Aug 7, 2021

The Children Come First

One of the murals made at the shelter
One of the murals made at the shelter
Donors thank you for your continued support. 
 The eruption of the volcano, La Soufriere in April, caused many disrupptions and challenges.   
Youlou Arts Foundation immediately responded to the disaster by donating art supplies to the children in shelters at the Buccament Government School, the Calliaqua Government School, the Girls High School and the Central Leeward Secondary School at Peter's Hope.  
In June Youlou Arts Foundation hired an art instructor to provide art activities for children sheltering in schools. The plan was to create murals and other fun art activities. The targeted schools were: the Thomas Saunders Secondary School, the Kingstown Preparatory School, CW Prescott School, the Girls High School, and the Grammar School.
 A total of four outdoor murals were created with help from the evacuees.    
  Finally during the last week of July the shippment of art supplies needed for the art kits arrived. The shippment contained donations from "The Beautiful Stuff Project", members from "Turtle Studios" and friends in Massachusetts, 
Currently the art kits are being distributed to the children in shelters.   
Preperations are being made for the 2021 annual visual arts programme which starts August 9th.
  This year the program is being offered in one location, at the Youlou Art Centre, Indian Bay.
 There will be news about this program in my next report. Stay tuned donors and continue to support us. Your financial aid is always needed.
Some art supplies for the art kits
Some art supplies for the art kits
Poster Advertising the 2021 Visual Arts Program
Poster Advertising the 2021 Visual Arts Program
Apr 12, 2021

Violent Eruption of Volcano In St. Vincent

The volcano the night before the violent eruption
The volcano the night before the violent eruption
 
   
 
   On Friday morning, April 9th around 8: 50 am the volcano, La Soufriere started to erupt violently on the island of St. Vincent. 
People who live near the volcano were evacuated the day before and placed in shelters. This violent eruption continued throughout the day.  The next day, Saturday,  the island was covered with ash. In some areas several feet and others just a dusting. 
It is a distrissing state of affairs.
No one knows how long the volcano activities will continue - or how long it will be before the island returns to regular life. This is compounded by the fact that all this is happenig in the midst of a pamdemic. It is truly tragic!
  Donors your full support is needed during this crisis. At the moment,
Youlou Arts is organizing to send art kits for the childen stuck in shelters.
  We need your help more than ever. St. Vincent is truly going through a difficult time.
The volcano violently erupting
The volcano violently erupting

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Jan 28, 2021

SVG Stricken With Covid 19

Child at the "Hello Art" art class
Child at the "Hello Art" art class
There was a period between September and December 2020 when activities at the Youlou Art Centre were more or less back to normal, since the pandemic started in March. 
Schools reopened in September and were fine until December when they closed for the Christmas Holidays. Since then schools have not been able to reopen.  An unofficial lockdown is taking place on the island.
   At the Youlou Art Centre all activities have ceased. 
  
During the normal period the Youlou Art Centre continued offering art classes. The Saturday morning art for children titled " Hello Art "  continued and a new weekly art class started for adults. 
There was an opening reception on Saturday, December 12, for the show 3 + 3. This show featured the art work of three painters and three photographers. The plan is to keep the show up until the end of March and maybe longer.
 At the moment there are no visitors.  
 
We are standing still and hoping for better days. It is sad!
However we continue to plan for the future. We are planning an art teachers show and a one woman show by an artists who is an alum of the "Growing Young SVG Artists" programme. All very exciting upcoming events.
Donors we need your support through these dark times.
Dawn is around the corner. We thank you for your continued support. 
 
Child at the "Hello Art" Saturday morning class
Child at the "Hello Art" Saturday morning class
Art making at the adult class
Art making at the adult class
Participant at the adult class
Participant at the adult class
Painting during the adult class
Painting during the adult class
 
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