In celebration of the National Arts Month, Save the Children Philippines and ARTipolo stage a group art exhibit, entitled “heARTbeat” at Café Lupe Restaurant in Antipolo City.
At least 52 artist-members of ARTipolo showcase their masterpieces at the group show that runs until April 17. Part of the proceeds of sold artworks will go to Save the Children Philippines.
Save the Children Philippines is an independent organization that helps children gain access to quality education and health services. ARTipolo, meanwhile, is a group known for its passion in visual arts and programs that instill creativity among children.
“Save the Children is deeply honored to partner with ARTipolo,” said Save the Children Philippines chief executive officer Alberto Muyot. “ARTipolo shares the advocacy of Save the Children to reach the most deprived and marginalized children.”
Among the ARTipolo members who showcase their artworks include group president Pol Mesina, Jr., Jerry Contridas, Nelson Dela Cruz, Carol Mencias Alay-ay, Eleanor Robleza, Dyna Quizon-Ondoy, Marie Claire De Chavez, and Jun Vicaldo.
Save the Children Philippines ambassador Katarina Rodriguez graced the opening of the exhibit.
According to Mesina, the group holds art sessions for street children that include lessons in basic drawing and painting, coloring, pastel, and watercolor.
The group also provides free art lessons to children in conflict with the law, as well as sexually abused children.
“Art is an important tool for self-expression among children including those with disabilities,” said Mesina.
He added, “Children with autism spectrum disorder developed confidence and passion for painting after ARTipolo gave free art lessons to them through an institution.”
Naida Pasion, chief business development officer of Save the Children Philippines, called for support from art enthusiasts to bring home a masterpiece and help ensure lasting change for the most deprived and marginalized children including those in Antipolo.
Save the Children Philippines will implement the Bright Start Project in three barangays in Antipolo covering the indigenous families of the Dumagat tribe. The project provides opportunities to parents and caregivers of children 0 to 3 years old to learn responsive caregiving, early learning, and safety and security.
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