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Hi, I’m Niki and I’m a new volunteer on the Art Relief International program! I’m from Scotland and have been here in Chiang Mai for a week so far – a week full of delicious Thai food and many an iced coffee! Our art workshops have had us splattering paint, making collages with fabric, cutting up toilet rolls and even laying grass in the Stratton Playground! It’s been great fun and I’m looking forward to my next 5 weeks here.
In the early mornings and hot afternoon sun, you will find these children out wandering the streets with strings of sweet smelling jasmine flowers clasped in their grubby hands and hopeful eyes, trying to put food on the table.
Chiang Mai is home to approximately 120,000 Burmese refugees and migrants in search of freedom from fear and oppression. What they find here in Thailand is far different from what they expect. The family members are utilized for cheap construction labor and not given rights or residency by the Thai government. As a result, they have no choice but to live in construction camp slums and their children are not allowed to attend school.
Every Thursday, our Art Relief International team and volunteers lay out mats and tables in the CCT yard and gather the local refugee children for fantastic art workshops that our volunteers personally plan and lead. The Young Lions outreach workshops give these children the chance to just be kids for a change and to express themselves creatively as well as the opportunity to meet other children and family and to begin the process of building a strong community. With so much time spent trying to survive, these children have little time left to just be kids.
For an afternoon, our office yard is filled with the beautiful sound of children's laughter and the pitter-patter of grubby feet and messy hands. During this hour, they are transported to different countries, explore the world through art, and learn new skills.
The success we've seen with our local children has been profound and from donations to our Indiegogo campaign, we hope to broaden our program's reach to include Burmese refugee children who live further out, in the many construction camp slums surrounding Chiang Mai.
Please help us make this happen by lending your support and raising awareness! Share this link and the work we do with all your friends and family!
Only 23 days left!
A big shout out to all those who have donated to the cause! And a personal thank you to Marie Danner! Your support means more than you can know to both us and the children's lives this program touches! So thank you from the bottom of our heart!
We started this workshop with a new game called “ree ree kao sarn” in Thai” but we sang “London Bridge” instead. The rule is easy, two people form the bridge by holding their hands together over their heads. Then we sing a song, the bridge has to catch one player when the song ends. Then that player has to choose between two items, such as train or bicycle, which are chosen by the bridge members. Which item they choose determines whose team they have to join. At the end we have two teams and each team leader has to try to catch the last member of the other team. It was so fun and we laughed a lot with this game.
The last couple weeks at Hope Home have been really great! The kids have come leaps and bounds from when we first started working with them. I usually work with Phil, our little boy with the amazing feet. While Phil still has limited movement with his hands, everyday he learns to do something new with his feet. Last week I was so impressed to see him “wai” in response to “Sawatdee ka” and hold a paintbrush in between his toes.
For last week’s workshops we focused on mono-printing by painting on aluminum foil and then pressing paper on top of the painted image. We thought it would be fun to try putting the kids in some different positions and letting them paint sitting on the floor rather than in their wheel chairs. We warmed up with a beautiful rendition of “If your happy and you know it…” With the kids helping us clap and stomp as best they could. We then set off to paint; Boonrat and Joy worked with rollers and brushes while Phil made a work of art not only on the paper but on his feet and the surrounding area as well. Sitting on the floor, he was able to better reach the paper and paint trays and also practice both gliding the paint and stomping his feet to make different marks. It was really amazing to see him hold the paintbrush between his toes and even move it back and forth a bit. He was also able to press the paper down on the aluminum foil and pick it up all by himself. We could see in his eyes and his glowing smile that he was really proud of himself and enjoying his new found freedom of movement.
This morning we introduced the kids to watercolor resist, and again they just blew us away with their strength and enthusiasm. Both Boonrat and Phil were really eager to paint and to hold the brushes and paints on their own and even little Pancake was painting! She hasn't wanted to paint in months! Phil also practiced drawing with a crayon that he held between his toes. He did such a great job, I think he may be writing his name soon! We finished the day with a nice walk around the neighborhood and some wheelchair foot races, which brought more beaming smiles to their faces;big enough to bring the sun back from behind the clouds!
Can't wait to see them again next week!
Can’t wait to see them again next week!
Position: Assistant Art Director Internship
Reporting to: Art Director
Hours: Full-time (40hrs per week). 10am-5pm Mon-Fri. You may be required to work some evenings and weekends.
Salary: There is an initial three-month probation period; you will receive accommodations and a living stipend of THB 7,000. After completion of probation period, if performance is satisfactory, you will be considered for a raise.
- Work with foreign ARI volunteers to create workshops for our partnering organizations
- Assist the Art Director and fill in when he/she is unavailable
- Management skills: oversee workshop in terms of research for workshop checking lesson plan, checking art supplies.
- Assist ARI volunteers as needed and help them communicate with participants.
- Research potential partnering organizations, writing letters and making contacts with organizations both local and international
- Compose the letters to organize the workshops with the partner organizations, follow up to make appointments.
- Organize files/photos/lesson plans of each workshop-keep them well organized
- Organize the workshop budget, document the receipts and work with the accountant.
- Work as a team and coordinate with admin.
- Research for grant funding for ARI
- Bachelor’s degree with background knowledge in art: painting, drama, music, etc. or related fields
- Good spoken and written in English skills
- Understanding in both Western and Eastern culture (an asset)
- Computer literate (Photoshop, Illustration would be an asset)
- Own laptop (would be an asset)
- Adaptability and flexibility
- Experience working with children
- Good organizational skills
- Management skills
- Photography skills (an asset)
- Enthusiastic, creative, and eager to learn new things.
- Willing to dedicate themselves and see this as an opportunity to grow with our organization.
Please e-mail your CV and cover letter to email@example.com ASAP, before the May 31st, 2011. Start date August 2011.
Position : Art Director
Reporting to: Executive Director/Managing Director
Hours: Full-time (40hrs per week). 10am-5pm Mon-Fri. You may be required to work some evenings and weekends.
Salary: There is an initial three-month probation period; you will receive accommodations and a living stipend of THB 16,000. After completion of probation period, if performance is satisfactory, you will be considered for a raise.
Roles and Responsibilities :
• Oversee all Art Relief International projects
1. Ensure an excellent standard for all of our outreach projects.
2. Ensure projects are culturally sensitive and meet the needs of our partner organizations
3. Keep project plans updated and all stakeholders informed of progress.
4. Plan and execute 1-2 exhibitions/performances per year.
5. Brief the Managing and executive Directors/Lead workshop leaders.
6. Buy all art supplies as need for each workshop
7. To be practiced in each method o art being taught prior to workshop date, as well as arrange for the workshop facilitator to teach the staff/volunteers that will be present, at least one day prior to the workshops date.
• Support and manage volunteers
8. Coordinate and recruit local volunteers when needed.
9. Coordinate and deliver an orientation for all new international volunteers.
10. Reproduce the materials and resources required for orientation
11. Ensure staff/volunteers know when and where they are working.
12. Deal with on-going queries, enquires and crisis.
13. Guide volunteers in planning and implementing their workshops, ensuring that they complete every step in their Project List.
14. Ensure that volunteers are playing an active role in the development of the art program before and during their placement.
15. Ensure that volunteers complete all tasks on the Exiting Checklist before leaving the program.
16. Attend family dinner (staff and volunteers) at the volunteer house weekly.
• Plan and implement arts workshops if there are no volunteers.
17. In the event of no volunteers, you are expected to plan, practice and implement workshops-completing every step on the project checklist.
• Act as a liaison with CCT’s partner organizations.
18. To ensure there is an open dialogue and that CCT’s partner organizations are informed and satisfied.
19. To complete a needs assessment for all new partner organizations.
20. To update the annual partner organization contracts as needed.
• Fundraising and community outreach.
21. With the help of Thai staff, organize any publicity events or activities to raise awareness/funds about CCT/ARI.
22. Make links with referral organizations.
23. Attend any openings/events that have networking opportunities.
24. Organize the sale of art created by participants in the event of an exhibition/fundraiser.
25. Research grants and apply when applicable.
• Undertake on-going administrative tasks.
26. Keep up-to-date accounts of all monetary transactions.
27. Update the ARI website as needed- managing the arts stare/gallery, writing text for each project, photographing all works to be sold.
28. Write press releases as needed.
• Office management.
29. Ensure that the office and storage areas are kept in a clean an orderly manner at all times.
30. Maintain art supplies, keeping hem well organized, clean and inventoried.
31. Maintain and organizing works created by participants.
32. Folders- Build and maintain the Lesson Plan Folder, Workshop Budget and Assessment Folders.
33. Ensure that all lesson plans are stored on an external hard-drive as well as on Google Documents.
34. Ensure that all workshop photos are stored on an external hard-drive as well as on Picasa.
35. Ensure that all works are filed correctly, following CCT’s current systems
1. Thai national
2. Bachelor’s degree with background knowledge in art: painting, drama, music, etc. or related fields.
3. Good spoken and written English skills
4. Adaptability and flexibility
5. Computer literate (Photoshop, Illustration would be an asset)
6. Own laptop
7. Experience working with foreigners
8. An ability to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western culture
9. Experience working with children
10. Good organizational skills
12. Eager to learn new things and be creative
13. Ability to work under pressure with a deadline
14. Photography skills (would be an asset)
15. Familiarity with administrative work (accounting and management skills)
Please e-mail your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP, before May 31st, 2011. Start date July 1, 2011.
Thank you for the great 6 month in Chiang Mai. I will miss the work. It was a great time, Bye bye Annika
Last Tuesday we went to Wildflower, exited to do another great workshop with the Wildflower kids. And we were not the only ones looking forward to a new exercise! When we arrived, the kids were already waiting for us and helped us setting up all the materials. Like last time we started to show different shapes and patterns to them. We drew hearts, stars and flowers, curvy lines and zigzag. After that we started with the main activity. The aim of this workshop was to introduce the skills of printing, so they transferred their own design of shapes into foam, pressing them into it by using pens. And they did some really great patterns! Then we handed out some paint and rollers to put the paint onto the foam. They carefully put the foam with the applied paint onto the textile, pressed it down and then lifted it. The kids were really concentrated and anxious to make their prints as nice as possible. And their bags looked really great at the end!