1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This CSR/Brand Capacity Building proposal is for the development of Slum Art Project associated with School of Art. Its mission is to mentor, restructure the mindset and to build up creative talent of children from the slum. These children will be put under thorough tutorship by creative art teachers to help develop their skills and in turn make income for themselves and their community. This project will have twenty intakes (children from the slum) between ages ten to seventeen. They will undergo trainings from the School of Art every weekend, making a total of twelve times in a month. The training runs for 3 months with 2 streams. Artworks will be made by each student ... read more 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This CSR/Brand Capacity Building proposal is for the development of Slum Art Project associated with School of Art. Its mission is to mentor, restructure the mindset and to build up creative talent of children from the slum. These children will be put under thorough tutorship by creative art teachers to help develop their skills and in turn make income for themselves and their community. This project will have twenty intakes (children from the slum) between ages ten to seventeen. They will undergo trainings from the School of Art every weekend, making a total of twelve times in a month. The training runs for 3 months with 2 streams. Artworks will be made by each student every week which will be showcased and sold during the exhibition put together by School of Art at the end of each stream. After the artwork sales, money generated will be shared as 50% to community development, 30% to the child artist to sustain his education and mental health and 20% goes to the sustainability of the project. In the course of the 3 months training, each child has the benefit of mentorship from his trainee as well as one on one consultation. This gives the child a chance to a better mindset, orientation and fulfillment. Funding of this project will come from sectors in the country and international donors that are children and art-minded, after which 20% of the money generated from the artwork sales will be invested into the continuity of the Slum Art Project. PHILOSOPHY Slum art exists to foster sustainable development within otherwise marginalised populations in Nigeria. We aim to provide long term solutions to problems common among slum dwellers and improve the mental, intellectual and emotional imbalances of children in the slum. Our approaches are centred on building future artists. Creative art is our means to that end, connecting mentors, child psychologist and care minders with slum dwellers, teaching life skills, improving the community standards and working towards giving hope to the hopeless slum child. Slum communities host a variety of complex issues on a daily basis. Prominence of sexual and domestic abuse, unemployment, alcoholism, drug usage, malnutrition and mental health issues and a cycle of disengagement from the education sector almost condemn these communities to a continuing struggle, preventing them from being successfully involved in an already disparate society. All they need to do is to draw. That simple act is therapeutic in itself. As a first step, we attempt to give our participants hope and purpose. Our centres act as safe places free of discrimination; providing positive role models and a place to develop and enjoy one self. We believe that art inherently offer a transferrable set of skills for social development; through mentorship, acceptance and discipline. We at Slum art choose specific issues that the Nigerian slums face and shape our sessions around building some specific and necessary life skills. Art serves as the messenger. All said and done, the biggest factor that enables us to use art as a tool to connect and bring about social development is quite stunningly simple. Art is life! We believe we are able to bring about increased learning and engagement through utilising this. PROBLEM STATEMENT (Slum Art) It has been observed that a major percentage of children from the slum are less-educated, have low self-esteem and a distorted mindset. Growing up in such an environment, there has been a negative impact on the child which in turn has a major effect in the economy system, future of the child and the generation to come. The inability for them to secure employment and obtain entrepreneurial skills to stay useful for the government, community and their families is due to poverty and lack of proper training to unlock and develop in-built potentials which makes the child vulnerable and open to bad influence when idleness is maintained. This is a threat to the future and a solution must be implemented EVOLUTION Our aim has always been to reach out to the slum child using art as a tool for social improvement and empowerment. Slum art has always aimed to find middle ground by ensuring that while seeking the benefits that art offers to community development, development of art itself is not neglected. Our objective is reaching out to and developing art in the grassroots. There will be weekend sessions when training will take place at 10 different locations for 20 children. This takes place for 3months as it occurs in batches. Our typical participant demographic is the slum dwelling kids. In view of our evolving philosophy, we now aim to make these participants employable. In addition to enabling them to function in a conventional society, we also hope to impart certain life skills using art. Our intention here is to bring order into our rapidly growing setup by getting youngsters and professionals involved in Social Responsibility. Our vision is to have a set of volunteers who come in during the weekend sessions to encourage and participate in the drawings as well as support in the purchase of the artworks. PROJECT ACTIVITIES -Psychomotor art therapy Psychomotor- This is a mind-body therapy which helps people identify and symbolically meet emotional needs from childhood. The human psyche responds powerfully and immediately to the effect of the therapeutic session or structure, in which each individual creates a healing symbolic memory with the assistance of the therapist and group. This approach is effective in individual sessions. Art therapy- is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person's physical, mental and emotional well-being. Psychomotor art therapy is the creative use of art to express one's self which helps to resolve issues as well as develop and manage behaviors and feelings, reduce stress and improve self-esteem and awareness from childhood. This therapy is employed for the children in order to achieve the aim of the project. -Transformation art grants (Trainee Support System) The purpose of this grant is to help children who are not selected for the training benefit from the project by giving them a token to get art materials for personal practices. The trained children undergo 'Trainee Support System' where they give back to the community by training the untrained children in art. -Weekend workshop For conveniences and to avoid interference of the training with other personal daily activities, the training occurs twice during the weekend at a convenient time for the participants. The workshop includes art training, psychomotor art therapy, life-impacting sessions and mentoring sessions. - Community Art Development In the pursuit of sustaining the project, funds are being raised through the art exhibition sales were 50% of the funds generated is put into the further development of the project within the community. Using art as a major avenue for this, slum houses with faded paintings will be re-painted by the children and volunteers, displaying the work of art. -Experienced Artists Since the aim of this project is to build future artists, it is necessary to provide them with experienced and good tutors that are capable of training and impacting lasting knowledge. The artists are subjected to an orientation that gives them a proper understanding of their job which is majorly to impact. In addition to this, each artist is expected to possess distinct leadership skills. They would be able to handle a group of children, training them on creative arts, organize life-impacting sessions, evaluate children behavior, enhance communication with the children, identify areas of improvement, manage the resources and also motivate and inspire the children. -Life Evaluation and Survival Training In the slum, there is an everyday competition of survival in regards to food, security, shelter etc. Survival training aims to bring a reduction to this. Here, the children are being exposed and trained as regards employment in their community. How they can be self-employed, less dependent and generate income for themselves, their family and community. They are trained to make at least 1 painting in a month even after the project which School of Art will help them put on exhibition. The artistic training gotten from this project will qualify them to work in any art organization or be self-employed. In doing this, their emotional intelligence is developed. It will also point out special talents asides from art. -Direct Intervention Process Children learn in a fun environment, we have to sustain their learning span by providing them with essential internal supplements that aids learning like "feed a child", a fun atmosphere where there is music and other fun facilities.
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