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Slam Out Loud: Bringing the power of arts to ALL children

SLAM OUT LOUD

Supriya, a 15 year old at Slam Out Loud, is a recognised spoken-word artist and TedX Speaker. Apart from performing to a cumulative audience of more than 15,000 across nationwide platforms, she has had the skills to negotiate change, use creative expression to dream bigger and create her future. 

    "I imagine a future where there will be no boundaries, no borders but one          land, one religion, humanity, and love. It'll be a world where everyone                             understands the real meaning of arts and education."
                                       
- Supriya, a Slam Out Loud student

But Supriya’s story isn’t the story of most of our country’s children. While our children need the life skills that would allow them to find their own voice and build agency to thrive in their lives, schools focus on only two kinds of outcomes: academic and job aligned, alienating all children who do not excel at these.

Slam Out Loud is a for mission, non-profit that envisions a world where “Every individual will have a voice that empowers them to change lives.” We place professional artists in classrooms for a 5-year program and through lived experience create scalable, contextualised learning products. By using art-forms like poetry, storytelling, visual arts, and theatre, we build creative confidence(life) skills like communication, critical thinking and empathy in children aged 7-17 from disadvantaged communities.

At SOL, we believe that something as fundamental as finding our voice, finding safe spaces  to express oneself should not be limited to the privileged class. This becomes even more pertinent towards fostering resilience and mental well being during the current pandemic.

Upholding our commitment to making children’s voices heard everywhere, our COVID-response project Arts For All leverages the power of arts and the reach of multiple low tech platforms (WhatsApp, IVRS, Radio and TV) to deliver mental wellbeing and socio-emotional learning support to the most vulnerable children at scale. By offering localised, need-sensitive and engaging at-home audio, video, text, and print resources for learners who have limited access to the internet, we are leading children towards creative outcomes and building mental resilience during the COVID-19 based school closure period.



Since March 2020, we have collaborated with and learnt from over 610 NGOs and educational institutions, amplifying our work to over 4.7 million children across 23 Indian States and 19 countries.




Here’s how you can support our work:

  1. Contribute financially: Milaap recently waived off all platform fees and if you contribute towards our work, you can get a tax deduction certificate (accompanied by our deepest gratitude and virtual hugs!). These are challenging times, and every bit of support helps us enormously to enable our children grow!


Any and all contributions will also enable us to bring together like-minded change-makers who can contribute to our vision, and help amplify children’s voices across the world.

2. Engage with us: The Slam Out Loud family is ever growing and if you want to volunteer with us or join the movement, we’re all ears! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and never miss an update from us!

If you believe in what we do, please share our story with your friends and relatives. This is as much an awareness campaign as it is a fundraiser.


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16th December 2020
Dear Supporters,

To you, the incredible people who have been with us on this journey of adapting to a new normal - with much gratitude and joy, we share  - three reads we created this year!

1. We are thrilled to announce that Slam Out Loud’s art-based intervention for student well being and socio-emotional learning has now been selected as a case study for OECD and World Bank’s joint initiative, mapping some of the best and most innovative Education Continuity Stories across the world! 

To know more, you can read Slam Out Loud’s story here on the World Bank's Website or here on OECD’s web-page!


2. WISE, Qatar Foundation and UNESCO MGIEP spotlighting SOL's work on leveraging arts

Published on WISE, Qatar Foundation's website, SOLmate Jigyasa's reflective essay titled What Happens when Children Engage with Art? offers insights about how art based education has a profound effect on children because it creates a space where children's' ideas, feelings and identity are accepted without iteration.


Published on UNESCO MGIEP's  Blog on Medium, SOLmate Aastha's article explores the possibilities of art in socio-emotional learning and well-being of young learners. By using evidence of the physical changes that art creates in the human brain, she shows how socio-emotional learning and art communicate with each other.


While 2020 has been a tough year, we are so humbled by all the growth, learning and unconditional support that this year has brought to our doorstep. Thank you for keeping us going!

Till you hear from us again in the next year, here is wishing for each of you to close this strange year with hope, gratitude and soaring spirits!

Shukriyaa, for being a SOLmate.

Love and light,
Team Slam Out Loud
Dear Supporters,

To you, the incredible people who have been with us on this journey of adapting to a new normal - with much gratitude and joy, we share  - three reads we created this year!

1. We are thrilled to announce that Slam Out Loud’s art-based intervention for student well being and socio-emotional learning has now been selected as a case study for OECD and World Bank’s joint initiative, mapping some of the best and most innovative Education Continuity Stories across the world! 

To know more, you can read Slam Out Loud’s story here on the World Bank's Website or here on OECD’s web-page!


2. WISE, Qatar Foundation and UNESCO MGIEP spotlighting SOL's work on leveraging arts

Published on WISE, Qatar Foundation's website, SOLmate Jigyasa's reflective essay titled What Happens when Children Engage with Art? offers insights about how art based education has a profound effect on children because it creates a space where children's' ideas, feelings and identity are accepted without iteration.


Published on UNESCO MGIEP's  Blog on Medium, SOLmate Aastha's article explores the possibilities of art in socio-emotional learning and well-being of young learners. By using evidence of the physical changes that art creates in the human brain, she shows how socio-emotional learning and art communicate with each other.


While 2020 has been a tough year, we are so humbled by all the growth, learning and unconditional support that this year has brought to our doorstep. Thank you for keeping us going!

Till you hear from us again in the next year, here is wishing for each of you to close this strange year with hope, gratitude and soaring spirits!

Shukriyaa, for being a SOLmate.

Love and light,
Team Slam Out Loud
2nd July 2020
Dear Supporters,

With some 826 million (82.6 crore) students kept out of the classroom by the Covid-19 pandemic without access to a household computer, the past few weeks have made our privilege so visual and for us as educators, highlighted the divide of access in digital engagements and learning. At Slam Out Loud, our shifted reality has strengthened our commitment to making children's voices heard everywhere. We have adapted our interventions to prioritize children’s well being, leveraging the power of art and low tech platforms. All our resources keep children’s well being and socio-emotional learning at the center because this is what children need at this time. The idea is to enable children to form deeper connections with themselves while engaging with their families too during these uncertain times and use art as a medium for a creative outlet.

A brief glimpse of our journey these last few months, is captured below:

Art Alerts through WhatsApp

We’ve created an online series of high quality arts-based experiences in Hindi and English (and coming soon, in more languages!) aimed towards learning through poetry, theater, visual arts, and storytelling. Children, parents and teachers receive these byte-sized activities through a daily WhatsApp alert which engages them in hands-on activities, helps them share their art and interact with accomplished artists. The service is completely free to use. Through safe spaces for creative outlets and sharing, our children have been attempting art activities within their homes everyday, as well as attempting our DIY-Theater course (available on YouTube) to learn the art of theater within their own homes.
Our WhatsApp channel helped us reach 70000 children daily, across 16 countries and 23 states in India.



Audio Activities via IVRS

To reach out to the most vulnerable children, who do not even have access to a low tech platform like WhatsApp, we now intend to launch localized audio versions of these activities and scale them through IVRS and radio platforms. During our pilot for IVRS, a child wrote a beautiful acrostic poem, and we're so grateful to share it with you:



Your continued support has enabled us to create safe spaces for expression, well being and learning for children across different contexts and we are so thankful to you, for being a part of our community!

Thank You and Stay Safe,

Team Slam Out Loud
Dear Supporters,

With some 826 million (82.6 crore) students kept out of the classroom by the Covid-19 pandemic without access to a household computer, the past few weeks have made our privilege so visual and for us as educators, highlighted the divide of access in digital engagements and learning. At Slam Out Loud, our shifted reality has strengthened our commitment to making children's voices heard everywhere. We have adapted our interventions to prioritize children’s well being, leveraging the power of art and low tech platforms. All our resources keep children’s well being and socio-emotional learning at the center because this is what children need at this time. The idea is to enable children to form deeper connections with themselves while engaging with their families too during these uncertain times and use art as a medium for a creative outlet.

A brief glimpse of our journey these last few months, is captured below:

Art Alerts through WhatsApp

We’ve created an online series of high quality arts-based experiences in Hindi and English (and coming soon, in more languages!) aimed towards learning through poetry, theater, visual arts, and storytelling. Children, parents and teachers receive these byte-sized activities through a daily WhatsApp alert which engages them in hands-on activities, helps them share their art and interact with accomplished artists. The service is completely free to use. Through safe spaces for creative outlets and sharing, our children have been attempting art activities within their homes everyday, as well as attempting our DIY-Theater course (available on YouTube) to learn the art of theater within their own homes.
Our WhatsApp channel helped us reach 70000 children daily, across 16 countries and 23 states in India.



Audio Activities via IVRS

To reach out to the most vulnerable children, who do not even have access to a low tech platform like WhatsApp, we now intend to launch localized audio versions of these activities and scale them through IVRS and radio platforms. During our pilot for IVRS, a child wrote a beautiful acrostic poem, and we're so grateful to share it with you:



Your continued support has enabled us to create safe spaces for expression, well being and learning for children across different contexts and we are so thankful to you, for being a part of our community!

Thank You and Stay Safe,

Team Slam Out Loud
29th June 2020
Dear Supporters,

With some 826 million (82.6 crore) students kept out of the classroom by the Covid-19 pandemic without access to a household computer, the past few weeks have made our privilege so visual and for us as educators, highlighted the divide of access in digital engagements and learning. At Slam Out Loud, our shifted reality has strengthened our commitment to making children's voices heard everywhere.
We’ve adapted our interventions to prioritize children’s well being, leveraging the power of art and low tech platforms. All resources keep children’s well being and socio-emotional learning at the centre because this is what children need at this time. The idea is to enable children to form deeper connections with themselves while engaging with their families too during these uncertain times and use art as a medium for a creative outlet.


Art Alerts through WhatsApp
We’ve created an online series of high quality arts-based experiences in Hindi and English (and coming soon, in more languages!) aimed towards learning through poetry, theater, visual arts, and storytelling. Children, parents and teachers receive these byte-sized activities through a daily WhatsApp alert (you can subscribe here too!) which engages them in hands-on activities, helps them share their art and interact with accomplished artists. The service is completely free to use. Through safe spaces for creative outlets and sharing, our children have been attempting art activities within their homes everyday, as well as disseminating inspiration within their own communities.
Our WhatsApp channel helped us reach 70000 children daily, across 16 countries and 23 states in India.

Audio Activities via IVRS

To reach out to the most vulnerable children, who do not even have access to a low tech platform like WhatsApp, we now intend to launch localized audio versions of these activities and scale them through IVRS and radio platforms.

Your continued support has enabled us create safe spaces for well being and learning for children across different context and we are so grateful for it.

Thank You and Stay Safe,
Team Slam Out Loud
Dear Supporters,

With some 826 million (82.6 crore) students kept out of the classroom by the Covid-19 pandemic without access to a household computer, the past few weeks have made our privilege so visual and for us as educators, highlighted the divide of access in digital engagements and learning. At Slam Out Loud, our shifted reality has strengthened our commitment to making children's voices heard everywhere.
We’ve adapted our interventions to prioritize children’s well being, leveraging the power of art and low tech platforms. All resources keep children’s well being and socio-emotional learning at the centre because this is what children need at this time. The idea is to enable children to form deeper connections with themselves while engaging with their families too during these uncertain times and use art as a medium for a creative outlet.


Art Alerts through WhatsApp
We’ve created an online series of high quality arts-based experiences in Hindi and English (and coming soon, in more languages!) aimed towards learning through poetry, theater, visual arts, and storytelling. Children, parents and teachers receive these byte-sized activities through a daily WhatsApp alert (you can subscribe here too!) which engages them in hands-on activities, helps them share their art and interact with accomplished artists. The service is completely free to use. Through safe spaces for creative outlets and sharing, our children have been attempting art activities within their homes everyday, as well as disseminating inspiration within their own communities.
Our WhatsApp channel helped us reach 70000 children daily, across 16 countries and 23 states in India.

Audio Activities via IVRS

To reach out to the most vulnerable children, who do not even have access to a low tech platform like WhatsApp, we now intend to launch localized audio versions of these activities and scale them through IVRS and radio platforms.

Your continued support has enabled us create safe spaces for well being and learning for children across different context and we are so grateful for it.

Thank You and Stay Safe,
Team Slam Out Loud
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