Ambrosia’s tafel [‘Ambrosia’s Table’] is a social art and cultural heritage educational organization that receives structural subsidy from the Flemish government. It works specifically on multimedia literacy and knowledge. Ambrosia’s Table seeks to stimulate people to become more conscious of media and to use media to enter into dialogue with one another. To achieve this, Ambrosia works at three levels:
– In neighbourhoods through community television
– In educational institutions, around accessing multiple literacies and multiple intelligence-forms
– At the level of sharing knowledge and expertise internationally, through the platform for media wisdom
Ambrosia’s Table was founded in 2005 by television journalist Paul Bottelbergh and social artist Ann Langelet. Its name is derived from a community television project that took place during the 2005 Time Festival. During the festival, 12 ex-residents of a particular neighbourhood told and showed the history of that area to newly arrived residents in exchange for an evening meal.
Ambrosia’s Table is first and foremost a multimedia workshop in which a unique grassroots arts practice is being developed with, for, and by residents. The residents build their own perspective, both at the street level and virtually on the net. In the multimedia workshop Ambrosia trains young people and neighbourhood residents to become competent multimedia directors. They can set up their own community television projects in different areas around the city of Ghent, where Ambrosia is based. Ambrosia also trains neighbourhood reporters to create media products in which they report about life in their own streets. Ambrosia also coaches existing community television initiatives.
In all its activities, Ambrosia’s Table works with children, pupils, and students of all ages and backgrounds around the topic of media, talent development, and multiple intelligence. For this purpose, it has developed its own methodology. Internationally, Ambrosia’s Table is part of the expert group in the Pestalozzi programme (media literacy and citizenship) of the Council of Europe and participates in the European network on media literacy, Euromeduc.