Artsology is pleased to announce its association with The Ninash Foundation, which established the Indo-International Art Restoration and Culture School in Mahapura, India. Artsology provided funding (in the fall of 2010) towards the salary of a new art teacher at the school. Watch the video below to hear more from Ashok Malhotra, President of the Ninash Foundation. He explains the history behind this school and its mission to teach students the skills of stained glass art restoration, under the leadership of the school principal, Mr. Pushpendra Singh.
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Not only has the Ninash Foundation provided a school teaching an arts and cultural education to economically disadvantaged children, but the building of the school itself helped create a new thriving community. As Mr. Malhotra explained to Artsology, the area where the school was built is 15 kilometers away from the nearest city of Jaipur, but after the school was built in 2005, people started buying land and building homes near the school, essentially creating a new community around this school.
Would you like to help? Your tax-deductible contribution to the Ninash Foundation, a 501©(3) charitable organization, will directly support their projects. Click here to learn more about the Ninash Foundation.
Below are some pictures from the Indo-International Art Restoration and Culture School in Mahapura, to which Artsology has made a donation, assisting in the funding of an art teacher for a school year. Clockwise, from top left: the gated entrance to the school; the main school building in Mahapura; a teacher and her students in the classroom; a restoration project for ancient stained glass works; a mural painted on the wall at the school.
Regarding the stained glass piece above: Mr. Malhotra explained that the younger students, such as those pictured above, are being taught an introduction to art, learning things such as mixing colors, working with different brushes, different types of media such as canvas, paper, and using acrylic paint, among other things. It is not until the kids reach the ages of 13 to 15 years old that they begin to learn about stained glass art, how to cut glass, and restoration techniques.
Artsology looks forward to sharing more about this school's curriculum and stained glass projects as we learn more about it ourselves. We also hope to have some future features on stained glass installations in Jaipur, as we learn more about this beautiful tradition.