DEVELOPING YOUTH ARTS IN AINARO (Timor Leste) pozible.com/ainaroyoutharts
Can you spare a few dollars to support young people in Timor to advance their art? The Ballarat Ainaro Community Development Organization Inc need your help to raise some cash for the great arts project in Timor.
Ballarat in Australia has had a long ‘community to community’ relationship with the Ainaro District of Timor Leste, sharing many projects in education, health, sport, midwifery and a youth theatre group.
Over the past two years Ballarat has been establishing a connection via youth art. In 2011 Ballarat noticed the wonderful work being produced by Afalyca, a youth arts group in Baucau but due to no access to lino, their printmaking had ceased.
We went back to Afalyca six months later with sufficient lino for a three week printmaking workshop. Those prints were exhibited and sold at a show ‘Send Me More Lino’ in Ballarat in 2012. All funds raised have supported Afalyca and their training four young fellas (Erik, Joao, Adriano and Zelino) from Ainaro in painting, printmaking, sculpture and music.
The Ainaro community are now very enthusiastic about setting up a youth arts space. Andrew and Karin Miller and Michael Nichols from Ballarat will be present as mentors to Erik, Joao and two Afalyca representatives when they lead the first phase of the project in July 2014.
Artwork produced during this first phase will be presented at an exhibition (‘Nine By Five More or Less’) in Ballarat in November 2014. All monies raised will support the artists and the ongoing development of the youth arts space.
The Ballarat Ainaro Community Development Organization Inc. will assist with administration of the Ainaro Youth Arts project.
Goals of the project
1. To mentor the development of a youth arts space in Ainaro, Timor Leste.
2. To share our knowledge in a sustainable environment for youth arts.
3. To share our understanding of the benefits that can accrue from a youth arts space
(ie a space for communication, skill development, expression of feelings/emotions/culture, potential for commercial opportunities, arts leadership)
How the funds will be used (we aim to raise $3,500)
All Ballarat mentors visiting Ainaro in July 2014 are totally self-funded.
The funds raised via Pozible will be used as follows:
1. Art materials (paint, brushes, printmaking materials, paper, canvas, pencils, crayons, personal diaries for participants etc).
2. Furniture (storage cupboards, chairs, tables, easels). We will seek out in-country manufacturers of the furniture.
3. Allowance to Erik and Joao to lead the first phase of development of Ainaro Youth Arts
4. Travel, accommodation and allowances to two Afalyca representatives who will assist Erik and Joao in development of Ainaro Youth Arts.
5. ANY FUNDS RAISED IN EXCESS OF $3,500 will be directed to musical instruments for the Ainaro Youth Arts space and periodic artist-in-residence programs involving artists and musicians from Arte Moris and Afalyca. We are keen also to support an artist to attend the opening of the exhibition in Ballarat in November to represent the Ainaro Youth Arts.
Project participants from Ballarat (July 2014)
Andrew Miller (Two election observer roles in Timor Leste, Curator ‘Send Me More Lino’, participant in three formal Ballarat delegations to Ainaro, Member AETA(Ballarat), Member Ballarat Friends of Ainaro Community Committee, attended 2013 Baucau Music Festival, attended four weeks arts training of for Ainaro trainees at Afalyca in 2013, BEng(Civil)).
Karin Miller (Two election observer roles and other projects in Timor Leste, Member AETA(Ballarat), Member Ballarat Friends of Ainaro Community Committee, Head of Careers at Ballarat Grammar)
Michael Nichols (Education Officer at Art Gallery of Ballarat, practising artist, experienced leader and participant in visual art groups).
Yum Studio (Creative Media Support)
Link to Pozible campaign pozible.com/ainaroyoutharts
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