Thursday, August 18, 2022

Indian teen’s US-Based NGO fulfils people’s social and emotional needs through art

She started ‘The Arts of Healing’, a non-profit organisation in the US with the sole purpose of helping people in various ways using art as a medium

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Nikita Karande, a 16-year-old girl, loves art, being outdoors, and spending time with her loved ones. An art student for the past eight years, she has learnt different mediums of painting and drawing and she wanted to share her hobby with others. She started ‘The Arts of Healing’, a non-profit organisation in the US with the sole purpose of helping people in various ways using art as a medium.

The NGO generates money that goes towards donating art supplies to lower-income schools and charities. This way, it spreads the joy and learning of art to kids and adults who don’t have proper access to this outlet

Karande wants to spread this knowledge to as many people as possible, especially those who do not have the privilege to access such education. She believes art can be used as an outlet to address social and emotional challenges. “My mission is to empower people of any background with the knowledge of visual arts and use that medium to cope with various social and emotional challenges,” she told The Logical Indian. “I intend to donate art supplies to underprivileged individuals and institutions that support similar initiatives and spread art education and learning to those who don’t have access to it. All of these aspirations gave me the perfect opportunity to start my own non-profit, The Arts of Healing Inc,” she added.

The NGO generates money that goes towards donating art supplies to lower-income schools and charities. This way, it spreads the joy and learning of art to kids and adults who don’t have proper access to this outlet. “I strongly believe that more people should get to experience the satisfaction that comes with drawing and painting, and for this reason, we want to spread joy in communities that are struggling,” Nikita said.

“One of the major challenges with this journey is generating funding for these programs. Along with all the materials for projects and workshops, money tends to run short. Yet, this is an issue that many non-profit organisations face, so we will continue to advertise fundraising events and donations to meet our needs,” Nikita Karande said.  The challenging aspect of running an NGO and being a student was creating a balance. Both of these things are important for her and finding a balance between the two requires meticulous planning. “My entire day, week, and month runs on calendars, alarms, and schedules. Without having timings arranged and written to-do lists, I would not be able to tackle an NGO and school effectively simultaneously,” she said.

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