Skill For The ill: Kids With Special Needs Now Have An Artistic Medium
Materialistic pursuits seldom leave space for aesthetic and humanitarian activities. Some though have been able to fish out time to extend benevolence in the competitive society that is.
Differently abled children, autistic kids and kids with special needs and talents now have an artistic medium to channel their creativity and express to the world their inner views.
Vinayak Thanvi, founder of ZIKWA (& Mosaic Junction), tells us, “I believe difficult problems are interesting and interesting problems need artistic solutions. Mosaic Junction is a mindset, a thought process that looks at opportunities to “create” in adverse situations.”
After attending an art summit sometime ago, the founder set aside the coarse economics of elitist painting and expanded on an idea to make art the supreme enabler. He devised ways to have artists work with disabled children. These talented children are spotted during the course of workshops and are mentored by artists to “interact, create and enable”. In the founder’s words, artists working with kids with different challenges and special needs/talents will end in “real art”, a process of creation.
With usual modes of expression denied to them since birth and life’s obstacles, art takes charge of breaking the communication barrier and expressing emotions.
Technically, this movement will lead to sustainable development of the kids belonging to the lower income groups.
It doesn’t end there. The movement is slated to transcend borders very soon. “We want to take the movement global without losing our grip on the fundamentals.”
The operation of such a uniquely munificent organization will theoretically bring in smiles on many faces, otherwise muted. “It’s so easy to be indifferent to the voice of people you don’t hear, but how can we be indifferent to the voice inside us that always tell us to create?”
One success story comes in the form of Vrinda who is an autistic girl, whose skill has impressed one and all. Artists from Mosaic Junction are mentoring her.
The method is simple: Once these kids are groomed, chosen ones get to sell their art in (galleries/exhibitions) and the ensuing profit is to be shared with a substantial amount going to each stakeholder.
Know more about Mosaic Junction at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mosaic-Junction/197028310345196
You can email Zikwa at: [email protected]