“It does not cost much to put a smile on children’s faces.”
“One pound for one child for one art workshop session.”
So what do you get when pitch the question What does HOME meant to you? to a group of artists from across the world?
The answer can be found withing the pages of the Art Aid Nepal Anthology currently running on Kickstarter. The project has been set up by Kripa Joshi and Elena Vitagliana to raise money to support children now made homeless by the Nepal earthquake that took place earlier this year. Kripa experienced and survived the earthquake with her daughter so this project is a very personal one for her.
The main aims of the project are to support the kids who lost what little means they had to indulge in creativity when many of their schools were destroyed. One of the ways the project wants to achieve this is by extending the art workshops which have been set up in Temporary Learning Centres.
There are currently 30 camps for displaced people in Kathmandu valley. We will be conducting the workshops in the largest of these camps in Chuchepati which has more than 8000 families living and 200 children under the age of 12.
Unlike a lot of Kickstarters which ask the earth in terms of goals the £2000 target of this project is quite modest. At the moment the Kickstarter stands at £788 and it would be shame if the team lost that money because they could not hit that target. However the anthology is not some cobbled together last-minute idea and there are some great pieces of art in there, looking at the pages on the Kickstarter page.
It’s a fantastic cause and I wanted to personally mention on GS because as someone who loved reading and drawing as a kid (and still do!) I would have no idea what I would have done if all of that was stripped away from me.
Have a watch of the video, read below to find out what the project is all about and then go and support it.
What does HOME meant to you?
32 talented multicultural artists have come together to explore this and the result is an A5 sized book with 92 pages full of illustrations and comics in full vibrant colours!
There is a lot of variety in this book!
And the artists come from across the globe and we have artworks that range from illustrations and comics to prints and illustrated texts. There are delicate pencil lines and bold digital artworks.
Some of the stories deal with the earthquake in Nepal, but most of them are personal response to the feeling of home. For some it is a place, for others it is a person or a feeling.
Each story is encapsulated by the phrase that starts with “Home is….”
And all this beautiful and personal art is for a purpose.
Art Aid Nepal enable us to use our ability as artists to raise funds. We wanted to do something to help children recover from the trauma that they faced during the earthquake and which resurfaces after every aftershock.
The 7.8 magnitude quake created a lot of destruction and loss of life. Even those who survived were not spared the mental trauma and even months later the aftershocks causes our hearts and minds to tremble. Thousands of adults and children lost their homes and are still displaced.
The need to help them remains, for their troubles are far from over.
The shaking continues, even months later. There have been nearly 400 aftershocks over 4 magnitudes since the first quake.
All funds raised from the sale will be used to support education and art therapy workshops for children affected by the tragedy. Art can help to heal and bring simple joy to their otherwise troubled lives.
With many schools destroyed vast number of children are now studying in makeshift structures at the Temporary Learning Centres.
Those who have also lost their home and are now living in tented camps. Many of these children had very little access to creative pursuits and now, after the quake, their options are even more limited.
The Children’s Art Museum of Nepal have been conducting art workshops in the temporary learning centres in public schools.
Together with Art Aid Nepal, we would like to extend these workshops to the more deprived children in the tented camps. There are currently 30 camps for displaced people in Kathmandu valley. We will be conducting the workshops in the largest of these camps in Chuchepati which has more than 8000 families living and 200 children under the age of 12.
Source: Art Aid Nepal
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