Newsletter Vol. 9, July to December 2019
Welcome to our latest round-up of activities and news!
A big thank you! 2019 was another fantastic year for Artreach :)
We worked with 22 artists to reach 352 children, young people and women from marginalised communities, in 8 locations across India!
For the first time, we successfully placed 8 young adults in internships at leading design and art institutions. Many thanks to the kind people who have supported these placements – either by sponsoring an intern or by inviting an intern into your studio or institution. These are life-changing opportunities for the young people we work with.

'From classes with Artreach to getting an internship now, I feel my future is bright, I feel independent!' 
~ Kulsum 

Another highlight was Anurupa Roy’s intensive workshop for a group of Artroom students. They are putting together a fantastic shadow puppet theatre production, which will be performed in Delhi in April 2020. Please look out for details and come along to see this amazing piece of theatre. Artroom workshops are presented in partnership with Devi Art Foundation.

We are grateful to artist Lakshmi Madhavan for inviting Artreach to be charity partners for her recent exhibition, a portion of proceeds of which come to Artreach. Thank you Lakshmi!

We loved putting together our very first Artreach Calendar for 2020 and were thrilled at its warm reception.
Ita Mehrotra at SAN-KER, Shillong: Ita, with artists Lapdyang and Abigail, and facilitated by Mary Kurkalang, explored visual stories, movement games and painting with 20 young adults from this mental health and rehabilitation centre.
Avinash Karn at Sankalp School, Gurgaon. Avinash and 20 children created a beautiful Madhubani mural themed on climate change and environmental awareness.
Tahsin Akhtar at TARA Homes, Delhi
Multimedia artist and animator Tahsin is our Teaching Fellow for this year, leading 20 participants from TARA homes through drawing, stop motion, 3D character design and Claymation workshops. The kids are very excited to be creating their own animated films!

Thanks to the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art for their 4th year of support. We all look forward to seeing you at the Teaching Fellowship exhibition at KNMA in June.
Artreach Teaching Fellowship participants at India Art Fair
Aditi Raman at Nari Gunjan, Patna
Textile artist Aditi continues our long-term engagement with the Musahar Dalit girls at Prerna School. 20 girls have learnt how to produce stunning scarves, t-shirts, cushions covers and are planning to set up a design unit.

'For me, art is to fulfil my dreams. When I make art, I feel my dream through it. I like that in this programme we all sit together to make art.'
~ Mazia

Prasoon Poddar at India Vision Foundation, NCR
Prasoon’s workshops with 20 young adults of Bawana’s crime affected families concluded with a beautiful mural ‘Sapno ka Bawana’ in their community space.
Artreach team at Loka, Manikpur village, Bihar
An intensive observation drawing, visual story making and mural painting workshop led by Ita and Anarya at Loka village school resulted in a one of a kind Open Day that brought the whole village together.
Shivangi Singh, Tanaya Rao, Ritika Sharma at BOSCO, Delhi 
Artreach team with young artists Tanaya and Ritika have led a series of art and craft workshops at UNHCR’s BOSCO centre in Khirkee village, continuing our three-year engagement there.
Ita Mehrotra at Sarvopriya Vihar primary school, Delhi
In an exciting pilot, Ita led half-day workshops every week at Sarvopriya Primary school integrating English and science course curriculum with our artistic methods.  For 30 children of grade 3, in partnership with Vidya NGO.
One of 9 very inspiring Artroom sessions for our TF alumni from 4 different care homes.  Each session was led by an experienced creative practitioner from different fields – Maya Rao (theatre), Anurupa Roy (Puppetry), S Anand (illustrated books) among others.  The Artroom is run in collaboration with Devi Art Foundation, and our venue partner is Sankskriti Kendra.
AIM (Apprenticeships, Internships & Mentoring), NCR

8 Artroom students have been successfully placed at KHOJ, Indie Comix Fest, D’Ascoli’s Talianna studio and Atul Bhalla’s studio among others. Thank you to Sonam Chaturvedi for managing these so sensitively. 

Surkhee: art at the brick kilns - Birender Yadav, UP
Birender continues his inspiring engagement with children at Mirzapur’s brick kiln site with drawing, painting, basic literacy and creating toys from materials around the site.
Udhbhav II – Avinash Karn with women of Chandidih village 
We continue supporting Avinash in his long term endeavour to train a group of tribal women from Chandidih, Jharkhand in Madhubani painting. They travel to his studio in Varanasi and undertake short residencies, to further their skills, techniques and conceptual ideas and create beautiful paintings on paper and canvas.

Thank you and Happy 2020 !  

Artreach India team 
Ita Mehrotra ~ Director    Anarya ~ Programme Manager   
Shivangi Singh ~ Programme Officer    Sophie Obermeyer ~ Volunteer   
Sonam Chaturvedi ~ AIM Manager    Charty Dugdale ~ Managing Trustee 
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