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 Akanksha children who come 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.
The programmes empower Akanksha children at different stages of development to discover their own potential and eventually turn that into a source of livelihood.
- A fun, liberating, uninhibited, energetic, explorative and empowering discovery of who we are and all that we can become.
- Less about the end result and more about the process, the journey we undertake.
- Less about looking for what we want to see as adults and more about discovering art through the child’s eyes.
- Less about assignments and exams and more about self-reflection on our growth.
- Less about making art that looks good and more about creating art that feels good.