Arts Education International

Our Vision is to provide high-quality, immersive, sustainable, community-based arts programs for orphaned and abandoned children all over the world. These programs provide: Emotional Rehabilitation Through the Arts The exploration of artistic outlets of expression provide children with the ability to confront trauma on their own terms. Participating in the arts restores the ability to play in children who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. Connection to Indigenous Arts By connecting orphaned and abandoned children with the bearers of artistic tradition within their own communities, we offer children a connection to their own cultural heritage that would otherwise be mis...

Arts Education International
745 Green Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
United States
631 8971162
http://www.artseducationinternational.org

Board of Directors

Sarah Geller, Perla Ni, Paul Lappas, Arthur Lundquist, Emily Holden, Alison Rapetti, Kwasi Ampene, Brenda Romero, Mohamed Kamara, Nathaniel Jones, Sarah Avorgah

Project Leaders

Sarah Geller

Mission

Our Vision is to provide high-quality, immersive, sustainable, community-based arts programs for orphaned and abandoned children all over the world. These programs provide: Emotional Rehabilitation Through the Arts The exploration of artistic outlets of expression provide children with the ability to confront trauma on their own terms. Participating in the arts restores the ability to play in children who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. Connection to Indigenous Arts By connecting orphaned and abandoned children with the bearers of artistic tradition within their own communities, we offer children a connection to their own cultural heritage that would otherwise be missing in cultures where traditions are passed on through family lineage Community Empowerment By employing indigenous visual artists, musicians, dancers, dramatists and writers, AEI emphasizes the importance of sustainable programs in which communities help themselves. By maintaining a close working relationship with local artists, and with caretakers and administrators at the orphanages and children’s homes we serve, we can more effectively address the specific and unique needs of each community in which we work. Career Opportunities For those children who show a particular proclivity towards or dedication to a specific discipline, we provide opportunities for private study and eventual apprenticeship with prominent artists who have maintained successful careers within that discipline. Our vision is achieved through a three-fold program employing the following components. Two-week Annual Arts Camps Our programs begin with a two-week, immersive arts camp at each children’s home and orphanage we serve. During this camp, five hours of daily instruction is provided in music, visual art, dance and drama. The goal of this first camp is to introduce the children to the artists and the disciplines they instruct. The immersive style of the program allows the children to focus on the artistic instruction, without the distractions of their daily lives that often include adult responsibilities. In other words, this is a time when the kids get to be kids. The camp culminates in a public community recital and art show, where the children showcase all that they have learned. The two-week arts camps occur every year, at the same time of year, giving the children a consistent and exciting event to look forward to each year. Year-round Instruction Twice-weekly group lessons are provided beginning two weeks after the annual arts camp, and continuing through the year. These art, music, dance, drama, and writing lessons are offered to every child at the orphanages and children’s homes we serve. Private Instruction and Apprenticeship Any child who shows a proclivity towards or dedication to a particular discipline is offered the opportunity to take private lessons with an instructor. Children fourteen years and older have the opportunity to rehearse and perform with participating artists in an apprenticeship setting.

Programs

Arts Education International currently provides arts outreach programs and vocational training for over 700 children in West Africa. We have five programs in Ghana and Sierra Leone and will be initiating two more programs this year. We have two programs in the village of Daru in Sierra Leone's Kailahun district, one program in the township of Makeni located in Sierra Leone's Bombali District, and one program at the D.O.V.E. Children's Home in Gloucester (a suburb of Freetown, Sierra Leone.) For each of our programs we provide workshops in music and dance, practical arts including batik fabric-dyeing and t-shirt and sign stencil printing, and drama. Our drama workshops focus on child rights education, HIV and AIDS awareness and peaceful conflict resolution. We have also provided supplemental programming in batik fabric dyeing and t-shirt printing at the All As One orphanage in Freetown (www.allasone.org)

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