light Music – “Spring Voices” competition (2nd ed.);
• March 29 – Easter Eggs Workshop – Easter Skills and Habits.
• March 31 – The launch of the Sabin Păutza choir anthology.
• April 2 – Festival Competition – Choir of Spiritual Music (3rd ed.);
• April 29 – May 1 – Exhibition of Folk Craftsmen (15th Edition);
• May 19 – Inauguration of the Honor Exhibition of the Botuchani Creativity Center.
• June 10-12 – National Competition for Poetry and Critical Interpretation of Eminem’s Opera “Begin the Light…” (XLI Edition);
• The appearance of issue 1-2 of “Tara de Seuss” magazine.
• June 22 – 23 – Bucecea Festival “Satull, Proud Garden” competition (XLI Edition);
• June 24 – “T-shirts with a story and a song” – a work dedicated to the International Day of IIA.
• July 11-15 – a camp for painting icons on wood – in partnership with the Military Church and the Military Department.
• August 5-7 – Traditional Culture Days and Chisinau Days in Botocani – 1st Cycle: Travuri Festival Contest “Constantin Lobo” (5th Edition), Brass Band Festival Contest (16th Edition), International Festival of “Vassily Andreescu” Song, Game and Popular Port (15th edition), Extraordinary Parties – Bogdan-Mihai Simion and Wolves of Calancea, watching Roman art films and exhibitions of folk craftsmen;
• August 11-14 – Seri Melancolice Eminesciene (13th ed.);
• 2-30 September – “George Storza” International Exhibition of Naive Arts (9th Edition).
But these are not the only actions…
– Our institution has so far hosted four exhibitions of painting, and we have reopened the ‘doors’ of the institution to talented young people who embrace the path of folk song and for the first time have been able to obtain the traditional culture of Potochane province, the honorary title of Tezaur Uman Viu, given to Mrs. Aurica Cojocariu, a folk craftsman from Mihai Village Viteazul – Ungureni. In July, with our own money, we were able to paint a mock-up of the traditional rug in Union Square. We would like to thank teachers Talida Grunzac and Genoveva Dolhescu and the young volunteers who helped us complete the project in just a few hours. We wanted to contribute to the beautification of urban space in the municipality of Potochane and we would be happy if the initiative was implemented and multiplied.
– Barely a month passed without a demonstration. what is the secrete?
– The organization’s schedule was very busy even before I was a manager; I’ve just refined the cultural procedures, tried to highlight them better through the invitations that were sent and the way of organizing, and perhaps managed to bring them closer to the attention of the Putuchan audience and not only that. Technology helps us cross county and country borders easily, and that aspect makes me happy, because it’s an institution where a lot of work is done, and it seems natural to me to see that. We focus a lot on cultural marketing and I’m glad to know that our efforts are being noticed.
– Where do you get all your energy to organize events that reach the soul of those who love the folklore and traditions of our ancestors?
I get my energy from people who are passionate about what they do, but I believe there is also an inner carrier, some data innate, given from above, or learned from home, that always makes me want more and better, more educational and qualitative.
– What is the most emotional manifestation?
– It was a warm event the opening of the honorary exhibition, when we remembered the personalities who brought honor to the center – the late Konstantin Lobo, Vasily Andreescu, Margarita Mihalach, but we cherish those who, while alive, did so much for the center of creation: Gillo Dorian and Angela Pavelyuk Olario. There were moments full of emotion and nostalgia, we laid wreaths at the graves of violinist Konstantin Lobo and ethnographer Margarita Mihalach. It was an honor that I felt to remember and appreciate these special people, the professionals who contributed to the development of the Center and who shaped my destiny. My artistic journey began here, at the center of creativity, where Constantin Lobo discovered and encouraged him as a child to realize my musical potential and I believe it is my moral duty to do everything I can to help traditional culture in the predicament you are in. At the beginning of the twenty-first century. With that moment, the temporary period ended and I moved into the tenure of the full principal.
A popular event was organized on Mother’s Day.
– This was the first time that our institution organized an event dedicated to the International Day of Ioan, and we enjoyed the partnership with the Directorate of Culture and Orchestra “Rhapsozii Botoșanilor – Ioan Cobâlă”, through which we were able to present fans of amateur and professional folk performers who revealed details of their love for peasant clothing They shared Soul T-shirt stories and captivated the audience with the most loved songs from their music groups. At the same time, paintings by students of the High School of Art, coordinated by Professor Genoveva Dulhesco, the exhibition “Take a bridge over time” were also shown in the Foundation Hall.
– Your desk highlights the world of a traditional village.
– Creating the office in a traditional style has been my intention since the beginning. I am surrounded by a wall, Kuty ceramics from the Iacinschi family, portraits of the four Botošan figures: Eminescu, Enescu, Iorga, Luchian, Icon with St. Cuv. Onufrie de la Vorona drawn by a young woman from the village of Coștiugini and a special eraser I inherited from my late grandmother Maria Irimia. We also purchased two paintings with our own money that were displayed in the Foundation Hall. I am still waiting for the completion of a painting representing the late violinist Konstantin Lobo. I think it’s important that he loves where we work, and for me all of these traditional elements give me very good energy and help me, either to calm me down or motivate me or make me ambitious…
– How do you cooperate with colleagues in the institution and with heads of cultural institutions?
– I have excellent cooperation with the directors of other cultural institutions, they welcomed me warmly, with valuable advice and I enjoy every opportunity available to us when we organize cultural events. In the institution I get along well with most of my colleagues. We also had disagreements on certain topics, but as I’ve always thought, honest and polite communication helps the most. We don’t all have to think the same way all the time, because that’s how the best ideas can come out, but for me it was important not to sabotage each other, not to confuse each other, because each person’s time and energy matter. There were those who understood that the new pace of work was outside their comfort zone and pulled out. I can now say that we are a functional core, but we still need specialists in the field of traditional culture.
– What other events will you organize by the end of this year?
– For the last quarter, we do not currently have a budget for all the actions that you have proposed in the management project, but I want to start the sewing workshop and be able to organize the Festival-Concurs de colinde “Oh, what a great news!”, Festival of Winter Traditions and Customs From the grandparents, from the good people “Festival – a theater competition in one class, Mikhail Sarbel”, the semi-annual gathering of representatives of culture from the province and the publication of the magazine “Tara de Sous”. With the support of the provincial council, the center team and the media, we will try to do everything we can To continue the cultural programs and projects of the Creativity Center, which our audience deserves and hope to be with us, honestly, in an ever-growing number.