Art for Akanksha empowers children from low-income communities with a powerful art education, provides art-related career opportunities for Akanksha alumni and generates revenue through high-quality products. Visit our Website
Art for Akanksha is about children and their fascinating creative expression.
It’s about children who have really tough lives but still find a reason to laugh and sing. It’s about children who instinctively choose to use bright reds, blues and pinks even when they’ve had a rough day. It’s about art and its wonderful way of allowing children to be spontaneous, free and in control of what they create.
True education is not just about earning grades on core subjects. It’s about seeing problems creatively and using different approaches to find better results. It’s about learning skills and values that define who we are, and using that learning to make the right choices.
Such learning opportunities are vital for children, particularly when they come from low-income communities where a happy childhood is a distant privilege. This is where Art for Akanksha makes a difference.
Art is a vehicle through which children can speak their mind, paint their world and dream of a very different life for themselves. At our art class, the children don’t just learn art. They laugh, do masti and immerse themselves in a world that takes them on a magical journey of discovery. It’s a way to hang on to a childhood that so many of them don’t have.
Art for Akanksha is guided by a firm conviction in the power of art to build skills, strengthen values and nurture a positive attitude. We’ve been taking quality art education to children from low-income communities through:
Our 3-11 year olds learn a visual language through which they discover, create and tell their stories. They have at least two hours of art every week, where they are introduced to drawing, painting, printing, sculpture, textiles and collage work. Field trips, artist workshops, projects and portfolios, all give them a chance to explore what art can really do for them.
Our 12-14 year olds participate in an art lab, connected to their school, for three years. In these labs, they explore, discover and design futures that may have art playing very important roles. The rigorous programme also pushes their thinking and problem solving abilities. It includes talks and office visits to see the professional face of art.
Students (from the art labs) older than 15 get career guidance and financial aid to pursue art. The alumni also complete art-related internships, getting hands-on exposure to the job opportunities that await them. Each year, a few entrepreneurs also participate in a programme that hones their design and business skills, provides initial funding to start a line of products and supports in marketing them.
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Art for Akanksha, Voltas House C, TB Kadam Marg, Chinchpokli, Mumbai – 33, India
+91 22 65246333