It started with a VISON to share the value of creativity and show the importance of art & culture for our developing country.
In 2004 I officially started providing my own brand of art workshops to a small group of neighborhood children. I wanted to change how people look at the ARTS and how useful and important it is in uplifting our country’s future. I also wanted to make use of the wonderful training I had from my educational and work background. Graduating from the College of Fine Arts in University of the Philippines and Managing the Arts Program from Asian Institute of Management, I felt I had to make my professors proud. And I did not want to disappoint my colleagues and bosses from SGV & Co.’s Liberal Arts Program & Marketing Department, the Ateneo High School Arts Department, Kids At Art and My Little Art Place. These were all highly esteemed establishments and they still continue to produce employees and students that have high regard for creativity and development in our culture.
That is why in 2010 when I was approached to help improve the summer art program of Center For Movement & Music (technically a Dance & Music school) that gave high value to arts & culture, and a Catholic institution who gave me a chance to share my passion for visual arts in their Feeding Program for the poor, I knew I finally had this chance to put into good use what God has blessed me with. I eventually used this small group of network that I worked around with who were receptive to my new endeavor.
Fast forward to 2013, I had finally developed what I was testing and trying first with my own children and then with my art students and thus I was finally able to formally offer an art education arm to my thriving endeavor, LIKHANG BATA. Ando so MEET THE ART MASTERS WORKSHOP was then formally born. Compiling all the lessons I gathered and experiences in Art education and echoing a program that I saw being used in the United States, I decided to adopt it and inculcate my own collected techniques to produce an art program that will practice fine motor skills, enrich creativity and give students an avenue for self-expression. But most especially I also added a touch of culture by learning and appreciating the techniques and styles of the great art masters, including world-renowned Filipino artists then and now. A simple art program that children will be able to participate in, and where adults can also learn to appreciate & understand the value and purpose of our rich Filipino culture.
Right now, I can say that after every workshop, session, or art project my heart is filled with pride for my students who get to appreciate different styles, techniques and creative ideas. I am overjoyed whenever I get compliments from parents who appreciate how their toddlers develop their fine motor skills, of students who can quickly identify their favorite art master on walls of museums, public buildings and online. And I am affirmed every time I hear positive remarks from co-teachers or colleagues and friends who are impressed by my program’s outcome.
For the Philippines, I am confident that our country’s culture has a bright future. For the next generation, I am hopeful that more and more parents will be able to support their children’s creative development. As for me, I am content at being an instrument for positive change.
I AM TEACHER NANAY DINDI :)
To be honest with you, I'm more of a visual artist rather than a writer/blogger. So "author" to me seemed kinda scary and I couldn't think of any other "tag" to write in this portion than NANAY (mother in Filipino language). Because that's who I really am, a Filipino mother first and an artist-teacher second.