Kids postcard Project

 

MISSION

The Kids Postcard Project seeks to encourage art as a creative expression that brings dignity and self-worth to underprivileged children through art projects, workshops and cross-cultural collaborations. We encourage confidence and curiousity through museums visits, on-site sketching and trips to sites of cultural heritage. We develope resourcefulness and a sense of achievement by showing, sharing and selling the kids art.


MUMBAI and AAWC


The Kids Postcard Project grew from a spontaneous idea for ways to connect with the children of Apne Aap Women’s Collective an organization working in the red light district of Mumbai, with the women and their children.


On her first visit to AAWC in January 2007 Antoinette took blank postcards and asked the young girls to draw their impressions of Gandhi. It was fun for them and back in New York, Antoinette sold the cards and sent the proceeds back to AAWC.

She has returned to India every year since with postcards, art materials and a new theme, to teach workshops and take the girls on art outings, exposing them to the arts and culture of their great city. Over the years we have visited the Prince of Wales Museum, Nehru Planetarium, Elephanta Caves, Jehangir Art and Photographic galleries, the Kala Ghoda Arts festival, sketching at Marine Drive and Chowpatty beach as well as the wonderful National Gallery of Modern Art, which graciously allow us to draw in their galleries.


ANGKOR and ODA


In 2009, Antoinette traveled to see Angkor Wat. Again quite spontaneously she connected with a grass roots educational organization and home for children in the Angkor district, whose founder teaches watercolor painting to the kids. ODA seemed like a perfect addition to the Kids Postcard Project so that year, two calendars were produced, one from Cambodia and one from India.

Antoinette has visited ODA three times since then taking the kids of ODA on drawing outings to the bas-reliefs of Angkor Wat and the Ramayana murals of Wat Bo. In 2012 she was invited to put on a show of the ODA artwork done for Kids Postcard Project at the Visitor's Center Gallery of the Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap. The ODA kids performed Khmer dance at the opening, it was the first time they saw their work hanging in a gallery setting. We wish to thank Kenro Izu and Friends Without A Border for that wonderful opportunity.


KIDS ART FOR SALE


Since 2008 Kids Postcard Project has been producing yearly calendars, greetings cards and tote bags for sale. 100% of the profits from these items are returned to our partner organizations.


Much gratitude goes out to all of you who have supported the project, through donations or buying cards, calendars, tote bags and T-shirts, through hosting shows and selling calendars in your yoga centers, through writing about the project and telling your friends.


                                     THANK YOU!  We could not have done it without you.



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