Paint murals with 300 Syrian Refugee children

by Artolution Vetted since 2017 Site Visit Verified

Summary

Syrian refugee youth have experienced the trauma of war and displacement from their communities and now face an uncertain future in a desert refugee camp with limited opportunities or hope for the future. Through collaborative, participatory public art- making, our initiative will promote healing, resilience and a transformational experience in which Syrian artists and children will become agents of social change in their communities by creating 3 percussive sculptures and 15 murals.

$15,000
total goal
$9,362
remaining
46
donors
2
monthly donors
10
months

Challenge

Our initiative seeks to address the trauma and stigma experienced by children in the Azraq Syrian Refugee Camp, where 32,000 refugees survive in a harsh, desert environment. Despair and violence erode the cohesiveness of the family and community structures. Many youth lack positive social environments to form healthy relationships with their peers and adults. Few opportunities exist to connect with the outside world or express oneself creatively, intensifying the feelings of isolation.

Solution

Artolution will provide training and support to local Syrian artists, who will then mentor local youth as they create murals, sculptures, and public performances in the refugee camp. Workshops will focus on storytelling, which enables youth to shape their narrative and launch transformative social change. Our initiative will provide an artistic platform for communities to express and share their struggles, which will facilitate their collective healing.

Long-Term Impact

We envision this initiative directly impacting 3,000 Syrian children each year, providing transformative experiences that improve self-confidence among participants, reduce stigma, strengthen connections in the community, and foster open dialogues about critical issues. Young Syrians will experience mentorships and form healthy relationships with positive adults, leading to social inclusion and stronger connections with society, laying the foundation for long-term transformational change.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

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Organization Information

Artolution

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.artolution.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @TheArtolution
Project Leader:
Joel Bergner
New York, NY United States
$5,638 raised of $15,000 goal
 
65 donations
$9,362 to go
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