Community Art Programme for Rural Women
Since 2008, Art for All has partnered with local women groups in Henan to empower its rural women. Using fabric, a form that is familiar to the women, Art for All has provided a channel for self exploration and expression in fabric art programmes. The activities explored issues of domestic life, gender roles, feminine health and violence. Various forms of participatory drama were also held to encourage involvement and discussions.
In addition to community art programmes, Art for All also provided training for local community workers in the use of community art. The trust and empowerment nurtured among the women contributed greatly to the existing drama programmes, which became highly successful staged and education short films. A featured educational film is in the production stage, with Art for All participating in the story and script.
The artist team recently completed a series of programmes with elderlies, children and families. The villagers created an elderly choir, a parent-child musical play and a mural over that is 200m long. The programmes expanded creative and expressive opportunities through art for the villagers, bringing them together through fun and sharing.