The Aesop Association was founded in Belgrade in 2007. The aim of the Association is to engage in social processes, promote informal education, and provide assistance and support through creative work and initiatives, with the goal of improving the position of individuals in society. The activities of the Association include organizing cultural, social, and educational activities such as workshops, training, seminars, trips, exhibitions, and presentations, targeting individuals with developmental disabilities, children and youth, members of national minorities, as well as children without parental care.
Jelena Koštica is one of the founders of the Aesop Association and its legal representative. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and completed her master’s studies at a university in London. Currently, she is pursuing a doctoral degree in Art and Design at the Faculty of Arts and Design. In addition to participating in numerous solo and group exhibitions and festivals in the country and abroad, she is also involved in the education of children and youth. She is a co-author of three textbooks on visual culture for primary school, a manual called “Creative Workshops” aimed at parents and educators, as well as other educational materials. She has worked as a professor at the Belgrade Art School for Design and New Media, teaching subjects such as poster design, typography, and print technology. She has implemented numerous projects and workshops for children and youth, including those without parental care. More at: https://kosticajelena.wixsite.com/portfolio
Ana Jokić, a graduate defectologist and speech therapist, is also one of the founders of the Aesop Association. She focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of voice, speech, and language disorders. She graduated from the Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation in Belgrade. She has implemented numerous projects and workshops for children and youth, including those without parental care.
Dragana Kostica is a co-founder of the Aesop Association. She holds a master’s degree in Cultural Policy and Management in Culture and Media from the University of Arts (Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, UNESCO Department) in Belgrade. Currently, she is a doctoral student at Hafencity University in Hamburg, specializing in urbanism. Additionally, Dragana is the founder and editor of the online magazine Still in Belgrade and leads walking art and cultural tours. More at: https://stillinbelgrade.com/
Goran Ratković is a graduate graphic designer specializing in print technology and the application of design solutions in media and marketing communication. As a team member, team leader, or independent contractor, he has implemented numerous projects in almost all design disciplines. Besides design, he also engages in drawing and illustration as needed, both manually and with computer assistance. He is also involved in the field of education, including co-authoring textbooks on visual culture for various grade levels and leading creative art workshops for preschool and school-age children as part of a project supported by the Ministry of Science and Education. He has served as a teacher at the Belgrade Art School for Design and New Media, teaching subjects such as graphic design, typography, and book design. He has also worked as a lecturer at the School of Journalism of the Association of Journalists of Serbia, focusing on newspaper graphic preparation. More at: https://goranratkovich.wordpress.com/