From May to August 2012, three American college interns Alexa Del Piano, Ashish Chawla and Myra Veres came to B2P and LPF Academy to implement a summer art and english program. They spent a lot of time demonstrating how to extract homemade paints with fruits, berries, flowers and spices that students could find in their own backyards. They worked to develop fun english lessons, catered to class needs.
The interns also developed and executed a 2-week after-school art and english program in a public school in the northern province with children involved in the Jaffna branch of the Peace Gang. The students in the Peace Gang were given disposable cameras and participated in a PhotoVoice Project which encouraged reflection on their community and identity through photography. At the end of their trip, they curated and installed the school’s first art exhibit showing the student art projects. It became clear to the three interns, that love and connection far exceed the limits of language.
“It was my hope that art could be utilized as an outlet, and that the children could see that it can be sustainable and easily found in their own community. Not only did I paint, cook, read and write alongside these children and their teachers for the summer, I also learned the power of inner strength, perseverance, spirituality and the genuine art of listening. I learned the importance of truly being attuned to the spoken narratives of other people, and the importance of listening to my own voice.” – Alexa Del Piano
Check the Photo Gallery for more photos (like the ones below) from this program!