Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving (belated)
I feel so very grateful for all of your of support this past year for my project, Thailand Burma Flora Fauna. It has been an intense, focused, and fulfilling year full of challenging work!
As I am entering the final stage of production, I thought I would share a handful of images of students working during some of the TBFF drawing and design workshops that I held in Mae Sot, Thailand.
This is but a small fragment of what your contribution to this project helped to create.
You were a part of this! Thank you!
Teaching art to children can be really rewarding– and I was fortunate to be able to do so with Mae Sot NGO Kick-Start Art. Even more fulfilling for me was connecting with the young teachers in that same organization.
For all of the time and energy that I directed towards these young folks, I was met with matched enthusiasm to learn and to be challenged during the teacher-trainings. I believe that in assisting them to hone their skills as working artists and instructors, we are contributing to a greater good and a larger picture, as they are sure to share their knowledge and pass on their skill set with their current and future students.
For the young adults and working artists among them, continued art training can help to provide a livelihood that is a positive alternative to the type of exploitative labor that is often the only available option to migrant workers.
For many of the younger migrant children, art classes in a clean, safe environment can be a much needed rest from their lives– ones that are often filled with adversity, anxiety, and under-stimulation. It is an incredible thing to witness a group of excited, distracted kids suddenly fall silent in quiet concentration, enveloped in the peaceful and engaging act of making a picture.
Thank you again for your contribution to this project! You help and support made this happen!
Thank you all for your continued support!