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‘Api’- I am because we are

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During CAB 2016 on the December 16th, 17th and 18th CoCA, collective contemporary artists will continue their ongoing solution focus community engaging Art project ‘Api’ at the Vajira Sri Children’sDevelopment Center,Kotte.

The First stage of the project was initiated two years ago focused on improving and enhancing Vajira Home’s educational, social and ecological environment. For this CoCA engaged with Vajira Home’s community, artists, along with friends and supporters of CoCA.

With the children from the center, CoCAinitiated an idea to develop an educational and interactive community play-garden. It is for play, to educate and connect communities around Art work. It is to ‘grow’.

Creative play and design ideas for the play-garden was initially developed with the children, taking into consideration children’s own imaginative ideas and needs. The interactive play-garden emphasize on holistic education, life experiences and learning beyond the confines of the classroom and the formal educational environment. This ongoing project provide a platform for children and adults alike to learn subjects such as Math, Science, Languages etc while engaging with physical and arts base activities. The interactive play garden will provide a platform to connect communities with recycling processes and practices.

We, the CoCA, are open to network with various organizations and individuals who are interested in engaging with this process, in the spirit of mutual exchange of skills and resources.

The project is designed to focus and develop the personal growth in multi- cultural communities by supporting each other and to promote the interconnection between nature, culture and society as sources of knowledge, meanings, values and identity for sustainable development of diverse communities through creative activities. ‘Api’ is a sub project of the ‘SYMBIOSIS’ project. 

 

ACTIVITY SCHEDULE

WHEN: 16th December 2016

TIME: 9.00 A.M – 12.00 PM

WHERE: Vajira Sri Children’s Development Center,

21/25 AnandaBalikaMawatha,Sri JayawardenepuraKotte

ORION EXPERIENCE WORKSHOP

For children at the Vajira Center, conduct by ThilinaHeenatigala

Project:

Orion Experience is a tactile astronomy-art installation which promotes education through art as its key ingredient. Exploring the astronomical distances between the stars, it shows a thought-provoking space conceived between the stars, the light years, and our view from the Earth. Orion Experience further allows people with vision impairment to ‘see’ the stars through a tactile observation.Cube Out Of the Box – mobile multifunctional space will be used as a workshop space at the event

Profile:

ThilinaHeenatigala is an astronomy communicator working in astronomy education and interdisciplinary science for development. His focus is on using astronomy as a tool for the development, specially students in developing countries and underprivileged communities at a global scale. In 2010 he co-created the ‘AstroArts’ programme with Astronomers Without Borders to support artists inspired by science, particularly astronomy. He works with Leiden Observatory (The Netherlands), Science Office (Portugal), Europlanet (UK) and NúcleoInteractivo de Astronomia (Portugal), supporting educational programmes.

WHEN: 17th December 2016

TIME: 9.00 A.M –4.30 PM

WHERE: Vajira Sri Children’s Development Center,

21/25 AnandaBalikaMawatha,Sri JayawardenepuraKotte

ORGANIC GARDENING

Continue building the organic garden and creating  ongoing educational play areas with the children at the Center.

WHEN: 18th December 2016

TIME: 9.00 A.M –12.00 PM

WHERE: Vajira Sri Children’s Development Center,

Orion Experience workshop

for Vajira home Children Conduct by ThilinaHeenatigala

ORION EXPERIENCE WORKSHOP

For children at the Vajira Center, conduct by ThilinaHeenatigala

Project:

Orion Experience is a tactile astronomy-art installation which promotes education through art as its key ingredient. Exploring the astronomical distances between the stars, it shows a thought-provoking space conceived between the stars, the light years, and our view from the Earth. Orion Experience further allows people with vision impairment to ‘see’ the stars through a tactile observation.

Profile:

ThilinaHeenatigala is an astronomy communicator working in astronomy education and interdisciplinary science for development. His focus is on using astronomy as a tool for the development, specially students in developing countries and underprivileged communities at a global scale. In 2010 he co-created the ‘AstroArts’ programme with Astronomers Without Borders to support artists inspired by science, particularly astronomy. He works with Leiden Observatory (The Netherlands), Science Office (Portugal), Europlanet (UK) and NúcleoInteractivo de Astronomia (Portugal), supporting educational programmes

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