TYO in This Week in Palestine!

TYO’s Triple Exposure project is featured in the January 2011 edition of ¨This Week in Palestine,¨a monthly periodical published locally and dealing with issues of society, culture, politics, economy, art, and literature in the West Bank and Gaza.

Our very own Rimah Rabayah, the mural art teacher for Triple Exposure, has written an article that expresses her views on the power of art education to revive a society’s traditions and heritage, as well as to build confidence, creativity, and visions for the future for the young students. Read her article, ¨Beauty and Identity for the Next Generation,¨ at This Week in Palestine’s website, or read the PDF of the January 2011 edition.

To an inexperienced eye, a yet-to-be-realised mosaic would appear to be simply a pile of broken tiles on the ground, but these young child artists have learned how to see the potential for expression and creation in the refuse of everyday life. As they work on their mosaics, my colleagues at TYO and I see the children strengthen their sense of initiative, build confidence and patience, develop a capacity for positive interaction with others, and become increasingly aware of their own potential, their own heritage, and the importance of linking the two.

Mural art student working on a mosaic at a central street of Nablus

— Doris, Project Coordinator

“Triple Exposure” is a TYO initiative that aims to develop identity, awareness, and vocational skills among children and adolescents through teaching photographic expression and the production of public art.

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One Response

  1. I was very moved by your youth-led art initiatives. I too use art and community art projects in working with youth. I am continually moved by their depth, wisdom and artistic expression when they are given the space, the time and tools….and mentors who beleive in their ability and pure potential. I have been to the West Bank and to Gaza and I hope your programs continue to flourish and that they will bring hope to a new generation. I would love to be able to volunteer with you one day soon. Many blessings, Kim

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