Present and Future Projects

Having come from an artistic and hands-on family, I would like to believe that my sense and understanding of creativity expresses a unique part of my DNA. A free progress learning program influenced me from a very early age. These are the foundations that I stand for today, especially when I’m getting ready to create an educational edifice to honour my predecessors. I am working with my family to create and run ARTS-GLACERHI, an All India Society that was originally registered in 2001.

It all started with a dire need to develop a new strategy for an Arts and Culture in my country. Here, in my context, right now, the main focus is:

  • To create and stimulate an awareness among the public for creative springs of unrecognized talents, as well as known experienced and skilled artists and crafts persons in the field of Glass, Ceramics and Handicrafts.
  • To conserve, revive and promote the arts and crafts with a special emphasis on the continuation in the present and the future.
  • To encourage and promote art, artists, crafts, with a special emphasis on the artists and crafts persons of caliber and potential in the creative visual arts and performing arts but as yet less projected.

As of now, we have a great starting point of hosting three spaces over three states for all our endeavors. We are at the beginning of the process, re-launching a Community Centre in Delhi-NCR, for collaborations, workshops, theatre, music, and dance workshops and performances as well as ceramic and glass and Papier-mâché workshops. My intentions are to create a platform for experiential learning through arts for children from lesser privileged backgrounds, as well as create regular sessions for the neighbourhood community around our Community Centre.

 

We would like to:

  • Implement a strategy to expand collaborations (nationally and internationally).
  • Put on ‘sustainable feet’ for procurement and maintenance of physical infrastructure, financing, digital archival and marketing/promotions.
  • Innovate creative expression and give it a platform.
  • Archive everyday stories of the community centre for future archives.
  • Enable a good security system for all spaces relevant to the residency space, the community centre as well as the cafe-cum-gallery.

 

At the moment, we are creating co-funding partnerships and collaborative opportunities for:

  • Nature Club:
    • for Children: We will learn to grow 10 urban growing beds of companion plants with the children and learn how to grow different vegetables and flower beds. Urban farming experts will facilitate the learning modules used with the children, and it will be run on donations from farmers and institutions who want children to learn this extremely necessary skill to grow their own food, and understand nutrition.
    • for Adults: We will have masterclasses every fortnight and invite experts, hobbyists, specialists, farmers, F&B, to come and talk and inform the community of the dangers of food (packaged food, chemically ripened vegetables and fruits, etc.). The aim is to create a gardening group of adults who come in and aid in the growing processes of the community centre along with their personal gardening pursuits.
    •  Storytelling sessions with the theme of nature.
  • Music Sessions:
    • Regular music classes/sessions for children of the neighbourhood (who can afford music classes). The fee will cover the fees for the facilitator as well as space rent to host the classes/sessions.
    • Weekly music sessions for children from less-privileged environments co-sponsored through grants, sponsorship, donations and other non-for-profit methods.
  • Art Sessions:
    • Regular art classes/sessions for children of the neighbourhood (who can afford music classes). The fee will cover the fees for the facilitator as well as space rent to host the classes/sessions.
    • Weekly art/craft sessions for children from less-privileged environments co-sponsored through grants, sponsorship, donations and other non-for-profit methods.
    • Fortnightly sessions with creative experts in the fields of screen-printing, clay, ceramics, enameling, installations made for the community at the centre.
  • Performing arts and Performances:
    • Musical performances
    • Theatre performances
    • Puppet performances
    • Dance performances
    • Workshops in theatre, dance, puppetry, etc. with the children who come from less privileged environments.

Vaibhavi Kowshik – India

I am currently based out of New Delhi, India, and is engaged full-time in this venture, striving to make this vision come alive for the society, by initiating processes and partnerships for the community centre. I am keenly interested in creating and following conscious creative economy ethics, while building systems and processes for the three different spaces and how they function.

The community centre aims to build a comprehensive institution that garners art, music, performance art workshops, cultural projects and events, with and for the community around it.

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