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A.R.T. provides curriculum and training programs to engage both children and adults in refugee communities in visual, performing and creative arts drawn from their own cultures. These activities provide local and international relief institutions with tools to help refugee communities recover from the trauma, terror and dislocation of war.


A.R.T.'s staff have just returned from ten days in Cairo, Egypt, where they were setting up a new program for African refugees. This program will serve refugees from Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia. We are working in partnership with St. Andrew's Refugee Services (StARS) and the American University in Cairo to start an intergenerational arts program. StARS opened a Montessori pre-school in September as part of their existing K - 12th grade school and A.R.T. is working with the pre-school director on its implementation. Graduate students from The American University in Cairo's Center for Migration and Refugee Studies will be managing the program with StARS as well as completing research to measure the impact of the classes on the children and the community as a whole.

Adult members of the refugee community will be teaching various traditional art forms to the children, including singing, dancing, handicrafts and cooking. The workshops will begin within the next two months.


Other News: Filmmaker Alejandro Ramirez and Producer Natalia Sanchez took on the task of filming A.R.T.'s program in Tintalito, Colombia. They captured the daily lives of a community who, with A.R.T.'s help, were able to once again recapture their cultural identity through the arts. The film depicts this community happy to once again sing and dance the songs of their past and teach their children the ways of basket weaving.

The film centers on the lives of displaced Colombians who now have the space to create art and keep their cultural history alive. Filmmaker Ramirez expressed "making this film changed our lives and careers. Every time "Asi cantaba el nino conde" is shown, the first thing we do is remember the elders and children that with their courage and dedication made it all possible."

A.R.T. congratulates filmmaker Alejandro Ramirez on his great success and hopes that this film festival will draw much needed attention to the plight of the Colombian people.


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