<In.scribe> Art Therapy Project with Many Hands International
Los Palos, Timor Leste // 2015
In early 2015, a six week art therapy program was offered for young people aged 13-19 at the Lospalos Cultural Centre, led by Australian Art Therapist Karma Barnes and Many Hands International staff member Nelson Diana da Costa. a local youth worker Nelson Diana da Costa who I trained in arts practice over the project. Participants developed their aspirations through creative processes and find personal meaning and reflection through art making.
The program affirmed the value of culture through developing creative themes, building collaborative skills and promoting a positive sense of identity amongst young participants. The program drew upon the culture of street art in Timor Leste as a valuable means of expression and canvas of creative visioning for youth. Participants learned skills including stencil making, paste ups and mural painting, which were used to create a mural for the primary school opposite the Centro Cultura Lautem.
Additionally a children's art program was run weekly at The Many Hands art Studio.
The project was supported by an Chuffed Crowd funding project.