Art for All Foundation

The Art for All Foundation[1] and Center [2] is a non-profit Thai organization sponsored by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Thailand's Commission on Higher Education, Ministry of Culture and Chulalongkorn University that conducts programs for youths with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups such as indigenous hill tribe children as well as prison inmates.

Art for All Foundation
Typenon-profit
Chairman
Dr. Channarong Pornrungroj
1st Vice-chairman
Prasong Ongpreechakul, The United Nations (ESCAP)
2nd Vice-chairman
Associate Professor Dr. Nantarika Chansue, The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chulalongkorn University
Treasurer, Secretary
Darunee Dharmapodon, Office of the National Cultural Commission
AffiliationsUnited Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Websitewww.artforall.or.th

HistoryEdit

 
Channarong Pornrungroj

In 1997, Channarong Pornrungroj, the former Dean of the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at Chulalongkorn University started an art program for disadvantaged and disabled children. “Art for All” uses art as a vehicle for developing the skills and talents of both disabled and non-disabled individuals. In 2007, the Art for All Foundation partnered with the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts of Thailand's largest university, Chulalongkorn University, creating a campus office known as the Art for All Center. Chulalongkorn University prematurely pulled funding for the Art for All Center's 3-year contract due to accounting and reporting irregularities. The University is no longer associated with Art for All.

Program volunteers, in conjunction with gifted and average children along with the blind, deaf and physically or mentally impaired all take part in a diverse range of activities. They range from musical, visual and mixed media, dance, drama to literature experiences. It is through these activities that they learn about cooperative teamwork, life skills, the creative process and themselves.

ActivitiesEdit

The Art for All program offers and conducts a diverse array of activities where both mainstream and disadvantaged young people learn to work cooperatively together. They range from weekend art education exchange sessions to the larger annual, regional and indigenous Hilltribe Art for All Camps as well as one for prisoners facing life and death sentences.

Art for All also organizes art exhibitions, workshops, hosts the international art education model group as well as conducts research and publishing an annual that incorporates leading research papers related to art, education and the underprivileged. The Art for All program’s dedicated staff brings at least 20 activities per year to the people of Thailand and the world community since its inception in 1997.

International Education Model and Research ForumEdit

The Art for All international program brings together key researchers and program representatives to present their current papers in an exchange forum about the disabled art education programs in their own country.

ReferencesEdit

  • Death Row Prisoners Find Solace in Art Lessons, Shanravee Tansubhapol Aug 7, 2006, Bangkok Post
  • Empowering Through Art, SEA Write Laureate Naowarat Pongpaiboon, Jul 24, 2006, Bangkok Post
  • Art for All Camp in Nakon Nayok, Sep 2006, Thai Airways In-flight Publication, Kinnaree
  • Against the Odds, Chompoo Trakullertsathien Feb 3, 2004, Bangkok Post
  • Arts & Hearts, Chompoo Trakullertsathien Dec 21, 2003, Bangkok Post
  • Disabled by Society's Norm, Rojana Manovawalailao Mar 3, 2003, The Nation
  • 5th Art for All, Oct, 2003, Thai Airways In-flight Publication, Kinnaree
  • Art Therapy, Chompoo Trakullertsathien Sep 11, 2003, Bangkok Post
  • Art for All, Sabai-Nang, Feb, 2002, Thai Airways In-flight Publication, Kinnaree
  • Art for All 2, Visual Arts for the Special Needs, Wairah Marzuki Dec, 2001, Balai Seni Lukis Negara Malaysia Report
  • Art for All, Dr. Channarong Pornrungroj, Sep - Nov, 2001, Japan Letter - Newsletter from Japan's Cultural Center, Bangkok (The Japan Foundation)
  • Looking Beyond Disabilities, Ooi Kok Chuen Jul 30, 2001, New Straits Times Malaysia
  • Channarong's State of the Art, Ooi Kok Chuen Jul 24, 2001, New Straits Times Malaysia
  • Art for All, Sermsak Sukarawan, Feb, 2001 Thai Airways In-flight Publication, Kinnaree
  • Art-enabled Kids, Karnjariya Sukrung May 7, 2000, Bangkok Post

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