Arts education can instill in young people a sense of satisfaction, which comes from working together to create something.

It can provide sense of where they come from, why they matter and how they fit together. Through Arts we can explore different ways of expressing thoughts, experiences and feelings that are not easily expressed in everyday language and signs.

The creativity and imagination inspires us to challenge norms and the confidence to take a stand for what we believe is right. We use Social Arts to connect with each other on a more ‘Human’ level, bypassing barriers of caste, religion, gender, class and other social constructs.

Over the years, we’ve worked on several social issues ranging from Freedom of Expression, Human Rights, HIV/AIDS Awareness, Gender Justice, Child Rights and Environment Sustainability. As broad as far-ranging as these issues are, we encourage our participants to take an inward journey and explore how these issues impact them and what they can do to bring changes. It’s about empowering them to become agents of change within their networks of influence.

One of our pioneering programs ‘Threads of Humanity’ has been particularly beneficial in this regard. Working with ‘Children in Conflict with Law’, one realizes the importance of Expressive Arts based interventions. Through our work, we impart a sense of dignity and self-respect to the boys who suffer from a deep conflict of an identity crisis. Based on parameters of reformation under the Juvenile Justice Act, our work is able to empower our participants with a heightened sense of ‘self’ and bettered communication skills within their peer groups.

Through performances and workshops, we see our participants develop a sense of pride and self respect when they present something they have created. It often translates into enhanced self motivation as they recognize ability, a skill in themselves that is appreciated by others, as well as a sense of purpose in working towards a particular goal.

A heightened level of introspection leads to an individual being Emotionally Intelligent. Building Emotional Intelligence is the theme that will run through all our work this year. Defined as one’s ability to effectively identify and manage one’s own emotions as well as those of others, emotionally intelligent people are self regulated with well developed social skills and a great level of empathy, as they are creative in understanding the emotions of others as well.

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