Anusha’s story is not unusual. Like her, there are a number of children who have been systematically stigmatized by an education system that is quick to judge children and their capabilities around a very narrow set of measures. Over time these children struggle with confidence, independent thinking, stepping outside their comfort zone, trying new things, and taking risks. Their capacity to thrive in learning environments is often compromised. What these children need more than anything are vibrant opportunities for learning that embrace their distinct voices and celebrate their unique ideas.
Art education provides an inclusionary solution to developing valuable skills and attitudes in a wide range of learners who might otherwise be marginalized by the education system. According to research, art education can foster broad dispositions and habits of mind such as the ability to think creatively, envision, pose questions, test ideas, deal with ambiguity, and much more. These skills and attitudes are integral for children's future success. They prepare children to be adaptive and innovative in the face of new demands and changing circumstances.
The Creative Learning Lab Program:
We believe that all children deserve access to enriching learning opportunities that unlock their minds, engage their hearts, and ignite creative confidence. While the barriers to learning are very real, we also believe that if we make learning and learning environments interactive, fun, and inclusive, more children will learn, and more importantly, shed inhibitions that restrict learning. To this end, ArtSparks Foundation’s Creative Learning Labs serve children, Grades 1 through 8, attending local Govt. and low-fee/aided schools. Through a year-long program, children attending these schools receive access to a vibrant space that uses the mediums of visual art and design to facilitate meaningful learning that is hands-on, experiential, and inquiry-based. The primary focus of the Lab, and the carefully designed interventions in place within, is to develop students’ capacities across 8 performance indicators, namely: problem solving; flexible thinking; investigation; creative risk-taking; attention to detail; perseverance; collaboration; communication. These 8 skills and attitudes are integral to student’s holistic growth and development, and if nurtured consistently, has shown to positively impact their participation in school and learning in other domains. Through the Creative Learning Labs, ArtSparks also conducts ongoing workshops for teachers, school administrators, parents, SDMC members, and local educational officials to build greater awareness around the role of art in education.
We presently serve close to 4000 children directly, while reaching thousands more indirectly through our Professional Learning Program that works with NGO's across 12 states in India.The challenges of Covid-19 has not deterred us in our mission, and we are proud to have gone through the 2020-21 school year, continuing our commitments, serving our children, and working to capacity-build stakeholders and other NGO partners. In 2021-22, we want to ensure that we are able to continue our efforts and build on our strengths. We hope you will consider supporting us in this endeavour.
Please consider supporting our efforts through this campaign. A little contribution can go a long way, and we’d love to have you on this journey with us as we continue to reinvent how children learn. Please also help us spread the word by sharing a link to this campaign with others.
We are able to accept INR donations from Indian Citizens only at this time. All contributions are tax deductible under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act.
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