VAST Summer Camp “Art For Community” funded by READ Bhutan

 

In the past, Bhutan had a very close community in which the youth and the elders would be constantly interacting with each other. The youth would learn many values from the elders thorough the medium of stories and art/craft. What we treasure the most were stories by the elders as we sat by the fire.

In recent years, with modernization and with the new age technology, the gap between the elders and the youth seems to be widening. Rural urban migrations can also be attributed to modernization. Amongst all these modern changes, we can see our values slowly slipping by. Unlike the earlier days, volunteerism now is seen as a hobby for those who are wealthy or otherwise.

Therefore, VAST Bhutan organized a Summer Art Camp themed, “Art for Community” in Kabesa, Punakha. The camp’s intention was to provide a glimpse of the hardships that farmers face at the height of summer and how they come together to overcome it like in the old times.The Camp participants were taken through this age old practice to realize the power of unity and oneness. The camp was from July 4-10, 2015. There were 70 student participants from Thimphu, Punakha READ Center, Kabesa Middle Secondary School and members of VAST Bhutan.

The “Art for Community” summer camp was funded by READ Bhutan and organized by VAST Bhutan.

During the camp, the participants were divided into groups and they were asked to produce works of art using found materials. The participants went on a 3 hour adventurous trek to Hokha Tsho (Lake) where they were given first hand experience in team work and adventure.They walked for yet another 3 hours to Rangrikha village where the 4th Rice Bank was established by VAST Bhutan with support from various donors. Here the participants helped to carry rice for distribution,interacted with the Rice Bank recipients and, learnt and understood the problems of these families.

The participants had a home-stay experience in two of the Rice Bank recipients’ houses. The participants were also involved in “changla chabni” (rice plantation).

On the last day of the camp, the participants exhibited their artwork. The oldest man, Ahlu Sangay (92), from the village was invited as the Chief Guest. The villagers were also invited to the closing lunch and to witness the exhibition. Representatives from READ Bhutan also attended the closing ceremony.

This camp was a huge success and all of us left with a better understanding of the people and the community,and a desire to make a difference, however small, in the communities we live in.

The Fourth Rice Bank Project

 

 

THE FOURTH RICE BANK

The Rice Bank project initiative is one of the platforms towards positive youth development. It gives our young members, artists and volunteers to exercise their responsibilities as good citizens in the wake of being a greater Bhutanese family who believes that “no one deserves to go hungry.”

We can truly succeed when each and every family in Bhutan has enough rice to eat, and a chance to contribute to society.

With the guidance and blessings of village elders, Tsogpas and gup of Kabji Gewog, Punakha Dzongkhag,VAST-Bhutan, along with the sponsors and volunteers worked very hard to start yet another Rice Bank.

The Fourth Rice Bank

The Gup and Tshogpas of Kabji Gewog, Punakha Dzongkhag have carefully selected 16 families from Zarbisa Chiwog, under Tshogpa Karma, for the 4th Rice Bank in Punakha. The Rice Bank will observe the rules and procedures as agreed upon and signed by the members, committee and VAST Bhutan.

VAST Bhutan would like to thank the following donors/sponsors and volunteers:

  1. Ms. Akiko Udea, Japan…………………………..Donor
  2. Country Walker Adventure, USA………………Donor
  3. Michael A. Franklin, USA…………………………..Donor
  4. Mr. Dorji Gyeltshen, Smile Bhutan………………Donor
  5. Asha Kama and Family, Bhutan……….…………Donor
  6. Pema Tshering, Water Dragon Gallery, Bhutan…Sponsor
  7. Mr. Anand Loza, Keys to Bhutan……………………Sponsor
  8. Mr. Yeshi Tshering, Bhutan Heritage and Birding Tours. ..Sponsor
  9. Mr. Wangdi, Sonam Trekking Services……..………….Sponsor
  10. Mrs. Chimi Zangmo, Dorji Elements………..…………..Sponsor
  11. Tashi Tobgay, Gateway to Bhutan……………………Sponsor
  12. Apa Dorji………………………………………………..Volunteer
  13. Lopen Karma……………………………………………Volunteer
  14. Ap Tsi Dorji……………………………………………..Volunteer
  15. Ap Tandi……………………….………………………..Volunteer
  16. Phurba Thinley Sherpa…………..……………………..Volunteer
  17. Aum Namgay Bidha………………..…………………..Volunteer
  18. Jason Hopper………………..…………………………..Volunteer
  19. Asha Kama……………………..………………………..Volunteer
  20. Kueron…………………………………….……………..Volunteer
  21. Rajesh Gurung…………………………………………..Volunteer
  22. Maiyesh Tamang………………………………………..Volunteer
  23. Zuki Nima………………………………………………..Volunteer
  24. Kuenzang Wangmo………….…………………………..Volunteer
  25. Kinley Wangmo……………………………………..…..Volunteer
  26. Pem Lham………………………………………………..Volunteer
  27. Karan Gurung…………………………………….……..Volunteer
  28. Baghi Raj Gurung…………………………………………Volunteer
  29. Pemba Norbu……………………………………………..Volunteer
  30. Tshering Wangchu……………………………………….Volunteer
  31. Pema Tshering…………………………………….……..Volunteer
  32. Tashi Tobgay……………………………………………..Volunteer
  33. Nyima Selden Om………………………………………..Volunteer
  34. Sangay Dorji…………………………………………..…..Volunteer
  35. Jigme Choden……………………………………………..Volunteer
  36. Deepti Rani Subba………………………………………..Volunteer
  37. Tandin Chofel……………………………………………..Volunteer
  38. Ugen Tshering……………………………………………..Volunteer
  39. Yonten Jamtsho…………………………………………..Volunteer
  40. Sangay Nidup……………………………………………..Volunteer
  41. Ugen Tenzin………………………………………………..Volunteer
  42. Kuenga Lodey……………………………………………..Volunteer
  43. Lobzang Zangpo……………………………………….Volunteer
  44. Sonam Tshering……………………………………………Volunteer
  45. Shacha Rinchen…………………………………………….Volunteer
  46. Pema Yoezer……………………………………………..Volunteer
  47. Pem Lham…………………………………………………..Volunteer
  48. Kunzang Om………………………………………………..Volunteer
  49. Choney Pelzang………………………………………….Volunteer
  50. Sonam Deki Chonzom(Sarwa)…………………………..Volunteer
  51. Karma Sonam (Kakashi)…………………..………………Volunteer
  52. Sonam Deki……………………………………………..Volunteer
  53. Kinga Wangmo…………………………………………..Volunteer

 

 

Kama Wangdi

VAST-Bhutan                                                                           DATE : 15th July 2015

 

Art of Giving

artof giving.pdf-01VAST Bhutan invites you all to join us for the “Art of Giving” event. The Art of Giving is aimed towards fundraising for our fellow artist friend Dhwoj Gurung from Nepal. His village Ghaychchok was completely destroyed during the recent earthquake. Dhwoj is taking the lead in rebuilding his village in Gorkha.
He is an exceptional artist who has achieved so much fame in the Art world at a very young age.
He has been an inspiration to the young VAST artists during the Bhutan International Festival. His live outdoor painting workshops were phenomenal.
Dhwoj is without a doubt a great artist but also a greater human being.
Please spread the word and help us help him.
You can look him up on facebook about how Dhwoj is working towards rebuilding his village.
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Kadrinchela for HAPPINESS- Kuensel

1_KARDINCHELA for HAPPINESS 2_kadrinchela 4_kadrinchela 5_kadrinchela 7_kadrinchela 8_kadrinchela 9_klaStudents express their gratitude to the Fourth Druk Gyalpo through the medium of art 

Anniversary: Seventy students from schools in Thimphu expressed their gratitude (kadrinchela) for happiness through their artwork yesterday.

Ranging from a girl contently listening to music, a woman walking in the rain, to three monks meditating with a smile, and portraits of the His Majesties the Kings, the artwork was dedicated to the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, in commemoration of His Majesty’s 60th birth anniversary.

An art competition was held on March 1, and all the artwork was exhibited at the Voluntary Artists’ Studio in Thimphu (VAST) gallery.

 

Inrig Yoedserma, 8, from Sersang primary school, won the first prize of Nu 5,000 in the five to 12 years category.  She had painted her version of happiness through a strong dragon breathing fire, as two friends watched the dragon.

Founder of VAST, Asha Kama, said they would organise similar programs for children to participate again.

An art exhibition will be held on March 22 at the Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Centre from 10am to 1pm.  Participants, who are interested to participate, can register at the centre, Asha Kama said.

During the event, cash prizes were also awarded to children, who collected the highest number of pet bottles during a collection drive last year.  A Lungtenzampa MSS student, Tashi Namgyel, won Nu 5,000 for collecting 968 pet bottles.

The home and cultural affairs minister, Damcho Dorji, and officials from the Bangladesh and Indian embassies attended the exhibition.  The event is organised by the Bangladesh embassy and VAST.

Thinley Zangmo

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT

 

VAST Bhutan in collaboration with the Bangladesh Embassy, Thimphu is organizing an art competition on the theme “Kadrinche La for HAPPINESS” by children between the age of 6 to 25 to celebrate the 60th Birth Anniversary of our Beloved King , The 4th Druk Gyalpo.

The competition will be held on 1st March, 2015, from 10 am to 5 pm at VAST Bhutan,Tarayana Building, Chubachu.

All interested participants are requested to come to VAST at 10 a.m to participate in the competition.

Registration for VAST membership and enrollment for the 2015 weekend art courses will also be open from 1st March to 22nd , 2015. The weekend classes will commence from 4th of April, 2015.

Launch of the National Art Fest

Contemporary Art offers an innovative form of expression capable of highlighting Bhutan’s work to balance tradition with modernity. We feel that a nationwide Art Competition will motivate Contemporary Artists to create deep, thoughtful and large bodies of work.

The long awaited project was launched by Her Royal Highness, Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck at the Le Meredien, Thimphu during the certificate awarding ceremony of the Bhutan International Festival on 21st February, 2015.

When VAST began in 1998, one of its ambitious mandates was to reach out to the national art community, providing both professional artists and young artists, opportunities to express themselves and educate those around them about the importance of art for self-expression.

As contemporary art begins to emerge in Bhutan we must seize the opportunity to spread recognition of contemporary art as an art form as well as aid the breakthrough artists in their immersion towards international recognition.

In celebration of His Majesty’s dedication to art, VAST is honoured to launch the annual nationwide contemporary art exhibition and competition to be held in Thimphu every year.

This nationwide call for submissions and exhibition would simultaneously celebrate both the achievements of His Majesty, as well as the birth of modern art under His dynamic leadership. Continue reading