In 2016 Project Creo launched a competition called the "L-Force Search," where students could submit creative projects that would help make a positive difference in their community, with a chance to win a grant to make their dream a reality. We are excited to announce that the students at SMK Lubok Bunter School, under the guidance of Soon Supramaniam in Kedah, Malaysia won $1,000 to realize social change projects on their school campus! Their series of projects include everything from school campaigns for a more eco-friendly culture to renovation projects of key school areas to promote respect for each other and their learning environment. We applaud their use of the arts to create positive change in their school, and we are excited to see these projects come to full fruition. Stay tuned for a full report on the projects at the end of the school year, and join us in being deeply inspired by the great love, commitment, and leadership that we have witnessed from Soon Supramniam and his group of superheroes. Congratulations!!!!
In January 2017, Project Creo reconnected with the program that was built in partnership with CRISFE, a foundation of one of the largest banks in Ecuador. The program has taken on new life under the name Artisteca and is now under the leadership and support of Diner's Club International. We are excited to share that the program has grown in size and scope since it's inception in 2011. It’s facility in the center of Quito has been completely renovated, and is providing daily arts classes and workshops to lower-income children and adults all year long, including summer camps and in-school programs for local teachers. We were overjoyed to see the center hustling and bustling with creativity. The program has evolved in positive ways, and continues to use Project Creo methodology, inspiring creativity and 21st century skills in the local youth and community at large. The team of local teaching artists has doubled, reaching more students, foundations, parents, and schools than ever. They are also generating nationwide projects for children and young adults to share their art and music in order to win scholarships and record their original music compositions in the center's professional studio. Project Creo is very proud of the Artisteca team of teaching artists and administrators for their hard work and commitment to using the arts as a tool to spread love and creativity in their part of the world. Project Creo founder, Michael Sample, met new the facilitators and staff of the program through a series of interviews and workshops in order to reconnect, revive, and refresh the original work built back in 2011. You can find out more information about Artisteca by visiting their Facebook page.
Also while in Ecuador, Project Creo conducted workshops for a K-12 school outside of Quito, called Colegio Cervantes. The workshops focused on creating a classroom environment that fosters holistic well-being, creativity, compassion, and 21st century skills through the arts. Check out this fun video to see some of the work in action.
Project Creo Goes to Ghana
Project Creo collaborated with the nonprofit Teach for Ghana this April to design a program that provides creative education for their network of classrooms in Ghana. Teach for Ghana is a nationwide movement to expand educational opportunities to all children in Ghana. Learn more about Teach for Ghana here. There will be more information to come on this exciting development for students in Africa.