Athens Comics Library sees the development of Refugee Week in Greece as an opportunity to address some of these issues. It is the first ever Greek comic library and has experience in the design and facilitation of educational workshops for young people, students, schools, teachers and librarians, as well as workshops for adults, using creative storytelling and comics.
Athens Comics Library was designed to be a place of inspiration and creation of experiences, learning and exploration, participation, creativity and experimentation. The library believes in the healing value of comics and storytelling, an approach that has supported numerous children and families who have fled war and conflict. Their work aims to hold space to share those impactful stories, and lived experiences and at the same time encourage people to learn how to listen to someone else’s story and realise that humanity is composed of many overlapping stories.
In partnership with the Refugee Trauma Initiative supported by Choose Love, they run Baytna Hub, a safe and creative space for refugee and migrant children and their caregivers. Since October 2021 they have created, launched and curated a series of creative Take Away Art packs for preschool children.
As well as their work directly with refugees, they are committed to collaboration and network development. Their focus on creative storytelling gives them expertise in reaching the wide audiences that are the focus of Refugee Week, creating growth and transformation between local communities and refuge