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CAM nepal


 

CAM is a safe and creative space that provides children and youth with creative and educational outlets for expressing themselves and reflecting on their culture

 

 

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CAM nepal


 

CAM is a safe and creative space that provides children and youth with creative and educational outlets for expressing themselves and reflecting on their culture

 

 

What We Do

Children’s Art Museum of Nepal (CAM) aims to provide art facilities and experiences that are so noticeably absent in our country, by making a creative place for children so that they can freely express themselves through art, learn and feel proud of their identity at the same time.

CAM has been active in the community since September 2013, even before we had a physical space to work in, bringing art to classrooms and other children’s spaces so we could accomplish the goals we had set out. With the help of an enthusiastic response from eager volunteers and children’s groups, we work on various events and workshops, and have established partnerships with various local and international social service organizations. 

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Learning Labs!


teaching children 21st Century Skills through project-based art-making

Learning Labs!


teaching children 21st Century Skills through project-based art-making

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Learning Labs are courses that comprise of 4 weekend sessions offered to 5-10 year olds. Each course explores a different theme that develops 21st century skills through project-based art making.

 

I want to learn more!

Yes, I want my child to attend Learning Labs!

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Art, Learning and Creating


Art, Learning and Creating


This is our main gallery space! Here, we show off the newest art works and projects we do with our tiny artist, thinkers, and learners. We have had so many educational and interactive art exhibitions, concerts and paint parties here!

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#Camcrew


The backbone of CAM Nepal are the dedicated volunteers who give us their time and effort to reach children across Nepal. Joining CAMCrew is a great way to make a difference. We welcome enthusiastic young people as well as experienced professionals to work together with CAM Nepal.

Join CAMCrew

#Camcrew


The backbone of CAM Nepal are the dedicated volunteers who give us their time and effort to reach children across Nepal. Joining CAMCrew is a great way to make a difference. We welcome enthusiastic young people as well as experienced professionals to work together with CAM Nepal.

Join CAMCrew

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Disaster Recovery Through Art


providing the children of Nepal a safe space to express themselves

Disaster Recovery Through Art


providing the children of Nepal a safe space to express themselves

 

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After the major earthquake of 25 April, 2015, many children were affected by the damage wrought by the earthquake. Schools and houses had collapsed, villages were flattened, and more than 9000 people were killed. The physical and mental trauma caused by this massive natural disaster was felt by almost everyone in the country.

CAM Nepal started a relief program in early May, visiting children in the camps set up across Kathmandu. CAM Nepal provided children an opportunity to sublimate their emotions about the earthquake by using art activities, games and storytelling activities that made them feel safe and secure enough to express their thoughts through various mediums. 

 
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Psychological Rebuilding


Nepal has gone through great geological and political upheaval in recent years, and people are still suffering through aftershocks, shortages, and destroyed communities. This makes it more important than ever to address the psychological needs of the children. CAM Nepal provides art activities that promote self-expression and creativity in children affected by recent events.

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Psychological Rebuilding


Nepal has gone through great geological and political upheaval in recent years, and people are still suffering through aftershocks, shortages, and destroyed communities. This makes it more important than ever to address the psychological needs of the children. CAM Nepal provides art activities that promote self-expression and creativity in children affected by recent events.

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CAM Nepal visits are something that the children at targeted schools look forward to with great enthusiasm, frequently telling us how much they had enjoyed doing art without any constraints. By focusing on alternative materials found easily in some of our art activities, CAM Nepal was able to make the children realize that they could do art even without basic art supplies as well, and many children looked forward to creating art at home and during their free time.

Over repeated sessions, children become less inhibited and more comfortable expressing themselves during and after the art-making activities. They either explore making landscapes in other mediums, or make portraits, objects and abstract and colourful pieces out of materials and colours they simply enjoy using.

Also, children were also naturally opening up more about any struggles that they have had – bullying, loss of family member, loss of security etc. and were able to use art-making as a calming and healing activity. Activities such as the self-portrait collages in particular were especially effective for children with self-esteem issues. Some enjoyed having atypical materials to represent themselves. Some rejected this activity due to severe self-esteem issues but were more open when reassured that the artwork did not need to be realistic and they were free to use materials in alternate ways. Being able to use colourful and beautiful materials to explore their self gave them more confidence.

Plan of Activities:

  • Art focused on self-expression

  • As non-directive as possible

  • Some sessions themed around important messages such as

    WASH safety, identity or gender issues

  • Creative story-telling

  • Games to encourage openness

  • Recreational play activities

The Art for Relief program used the following techniques to ensure that our program was effective in terms of our main objective:

  • Positive reinforcement

  • Non-competitive

  • Emphasis on creating art in a safe space

  • Empathetic comments on art making

  • Encouraging story-building

  • One-on-one interaction with children to gauge their state

  • Art as a mode of expression and enjoyment, not as a skill

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