Around 7.6 million children are living in slums in India. 37% of these children complete less than 5 years of schooling due to problems with access, overcrowding and lack of resources.
We have been working with young people in India for several years now. Our partner organization, Dream a Dream, help us to run creative youth camps with children from vulnerable backgrounds, helping to build stronger communities and an improved sense of self-worth.
Take a look at the stories below to see how how lives are being changed through this valuable work. You can also visit out website to make a donation to this project.
Nadia Chaney is the regional coordinator of PYE in India and a social artist and youth facilitator from Vancouver, Canada. Here she tells us how she got involved in social artistry, what she’s up to in India, and why she thinks authenticity is so in demand in the modern world.
Charlie Murphy called me one day and asked if I wanted to go to India with him. I’m Indian by heritage but I had never had the opportunity to combine my work and my place of origin before.
I’m an undergraduate student at the moment but outside of studies I’m currently working with a group of young kids, mostly from immigrant families, at an after-school program where we use some social art techniques. We help them with school, offer advice when needed, and watch them grow by helping them express themselves.
There are several fantastic books around that can help you develop your work and find out more about the role of a social artist. We’ve put together a list of some of the books that we’ve found useful.
This reading list is constantly evolving so if you’ve read something that has inspired you or impacted your work then let us know. You can comment below or contact us through Facebook – we’d love to add it to the list and ask you to tell us a little about the book.
Adam Rosendahl and Julien Thomas are PYE trained social artists who run LATE NITE ART, an evening of creativity, live music and local food. The event currently takes place in Vancouver, Canada and Oakland, USA. Here, they tell us how PYE and the Creative Community Model helped them to build the idea, and talk about why creativity is so important for society.
Tell us about Yourselves
I strongly believe that we need to creatively re-imagine how we relate to each other and the world, as this can inspire and bring hope to those around us.
4 May 2012
This is the first time we are doing a web chat of this kind. We want to deepen the dialogue about programs for youth and working with young people in creative ways and learning from each other. Ask me anything you like. No question is too small. Questions could be about using the arts and creativity in your work, about facilitation and how to develop a career as a facilitator.
Eric Mulholland: How do you help bring out a young person in the group who is obviously withdrawn? I have this one youth who seems to resist even the most creative activities and I am really frustrated at how to engage her.
It was nearly a year ago to the day since the first Partners for Youth Empowerment excursion to Brazil. At the time I wrote a blog about the sense of excitement, expectation and promise I felt going back to my home country to spread PYE’s Creative Community Model. Last year I saw Brazil as new, fertile ground for PYE. I remember coming away from that trip feeling that we had prepared the ground for amazing things to come.
I had different emotions before we set off this time. The sense of excitement was still there but I was also aware that we were going back to a garden where we had prepared the soil and checking to see if any of the seeds had taken root.
Canadian born Daniel Lalande is a recent convert to social artistry. For 24 years Daniel worked as a costume designer, but in 2002 he slowly initiated a career transition to the development sector. He uses creative mediums such as crafts, theater, creative writing and music to help cross barriers, providing a voice for those who don’t normally get heard.
Thinking of putting your project online? Wanting to expand your connection to other social artists? It needn’t be daunting with the PYE step by step guide to social media for social artists and entrepreneurs.
How Can Social Artists Get Started on Social Media?
Choose your platform
Whether your a social artist, a visual artist, or just a business person trying to promote your company, starting out in social media can be daunting. There are a number of different social networks and platforms to choose from when you are starting a social media campaign, and it feels like new platforms appear every week.