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Społeczne Stowarzyszenie Edukacyjno-Teatralne „Stacja Szamocin” (The “Szamocin Station” Theatrical and Educational Association) was founded in 1997 to support the “Stacja Szamocin” Theatre and the “Stacja Szamocin” Centre legally and financially.Theartists,managers and permanent theatre company members all belong to the association. The ensemble is more changeable – there are up to 30 actors aged from 8 to 55. At present, the centre employs no permanent staff. The association started out by organising events subsidised by local cultural institutions, but later decided to rent a disused railway station. Having a separate legal identity means the association can raise funds and be on equal terms with public authorities and institutions.
Stacja Szamocin’s new venue has fulfilledthelongingofmanyartistsforanindependentspacefor creative work. Having found a place of their own the company has managed to become independent of public funding. The venue is isolated from major cultural centres and brings together people interested in a new kind of artistic practice combining educational and social activities. Apart from carrying on theatrical activities (performances for adults and children), Stacja Szamocin runs National Theatre Workshops, and holds concerts, exhibitions, historical gatherings and NGO meetings. The association operates both locally and internationally and its cultural programme is addressed to children, teenagers and adults.
Stacja Szamocin was awarded best NGO for 1998 in a competition organised by Bankers Trust in New York and Fundacja im. Stefana Batorego (The Stefan Batory Foundation). The project ,,Stacja Szamocin – miejsce dla każdego” (Stacja Szamocin – a Place for Everyone) was recognised in the 4th Competition ,,Małe Ojczyzny – tradycja dla przyszłości” (Little Homeland – Tradition for the Future) organized by Fundacja Kultury (Culture Foundation). In January 1999, the project received one of the major prizes and was granted funds to continue its activities. Another project about cultural activity in villages which once serviced state-owned farms won 1st prize in a competition organised by the Stefan Batory Foundation in 1999 and received an EU grant under the Phare Access Small Grants programme in 2001.