We encourage creativity and healing through
art to build strong communities of active, artistic and stable citizens able to recognise and utilise opportunities
WHat we do
We train and mentor a movement of Community Art Facilitators (CAFs) to provide
psycho-social support through art therapeutic classes to children in under-resourced South African communities. CAF’s therapeutic art classes help children to stabilise through developing coping healthy coping mechanisms for processing stress and healing from trauma.
Art is a medium that enables healing and promotes creative skills that can be utilised life long. This is important in a country where trauma exists especially in under resourced communities. South African schools are in a state of multi-level crisis, exacerbated by the diminished budgets for arts in primary schools, resulting in most not having art in their curriculums. Creative development is an essential part of child development.
Each active Community Art Facilitator (CAF) works with at least 7 children a week, helping them to effectively process stress and heal through carefully designed art therapeutic classes.
132 Active CAFs in 55 communities serving 3,948 children
177 Active CAFs in 83 communities serving 3,868 children
220 Active CAFs in 92 communities serving 6,859 children
249 Active CAFs in 112 communities serving 10,219 children
WHERE WE WORK
The CAF Movement is now present in the Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal Provinces in South Africa
Participants broaden their artistic skills, practice developing art projects for children in need of healing, learn about the human being and its imbalances and gain an understanding of the value of creative development.
Through mentoring, BAP-trained CAFs deepen their understanding of art therapeutic principles and sharpen their skills in facilitating
Project Cocoon is a programme in which Community Art Facilitators who want to establish (or strengthen) a community-based art organisation and want to partner with BAP.