Art can, indeed, be liberating. This is especially true for a lot of deprived, abused women and children who found solace and empowerment through the StartART Project, a non-government organization which aims to “provide significant means for artistic expression” to human rights victims and less privileged children.
Founded in 2008 by Nikki Luna – an artist and advocate, the StartART Project is “Art for the People.” Just like in their mission:
Going beyond providing mere paper and color, StartART conducts art therapies to these disadvantaged groups and strives to create art that is responsive to the community. It aims to foster a safe haven where women and children could imagine, create, and express without fear.
StartART Project: Art with a Cause
StartART Project also does fundraising activities. Above, paper boats made by artists were sold and proceeds went to the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda
Art is transformative and its universality could bridge gaps and teach us a thing or two about healing and peace by making it a part of our daily lives.
Want to know more about the StartART Project, connect with them:
Facebook Page: startARTproject
Address: 10 Alabama St., New Manila, Quezon City