On 11 September 2021, PICT opened a stand at the Fête de la Vie Associative et Citoyenne de Paris Centre. From 10:00 until 17:30, our faculty fielded questions about the history, educational philosophy, and current academic program of PICT.
Throughout the busily attended event, PICT faculty members Evrim Emir-Sayers, Tatiana Senkevitch, and David Selim Sayers, as well as PICT Student Ambassador Program co-director Elcin Bahceci, discussed the institute with a large number of PICT community members and many Parisians entirely new to the world of PICT. Topics ranged from PICT’s rejection of online teaching to the institute’s independence from any political or corporate sponsorship and from our critical journal dePICTions to PICT’s Fall 2021 course program. The stand was located right across the Mairie (City Hall) of Paris Centre – Site Marais, where PICT is registered as a non-profit association.
After 2019, the event marked the second time that PICT joined the annual Fête de la Vie Associative et Citoyenne, a municipal fair giving a broad spectrum of non-profit associations, with remits ranging from education to the environment, the chance to introduce their work to the broader public. Inaugurated by Ariel Weil, the Mayor of Paris Centre, the 2021 Fête de la Vie Associative et Citoyenne also featured a range of concerts, dance performances, and other family entertainments.
It was a true pleasure to come face to face with our community again at this first post-pandemic PICT public event. Our thanks go out to all PICT team members who joined the effort, and to all members of our community who gave us such a warm welcome back!