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Oct 8, 2018

Students Show Schools That Every Person Counts!

Epic Arts Students Celebrate the Tour!
Epic Arts Students Celebrate the Tour!

The last few weeks have been pretty exciting for the 13 students on our Inclusive Arts Course (IAC). The students embarked on a local tour of Kampot province, performing dance, music and drama outside of the walls Epic Arts for the first time.

Over four days the IAC students visited 7 local primary schools and NGOs to perform for over 700 children.

The students have been focused on creating the show during the past term, the dance performance was inspired by the term’s theme "The value of art from around the world".The show started with a contemporary dance piece inspired by the music and contemporary dance from Africa, the students performed animalistic-looking movements from the beating of the birds’ wings to the prancing of a gazelle. While the ensemble sections of the piece had been choreographed by Caroline, each student choreographed a solo by themselves. The best ones were then chosen to showcase.

The drama performance which followed was devised solely by the students in the theme of a journey. The performance followed colourful characters on a quest to get a magic diamond whilst the heroes faced monsters and ghosts. The whole production had been created by the students, everything from the costumes, props and the set design were a product of the students’ hard work during the last term.

The students also performed some songs which they have been learning and practicing for the last term. The music pieces were mainly Cambodian songs with a modern twist influenced by western pop music.

Besides performing outside of EA for the first time, the IAC students also got the all-round experience of being on tour. From loading and unloading to van to setting up the stage and finding a place to display their artwork every time, the students were responsible for what was necessary behind the scenes and dealing and overcoming any problems they faced.

At the very end of the tour, after their last performance at a school in Kep, the students and teachers of IAC headed off to a well-deserved afternoon at the beach, where they celebrated the success of the tour. The whole team at Epic Arts are so impressed about how much they improved in such a short amount of time in both organisational and performance skills and we couldn’t be prouder.

Thank you for donating to the Inclusive Education Programme, wihout your donations our students wouldn't be able to attend our Inclusive Arts Course, which has transformed their self esstem and confidence. Please consider setting up a monthly gift to our programme to enable our studnets continue building their confidence and artistic skills.

Students help set up the venue themselves
Students help set up the venue themselves
Students Show Off Their Dance Moves!
Students Show Off Their Dance Moves!

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Jul 18, 2018

Meet the Students You Funded - Part 3

Sophat, Hang and Maly
Sophat, Hang and Maly

Thank you for supporting the students on Epic Arts Inclusive Arts Course. Have you been thinking about donating again? All donations are currently being matched by 40% - Donate today to help us recieve free money for our students.

We’re now almost a year into the Inclusive Arts Course (IAC) and the students that you helped fund have settled in and found their feet. Last week the students held a performance showcase and had the audience in hysterics.

Although the course focuses on a range of art disciplines it’s not just an arts course. It’s a way for these young people to explore themselves, develop skills, confidence & new attitudes to their own ability.

In our last email update we introduced 3 new students. We’d like to introduce you to 3 more:

Sophat

Is a big character who enjoys performance whether that’s in the form of dance or drama. Originally from Pursath province, Sophat contracted polio when he was seven months old.

Sophat has never let his disability hold him back he joined Epic Arts in October 2017 after graduating grade 12 to study the creative arts in a formal space. Before Sophat joined Epic Arts he had a range of expeirience in the arts including; singing with musicians in his hometown for a year and a half, being a radio DJ on a local station for half a year and dedicated 6 months to learning keyboard.

Maly

Maly joined the Inclusive Arts Course after hearing about it from the deaf community in Kampot. Maly had previously been studying sign language at Deaf Development Programme (DDP) in Kampot, where many of Epic Arts staff hang out at the weekends.

Maly had got to know some of the Epic staff members and had come to a few performances in Kampot. She told us, “When I saw the deaf dancers, I thought it was amazing I love to draw and dance so I just thought WOW I want to do that! ”

Hang

Hang is from Kampong Thom and was born withcerebral palsy. She applied application to inclusive arts course because she likes to dance.

Hang is one student is one of the student’s who we’ve seen grow over the last year. When she first joined Epic Arts she was shy and made little eye contact, now comfortable in herself and her surroundings  she is bright, giggly and can be often seen taking a leadership role.

Your Gift Means a Lot

These are just three of our students, over the next few months - we'll be sending you updates on their progress and introducing you to the other students that you've helped with your kind donation.

Thank you again for our helping us to get these students onto the Inclusive Arts Course, we're so grateful for your donation.

We receive no statutory funding for this course so we rely on donations from generous donors like you to fund our life-changing course and empower young people with disabilities. Please consider setting up a monthly donation to help us continue our transformational work.

Thank you

Hang during dance class
Hang during dance class
IAC group photo
IAC group photo
Jul 11, 2018

Creative Education For Children With Disabilities

SEP having fun drawing in class
SEP having fun drawing in class

This month our Special Education Project was awarded national recognition from the Ministry of Education, for the work we’re doing with children and young adults with  learning disabilities.

“It’s amazing that the government have recognized our work at a national level because the work we do is not just inclusive education, it’s inclusive education through the creative arts.

Inclusive Education through creative arts  is a unique concept in Cambodia and Epic Arts are pioneering the way forward.

I believe that the arts are the key to making inclusive education move forward and help even more children with learning disabilities access education .

The arts are a great way for children with disabilities to forget about the discrimination they face, to express themselves and to bring them happiness.” - Co-Director, Onn Sokny

We currently run three classes for children from age 3 to 27 with learning disabilities. Each and every child in our classes has a individual learning plan and personal targets to help them progress and develop. We have 33 students and our classes are small so that teachers can give attention to every student.

In Kampot, we’re the only organisation offering education for children with learning disabilities. Children with down’s syndrome or autism aren’t accepted into the public school system and there is limited knowledge about inclusive education.

Our Special Education Project couldn’t run without your donations. Why not set up a monthly donation this year to help us continue our work.

As little as £10 a month can help pay for the tuk-tuk to bring children to our centre, buy fresh fruit and snacks for the children or buy the materials and resources which the teachers need for their classes.

SEP student proud of his colourful drawing
SEP student proud of his colourful drawing
 
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