Poliana is an artistic and cultural non-profit organization based in the town of Mytilini. Our workshop,located in the centre, is where we teach art and hold events. Our name POLIANA comes from the Greek POLITISTIKI ANAZITISI meaning, literally, cultural exploration. A play on these words brought us to the concept of POLLYANNA, the main character from the well-known novel by E.Porter. Pollyanna's zest for life leads her to knowledge through play and amusement. Realizing that this was actually our ultimate goal, the name POLIANA appeared the obvious choice for us. Besides our regular activities at our workshop, we, as Poliana, are motivated to unveil the rich past of the island through cultural walks, and on site painting and drawing. These activities open the eyes of newcomers, as well as the local inhabitants, to the heritage of the island. The organization is made up of four women: Katie Karakondis , Irini Ferveli, Els Maes and Anique Dounias who live and work on the island of Lesvos, Greece.