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The Dharavi Art Room utilizes the medium of art to empower children and women of marginalized communities. We believe that exploring, expressing and exchanging ideas through art creates confidence and stimulates personal growth. The Art Room promotes a unique and fun community participatory approach which enables the community to take control over their lives.

The absence of positive educational and extracurricular activities for children in marginalized communities leads to lack of safe spaces and resources with which to explore personal and neighbourhood issues through artistic mediums. This narrows exposure and communication between groups in society, perpetuating negative stereotypes and constraining opportunities to shape one’s life.

What better way of promoting the mission of the Dharavi Art Room than through Printmaking? Printmaking, being the process of creating multiples, has a long history of making art accessible to all and spreading it to the masses. During our upcoming project, children from the Art Room will be able to explore print making and use these techniques as a form of self-expression to share their own thoughts and stories. Each child will learn about the printmaking processes, explore mono-printing and create their own original linoleum relief prints that will result in a group exhibition. We are also hoping to put together a book documenting the workshop and the artwork created during this project.

This project will be facilitated by Matthew Braun. Matt is a printmaker and art activist from the United States of America. Art is a valuable tool for people to express themselves and share their voices with others. Matt is passionate about promoting art within the community and making it accessible to all.

We are looking for support to help fund this project. We would like to assemble printmaking kits for the Dharavi Art Room which would include linoleum plates, water based inks, carving tools, brayers and other materials for the workshop. As well as helping with space costs, funds will also be used to help support a group art show where the children will be able to exhibit their artwork.

Art is a form of empowerment, solidarity and a means to find peace in this world. We humbly thank you for your interest in our work. As a token of our appreciation we are offering a hand printed postcard to donors upon request.

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17th March 2018
Greetings Everyone,

After a lot of hard work the children are finally having an exhibition showcasing their prints this weekend! The show features paintings, photographs and prints all created by the amazing artists from the Dharavi Art Room.

We can't thank you enough for all the support and kind wishes.

With love from Dharavi,

17th February 2018
Dear Supporters,

It has been an exciting week at the Dharavi Art Room. Some of the students had exhibited their work in a photograph show entitled "Breath, Eyes, Memory" at Pundole's Art Gallery in Mumbai. The young artists also participated in a gallery talk. It was inspiring to see them speak with such passion and confidence about their artwork.

We also started printing our final blocks based on "Our Neighborhood." We will be continuing to work on our prints for our upcoming show and keep you updated throughout the process. Thank you for your ongoing support.

With love from Dharavi,

29th January 2018
Dear Supporters,

This week we continued to practice printing our linoleum blocks. The prints are piling up! We also began sketching ideas for our final print. The theme that we are exploring for our last print is "Our Neighborhood." Some of the students even went outside to do some observational drawings! We are all busy creating and excited to put together an art show of all of our work. We will keep you updated with our progress here in the heart of Mumbai.

With love from Dharavi,

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Supporters (28)

marjie donated US $40
7 months ago

good luck Matthew!

Fern donated US $50
7 months ago

What a wonderful project!

Eva donated US $103.17
7 months ago
Rene donated US $80
8 months ago

Thanks again for all your love Matthew!

Sally donated US $500
8 months ago
Milaap Impact Partner donated Rs.315
8 months ago

Matching payment towards SAGARIKA’s contribution