印度社群藝術交流 計劃 Ability & Disadvantaged Children Workshop – Art in Residence programme
Dec.16-21,2006, Greater Noida, India
「全人藝動」剛於2006年12月前往印度新德里，應當地一國際社會服務機構–新德里基督教青年會 (Greater Noida Programme Centre, New Delhi YMCA) 的邀請，為不同階層的青少年人舉辦名為「許願樹」的社群藝術交流計劃。
“There are children in the world;
Who have never known the Joy
Of a Christmas full of cheers;
Although Santa does his best
To make all the children smile;
Sometimes grown ups just forget
Christmas started with the child!”
These lines sung by the children of Fr. Agnel Balbhawan summarize the aim and message of the just concluded Ability & Disadvantaged Children Workshop – Art-in-Residence Programme entitled, “Hope-The Wishing Tree,”organised by the YMCA Greater Noida Programme Centre from 16 – 20 December, 2006.
The workshop was conducted in association with Art for All, Hong Kong (a Charitable Community Art Organization) for the disadvantaged children drawn from Fr. Agnel Balbhavan, Udayan Care, Savera Welfare School, and other institutions such as Somerville School, Delhi Public School, APJ International, Vishwa Bharti School, and Ursuline Convent. Some senior students of Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH) also participated and helped in the various workshops. Powerful and emotional concluding musical performance by and for the children was the outcome of parallel workshops conducted by artists in visuals, dance, dramatics and music. It depicted the dreams and resolution of nearly 120 participating students as they pledged to work for the fulfillment of their dreams both big and small and good of the children in need. The workshop started with an introductory musical presentation about the dreams of Three Trees and what they eventually became after they were chopped. It succeeded in bringing the different groups of children together. There were some tender and lighter moments as grown-up students helped the smaller children in more than many ways. Also, there were visible signs of appreciation of each other’s manifold talents. Above all the artists from Hong Kong were extremely popular. Thank-you cards and those for safe-travel were extended. Addresses were exchanged, and new friends were made!
The final mini-performance was a delight! The four workshops were blended together to create one mural with a strong message of unison, love for each other and to treasure and cherish the experience of being together. The dance and music created by the participant themselves was so moving that everybody participated with passion- the participants, teachers, parents and guests and all those who steered this unique workshop including Ms. Evelyna Liang Kan, Art Consultant and Director, Art for All, other Hong Kong artists Wylie So , Bon (Dance), Patrick (Art), Chuen Ho (Music), and T.Y. Yeung and Jerry(Dramatics), and local resource persons.
Support was extended by Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority, Surya Food & Agro limited (Priyagold), DS Group, and Birla Institute of Management Technology.
We, in the YMCA were optimistic from the beginning that this event will not only make the participants, resource artists and facilitators feel that they have contributed to something noble, but will set a wave of consciousness in our community on the aspiration and challenges of disadvantaged children.
Hopefully, it did! What better Christmas present can we give to our community?
YMCA Greater Noida Programme Centre