While the implementation of workshops and creation of art is central to our mission, our work does not end there. In order to affect change and combat stigma, the voices, stories and creations of our program participants must be shared. Through exhibitions in markets, local establishments and galleries, we are able to reveal the difficulties and triumphs of our artists. Art is a quiet but powerful method to affect change in the hearts and minds of those who experience it. Here are some examples of our past exhibitions:
The playing field-- an exhibition showing the artworks created by the Young Lions, a group that meets weekly in the Suan Dok neighbourgood. Children participate regardless of their family situation, their ethnicity, or their social standing. There are Young Lions who are dropped off each week in sports cars and others who must leave class early to sell flowers at local bars. There are Young Lions from Tai Yai, Hmong and Chin tribes. While society often segregates and discriminates against particular groups, the Young Lions Global Art Program seeks to eliminate these barriers.
Uncaged: The Art of Ability -- an exhibition displaying the stories and work of two young boys with cerebral palsy (CP). It served to educate the local community about CP, as well as raise funds for Baan Piranan--an home for children with CP.
The Community Lomography Project -- In collaboration with photographer Liam Morgan and Thai Freedom House, a school for Burmese refugees and indengous peoples, the
Lomography project utilized the art of photography. The students learned how to use the cameras in our workshops and then took the cameras home to the construction camps in which they live. The kids’ perspectives—their view from within the construction camps—lends power to these photographs. The exhibition was viewed by hundreds of people at a local market.
Where I Belong -- A photography project for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, generating awareness of the issue and funding to support the children's education. Their work was exhibited at a local play house, market and multiple schools.