Jan 17, 2018

"I Want to be the Next Epic Arts Video Star!"

Students working in Visual Arts Class
Students working in Visual Arts Class

We’d like to wish you a happy new year from all the staff and students at Epic Arts! 

Both our Special Education classes and Inclusive Education Course  are back after some much needed rest. 

Inclusive Arts Course

Our Inclusive Arts Course began in late October thanks to you and your generous donations. We welcomed 13 students on to the course. They finished their first term in December and all thirteen students returned back in early January.  

“I really enjoy coming to Epic Arts course it is so good to work creatively together with others  and to be accepted as me” – IAC student

“I joined Epic Arts because I saw all their videos on Facebook. I want to be the star of the next one!” – IAC student

“I’ve been blown away by how much they’ve grown and developed in my class!” – IAC Dance Teacher

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Special Education Project 

The Special Education team are back with Peace Class (6-11) and Independent Class (13 – 27)  We have exciting news in the pipeline for our Special Education Project in 2018 we will be looking for children with disabilities under the age of 6 to join our  project. This is the first time we’ve formally had a class for younger children but we have had a few success stories from children we’ve taught. 

“I’ve seen from my own son, Nak - who has Down’s Syndrome and has been at Epic Arts since he was three years old, that when we teach children from a younger age it really develops there ability to learn”  - Kagna, SEP Team Leader & Senior Teacher

"I'm happy because we get to reach more families to show them that their children can learn. I’m excited because I believe that this will lead to more children with disability being accepted into primary schools, which will give them more opportunities in life!”" - Chanthat, Social Worker

 

We can’t support these young adults and children  without your generous donations, Thank you from 

 

 

Students during Dance Class
Students during Dance Class
Students during Dance Class
Students during Dance Class
Oct 30, 2017

New Students Join Epic Arts!

New IAC Students
New IAC Students

Thank you for supporting students to join Epic Arts Inclusive Arts Course.

Earlier this month 11 young people with & without disabilities aged 17 – 25 came from far and wide from across to begin their journey with Epic Arts. The new students will study together and live in our boarding house together for 2 years.

 The course focuses on a range of art dicsiplines from visual arts to music and also features English class, IT & Life skills – which covers everything from wellbeing to CV writing.

 The Inclusive Arts Course is not only an arts course it’s a way for these young people to explore themselves, develop skills, confidence & new attitudes to their own ability.

 The course has proven to be transformative with previous students saying that the course helped them to “see that even though I have a disability I have value to society and I can lead a good life.”

Here’s what the students have to say for themselves:

 

“I have cerebral palsy and I want to get stronger. Epic Arts believe in me, it makes me feel proud that they have a someone else with CP working as a dancer & administrator already”. – Hang

 

“I’m happy to be in a place where all the staff & classmates help each other, I want to help other people too! Epic Arts is a good atmosphere for everyone if you have a disability or not!” - Maly

 

“I saw the Epic Arts videos that’s why I joined the course. I want to be a star in the next video! I’m excited to study drama, practice and improve.” - Ly

 

“I want to learn how to dance to songs that I like to listen too. I’m excited to make new friends with students & staff” – Sok

 

“I played the drums a little bit before and I want to get better. My aim is to learn to be a musician” - Dop

 

“I love to dance! I’m excited to learn contemporary dance and ways to dance in my wheelchair” - Malis

 

The students also sent their thanks to everyone has donated so far to the course.

 

From the global giving campaign we’ve been able to fully fund 2 students from your donations.

This course receives no statutory funding so we really on donations from our generous donors and income from our social enterprises to fund the course.

If you can, please set up a monthly donation to help us continue to deliver this life-changing course.

Veteran Performer, Savy, teaches a student
Veteran Performer, Savy, teaches a student
New students enjoy dance class
New students enjoy dance class
Performer, Mary, Leads a game with students
Performer, Mary, Leads a game with students
Oct 30, 2017

Arts Education makes the curriculum in Cambodia

Student focuses on creating
Student focuses on creating

Our project has been running for over 2 years now and our team has seen a big impact for the children taking part in the workshops. Our Facilitators are very proud of the project and the children they’ve taught. They told me that they wished they could’ve taken part in arts at an earlier age.

“I can see a difference in the children. When they first join the workshop they are shy about performing but at the end of the term all the children are confident to perform in front of the whole school!” – Thou, Team Leader.

 “I went to a NGO run school for children with disabilities and luckily arts was on the curriculum there. I got to find my passion for the arts when I was young.” – Savun, Facilitator 

 “I wish I had the chance to take part in dance and drama when I was a kid! I think it is a good way for the children to use their energy & creativity in a good way” – Teuly, Facilitator

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In Cambodia the arts aren’t part of the national curriculum but this is changing.

In early 2017, our partners Cambodia Living Arts signed a five-year MoU with the Ministry of Education to pilot the implementation of arts education at Cambodian public schools.

Thanks to lobbying from CLA and other arts organisations around Cambodia, the ministry is now adapting their long-term strategy & focus from STEM to STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math.

Epic Arts are proud to partner with Cambodia Living Arts and share our resources in Arts Education.  

We created the ‘Arts in Schools’ project because we think it’s vital for children to use their creativity in an arts setting. When we started the project we hoped that in the future every child in Cambodia could take part in art activities as part of their education. It looks like it might not take as long as we’d thought!

Let's paint!
Let's paint!
 
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