The IMIF has started an art program for children in remote areas of the Bolivian Andes. This art project has the support of several artists in Canada such as the well-known Nova Scotian artist Joy Laking.
The Bolivia Art Project is focused on a partnership with the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes, the most important art school in Bolivia. The aim of the project is to develop a credit program for their senior students. The credit is earned by the selected students doing two months internship teaching art to children in remote rural schools in the Bolivian Andes.
We feel that this program exposes the children to motivated young artists who may become role models to these children and stimulate their activity. We hope that this program provides a fertile ground to grow the seeds for the future artists of Bolivia. The costs of travel, accommodations and all the necessary art supplies are covered by this project.
Bolivian Art Academy
The first senior student of the Bolivian Art Academy is Lucy Velasco worked with 100 children that have never been exposed to art in the village of Aucapata. The children learned the basic techniques of watercolor, oil and acrylic painting. They have also started to use materials abundant in their community such as clay and natural pigments for sculpture and ceramics. At the end of her 2 month internship Lucy organized an exhibition of the work of the children in the community of Aucapata. All the art materials were then donated to the children so they can continue to develop their interest in art.
An exhibition of the best work of the children of Aucapata was inaugurated in early December at the Art Gallery of the Bolivian Academy of Art in La Paz.