Our transformative programmes have successfully shifted online as the long lockdown due to COVID-19 continues across India. Our partnering Child Care Institutions and NGOs have consistently expressed how art is more essential than ever now for children and young people; it provides them emotional stability, a sense of joy and wellbeing, creative outlets to express their thoughts and feelings and also a way to engage meaningfully with people they trust, beyond the space of their care homes.
With opportunities to online education or extra curricular engagement often being sparse for the communities we engage with, we have created a wide range of original modules to step up to the needs of the time. Since April 2020, Artreach has:
- Led over 230 online workshops with 16 different Care Home centres and 7 NGO partners - TARA Homes, Rainbow Homes, Karm Marg, Salaam Baalak Trust, Udayan Care, Nirvair and Jamghat.
- 12 visiting professional artist-educators, musicians, creative practitioners and art-therapists joined Artreach's core team in leading our online workshops. We would like to thank Anchal Sayal, Roshni Bhatia, Lucy de Roeper, Rama Sundar, Lavanya Asthana, Tanaya Rao Raj, Varnita Sethi, Ekta Aggarwal, Sonam Chaturvedi and Avinash Karn for volunteering to lead our workshops!
- 40 different artist-educators have joined us at our ongoing Artist-Educator Meet-ups online, a growing space to share insights in to ongoing creative pedagogic practices and provide trainings to Care Homes and NGOs. We would like to thank Lleah Amy Smith and Vasvi Oza for leading two workshop and presentation sessions for these Meet-ups!
- 'Moving Worlds' our online exhibition of Artreach-KNMA Teaching Fellowship 2019-20 was a wonderful way to bring together a year of art making by 18 young people from TARA Homes. A live discussion was held in conjunction to this with KNMA and viewed over 30,000+ times on Facebook.
We are strengthening our resource base of visual manuals, illustrated guides and visual presentations to reach more and more young people over the coming months. It is heartening to see artists and educators join us in this movement to narrow the gap in accessibility to art and learning, and we feel very inspired and hopeful seeing the results!
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