ITA MEHROTRA / Programmes Head
Ita led Khel Mel workshops with Artreach in 2014-15, managed the hugely successful first Artreach Festival at Bikaner House, Delhi in 2017, and has been heading programmes at Artreach since then. Trained in visual art, art history and philosophy, Ita has worked with numerous social development and art institutions across the country, such as Khoj, Pravah, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan among others. Her own non-fiction graphic stories have been published by thewire.in, Zubaan, Goethe Institute, Yoda Press and others. She has an MPhil from the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU.
ANKITA SHARMA / Development and Finance Officer
Ankita joined Artreach in February 2019. Her previous experience of leading experiential learning modules using socio-cultural heritage at an education consultancy inspired her to become a part of Artreach team. Trained as a medieval historian, Ankita has a passion to bring out the connections between people, ideas and traditions to everyday learning processes. She has a Masters from School of Social Sciences, JNU and is currently pursuing PG Diploma in Business Management.
CHARTY DUGDALE / Founder & Managing Trustee
Charty started Artreach after seeing the impact a simple art engagement could have on the lives of homeless children in the New Delhi station. She was also inspired by her work with Triangle Arts Trust and Youthreach, for whom she co-edited 'If I were rain,' an acclaimed hardback book about the lives of street and slum children. Now reluctantly in the UK after 14 years in Delhi, Charty remains involved in Artreach operations and visits India often. She is proud of the Artreach team and inspired by what they make happen.
NAIRA JENSEN / Khel Mel Founder & Mentor
ANARYA / Programme Officer
Anarya is trained as a visual artist, illustrator and art educator. She received her MA in Visual Arts from Ambedkar University Delhi and BFA in Painting from Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan. Her career as an art educator began after leading workshops with Artreach India in 2015. Since then she has facilitated many art workshops and taught art at private schools in Delhi.
For Anarya it is inspiring to see how art becomes a powerful tool for children coming from difficult backgrounds, who have so much potential but no access to creative education. Seeing how a simple act of drawing on paper without fear can create so much confidence in a child is magical.
SHIVANGI SINGH / Programme Officer
Shivangi Singh is a Delhi-based freelance artist and illustrator. She is co-founder of an independent publishing platform BlueJackal (bluejackal.net) which engages with visual narratives, picture books and comics. She has worked at Eklavya Foundation and The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA). In December 2018, she was the recipient of Artreach’s Teaching Residency at Nari Gunjan in Bihar. Her interests include illustration, curation and education in the arts - which she hopes to delve into through her role at Artreach. Singh has a BFA from College of Art, Delhi and an MVA from Ambedkar University Delhi.
LAVANYA AGARWAL / Development Advisor
DEEKSHA NATH / Trustee & Director of Artreach India 2015 - 18
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