ARTREACH INDIA'S MISSION is to reach children, young people and women from marginalised communities in India and transform their lives through art.
We work with contemporary and traditional Indian and international artists and partner with NGOs, schools, foundations and museums. Our Teaching Fellowship funds artists to work with groups of young people in care who have a talent and passion for art; in the Artroom they can explore opportunities, hone skill sets and work with mentors towards careers in the arts. We support long-term Community Projects and interventions, often in difficult or remote areas, where art is used to foster community cohesion. Our Khel Mel workshops bring marginalised and mainstream children together in an environment of creative learning. Our Volunteer Residencies result in lively murals painted by children in their homes and schools. The expressive arts have a unique capacity to encourage, heal and empower. Engaging in the acts of imagination and self-expression at their heart can change outlooks, impart confidence and self-worth, and enhance emotional, cognitive and social well-being. Learning in the arts also cultivates the agency and voice required to join in a democratic society where everyone has the right to be heard and to contribute to the culture.
Artreach works with artists to bring the transformative power of art to children in care, children of refugees, children of brick kiln labourers, Dalit girls, homeless women and tribal women.
As well as offering enriching learning experiences our programmes offer practical help: guiding young people towards higher education and careers in the arts, exhibiting and selling artworks as a source of income.