The horrific war in Syria has displaced over 4.7 million Syrians from their country. Currently, there are over 650,000 Syrian refugees in the Jordan. A.R.T. has just secured a new program in Amman, Jordan to work with these refugees. We will be partnering with Bareeq Education and Development, a local NGO. The program will be housed in Bareeq's community center in Amman, Jordan and will begin in next month, serving 150 refugee children. We are also in conversation with Columbia University's Columbia Global Program, Amman. As a partner in this program, Columbia would provide student interns to be trained to help run the program.
October, 2014. 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)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.
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.
Mae Hong Son Province
“Since the classes started, it has given me energy. The young people are excited about learning. They are eager to participate in these classes.”—Tamo, a Karenni elder and an instructor of Eyro traditional song in A.R.T.'s pilot project at Ban Kwai Refugee Camp, in Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand.In 2003, in partnership with the IRC, A.R.T.’s pilot program selected and trained adults in two Burmese refugee camps in Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand, to teach traditional Burmese dances, songs, folklore and music. A.R.T.’s staff and the elder refugees worked side by side with over 600 youth teaching them to make and play traditional Burmese musical instruments. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from the refugee community, the IRC integrated these activities into its existing programs, and provided the costumes and materials for the musical instruments. A.R.T. returned to the camps in January and February 2004 to expand its program which continues to operate today. The program is now run exclusively by the refugees and has become self-sustainable.
In 2004, A.R.T. began working in Colombia. Currently, Colombia is undergoing the largest humanitarian catastrophe in the Western Hemisphere and has the world's second largest internal refugee population. Armed conflict has created displacement throughout Colombia where over four and a half million of its forty-five million inhabitants have become refugees.
Carmen de Viboral, Antioquia
El Porvenir, Antioquia
UNITED STATESIn 2007, A.R.T. held workshops in various cultural activities in New Haven, Connecticut in partnership with Yale University and Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services. Resettled refugees from countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Guinea, Somalia and Sudan participated. The program brought together school-age children and their families to share their own traditions with members of other ethnic groups, in an effort to break down some of the mistrust that has arisen in this very tightly packed and diverse, but impoverished, community. The program was funded by the Whitehead Foundation and the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation and was used as our pilot US program. The last workshop was held December, 2007; A.R.T. has closed this program.