LANA ARTS WORKSHOP
Lana Arts Workshops use visual arts activities in an open studio environment to foster communication, collaboration, and creativity between refugees and the local host population. These family-oriented arts-based activities provide participants the opportunity to explore different forms of expression to help cope with the current dramatic changes in their lives. Both populations have the opportunity to express themselves, to tell their stories, and connect with one another in imaginative ways while building creative skills.
One of the central pillars of Lana is to operate as a satellite workshop that ranges from private one-on-one sessions, to small groups in their homes, and even to large-scaled public events. The ultimate goal is to create a fun learning environment in which the refugees will explore their creativity freely and acquire practical skills that stimulate their minds. This increases their sense of belonging, confidence, and independence when navigating through their new environments.
DIRECTOR OF LANA
To learn more about founder and director Jihan Kikhia, please visit www.jihanart.com.
1. Provide play and enjoyment through the arts.
2. Jump-start art programs and engage in one-off collaborations with local organizations and individuals.
3. Support self-sustaining programs where refugees lead and organize their own arts workshops.
4. Provide art supplies, training, and professional development workshops for teachers/refugees who would like to run their own art programs.
5. Incorporate the local language into activities to help refugees communicate and acclimate to local environment and foster independence.
“There are three teachers in the room: the materials, the students, and the teacher.”
– Erica Rooney