Arts Can Do is an art initiative created by ACAF with an education program of art as a therapy for children in need. Arts Can Do bring artists and therapist to work with the children of migrant workers in the isolated villages and in the cities.
China's economic progress has lifted more people out of poverty than any other event in history, giving tens of millions a life that the last generation could not have imagined. Inevitably, there are some who miss out on these opportunities. One such group is the children of migrant workers. Travelling to remote villages in China, one could witness a whole generation of children who seldom see their parents. They are raised by elderly relatives, and as a result often suffer from isolation and emotional deprivation which affects their mental development, social skills and education. These children are the forgotten casualties of the industrialisation of China.
Bringing artists to work with these children has proven to help unlock their minds. ACAF recognizes the profound insights that art can give and delighted to initiate this charitable project which actively bring the benefits of art therapy to disadvantaged children.
The first centre opend in Xucun on the 20th July is fully funded by ACAF. . The centre is now up and running with full time teachers and fully equipped class rooms including piano, drawing and painting materials as well as photography new media gears. Australian artists Sophie Cap, Luke Sciberras and Josh Robenstone are the first group of Australian artists participating the 2 month teaching residency program. We have Chinese artists and art student work alongside of Australia artists to support language communication. Further volunteers and artists are in line for this permanent centre and we welcome more volunteers to apply.