Child Art in Public Spaces – The Little Art establishes Permanent Art Showcase at Institute of Mental Health, Lahore

The Little Art through its project ArtBeat – National Child Art Competition and Exhibitions, set up permanent exhibition of artworks at the Addiction Center of Institute of Mental Health, Lahore. These set up artworks are created by children and young people from across Pakistan. The showcase will be inaugurated on World Mental Health Day (10th October). The artworks were set up in collaboration with Alhamra Arts Council, Mall Road.
The artwork collected by The Little Art over the past 12 years from across Pakistan, from public to private schools, was exhibited in Art Galleries of Lahore, Islamabad & Karachi. Some of the child art then showcased in the public spaces, like schools, hospitals and children centers.
Art adds enormous value to the cultural and aesthetic of a community. It is now a well-accepted that art contributes to a community’s identity, fosters community pride and a sense of belonging.
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
“The presence of art changes the space, and this is what we wanted to achieve.
This permanent showcase of art at Mental Hospital will add colors and messages of hope to the people visiting and their families. We are thankful to Alhamra and Mental Hospital for their support and shared vision.” Director The Little Art, Shoaib Iqbal
ArtBeat – National Child Art Competition and Exhibitions is a project of The Little Art which was initiated in 2012 with a vision to promote visual culture, understanding of issues among children and youth from their own perspective, celebrate children as artists and present children’s view as a point of discourse for adults and community.
The Little Art is a registered non-profit arts education organization, which carries a mission to establish arts in Pakistan as a major facilitator for children and young people to realize and achieve their dreams; through innovative arts education projects and creative learning opportunities.
We use the medium of art to promote positive social values through innovative learning opportunities among children and young people, specially marginalized and from low-income backgrounds.

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