Art + soul

Art and music therapy has a healing influence on people of all ages. But for many youths, these programs are limited. However, the Children's Art Village (CAV), Santa Monica, CA, USA, launched a project to create an arts and crafts program at an orphanage. This article discusses the effort involved in planning and implementing a program introducing art and music into the lives of children at the Sevalaya Orphanage in Kasuva, India, a remote village near Chennai. It also reports on how the group raised funds, transported team members and supplies, and handled budgetary concerns. It also explores how the team handled the cultural differences between the teachers from the United States and India. The final stage of the project was to hire one permanent faculty member from the local community. A sidebar on culture and a timeline accompany this article.
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