Fun art exhibit attracts art lovers to City Hall PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 12:04

People from different callings but all art enthusiasts trooped to City Hall yesterday afternoon and had their eyes full of the different colorful works of art on display by children who experienced stress, fear and loss during the Zamboanga siege in September 2013.

The exhibit will run until Thursday, Sept. 11.

In her message during the opening of the exhibit, Mayor Beng Climaco said the activity was an opportunity for the people to see how the children were rising from their traumatic experiences to building back better lives through art.

She said the children’s art works were reflections of their emotions and feelings during the crisis and how they are coping with their problems.

The mayor thanked the Asia Foundation and International Organization for Migration for their partnership with the City Government and the Communications Working Group in coming up with the Fun Art Workshop exhibit dubbed “Exposicion Sobre Alegria En Artes de los Niños y Niñas”.

The event was an offshoot of the 10-day workshop for children from different schools affected by the September 2013 siege with renowned Zamboangueño artist Rameer Tawasil and the distinguished Macau-based artist Joaquin Franco, a Portuguese, as the lead trainers.

For his part, Tawasil said the workshop was designed to develop the artistic skills of the children. “If a child is in trauma it’s not easy for him to cope with the problems. So, we used art to rebuild their self-confidence and help them move forward,” he said.

He said one of the approaches adopted during the 10-day workshop was the collage wherein the children were divided into groups and were asked to draw individually and their outputs were put together to come up with one wondrous work of art, an attempt to facilitate healing and to help children manage their emotions in a fun-and-play approach.

The exhibit was part of the activities to commemorate the first anniversary of the Zamboanga siege. The children’s art works are for sale and proceeds will be given back to the children through various interventions as part of the recovery and rehabilitation efforts.

Aside from the children’s art works, Tawasil and Franco have also put some of their art pieces on exhibit. Also on display are photos on interventions by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and memorabilia and other photos of government relief and recovery efforts  prepared by  the City Museum staff. — Vic Larato