The idea stems from the need to support migrants who came to Poland both from Belarus as a result of repression after the 2020 elections, as well as from Ukraine after the outbreak of a full-scale war in February 2023.
Among migrants from Eastern European countries there is a very large group of people professionally engaged in handicrafts or craftworks. After leaving their countries, they found themselves in a new reality, where they began to look for opportunities to use their skills and talents. People began to look for similar individuals, text each other on social media and organize meetings. This is how this initiative was founded.
Artel’s leaders, Alena Kazakova and Safiya Yermachonak also belong to the creative environment and decided to transform from an informal group into a social organization to continue supporting the members of the group, to be able to carry out larger projects and develop a creative environment among migrants in Poland.