Art1st Community Engagement Programme (CEP) is a not-for-profit collaborative endeavour aimed at enhancing intervention at the level of community, to ensure a wide and democratic access to art.
The CEP provides a platform for the dialogic and creative process-focussed on enhancing high-level thinking skills, central to making art. The methodical approaches for each project rely on individual context and are trans-disciplinary.
The CEP has worked with various sensitive groups, including children of sex workers and trash pickers, autistic adults, juvenile delinquents. Through a collaboration with libraries pan-India, the program also works to develop visual literacy among children from low income localities.
CEP believes that the school is one of the crucial nodes for community learning, and recognizes it as a site of knowledge building. The program aims to closely engage with low-income schools across India by adopting various methodologies of creative engagement.
It offers the Art1st books free of cost to libraries across India, including community libraries, self-funded, not-for-profit libraries, and foundations. The program also shares resources for librarians and local educators – including a curated Educators’ Guide – as aids to take the books forward with children.
Our work with The Community Library Project (TCLP) under the Art+Lit program has artist-mentors engage with children from low income localities, in libraries, using Art1st publications as provocations. With active interactions and free-flowing dialogues, it enables children to develop their own unique creative processes.
Sponsor your choice of Art1st Books to be sent across to the libraries we collaborate with. Your support will help us not only give children access to high-quality books on art but also train librarians to use the educational kits accompanying the books.