Openings and The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture present:
Arte Fogata: Art Workshop Bolivia
Children Empowered In Creativity
January 8 – February 1, 2020
Reception Thursday, January 9, 6-8pm
at The Gallery
Sheen Center for Thought & Culture
Curated by Robert Aitchison
Arte Fogata’s visual arts workshops engage children living in at-risk and disadvantaged circumstances in and around La Paz, Bolivia.
Arte Fogata (loosely translated ‘Art Bonfire’ in Spanish) is a visual arts workshop I started in summer 2015 after several trips to Bolivia to exhibit my paintings in local galleries. I was deeply moved by the poverty I witnessed; particularly with children living in the streets without proper care or supervision.
I am grateful to partner with Fundación Alalay: a Bolivian organization that provides compassion and community for children susceptible to adverse situations such as economic poverty, homelessness, emotional and physical abuse, addiction, and human trafficking.
Since 2015 I have traveled to Bolivia at least once a year to teach a month-long workshop. This exciting project brings art and creativity to over 100 children in the city of La Paz, and town of Huajchilla. Together we create art, explore our imagination, and learn to express ourselves and connect to one another in a safe, enthusiastic, positive, environment.
This is the first exhibition of the children’s artwork in the United States. They created the paintings and drawings in this exhibition during the July-August 2019 workshop.
The young artists are encouraged to consider themes of friendship, community, and happiness — amistad, comunidad, y felicidad— and to explore different art making techniques and materials. Most of the children don’t have access to art classes in their public schools. The workshop I bring is a welcome and exciting addition to their daily routine.
All works in this exhibition are available for sale and all proceeds will go towards funding the July-August 2020 workshop.
Arte Fogata is supported through crowdsourcing online (GoFundMe), personal donations, and the sale of my own artworks.
Thank you for your support and for visiting this exhibition!
The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture
18 Bleecker Street, NY, NY (Gallery entrance on Elizabeth St.)