On Tuesday 21st November, at the French Institute, Beirut, Amel Association International had the pleasure to inaugurate the art exhibition from children involved in La Belle Saison project, conducted in refugee camps in Khiam.
The creative project, undertaken by Amel in July 2017, took place thanks to the support of the French Institute in Lebanon and LEM (Les Enfants de la Méditerranée), was a space in which 15 youth discovered the joys of artistic creation through the presence of the Lebanese artist Lucciana Baradhi, student at the Lebanese Acadamy of Fine Arts (l’Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts).
In the presence of his Excellence, French Ambassador Bruno Foucher, the respected director and culture delegate of the French Insitute, Mr Luciano Rispoli and Eric Lebas, LEM’s president Xavier Longchambon-Rajon and Amel’s President, Dr Kamel Mohanna, this opening was an occasion to present the work created during the last two months of workshop, as well as to view photographs taken within the framework of Amel’s Education Program.
La Belle Saison Program
During the summer of 2017, Art students from Lebanese universities were invited to submit proposals for art projects to be conducted within those Syrian refugee camps visited by Amel’s Modile Education Unit in the region of Khiam (whose activities are funded by MAE, le Centre de Crise et de Soutien du MAE).
Free to develop the sessions as they wished within their proposals, the prospective students were invited to suggest activities that would engage those vulnerable children most affected by the Syrian crisis, through artistic workshops which encouraged self-expression and imagination, insight into their dreams and hopes, as well as portrayals of their everyday realities.
The chosen project, with Lucciana Baradhi, was then brought to reality with the generous material and financial donations from LEM and the activities were conducted between September and November 2017, in the camp of Marj el Khoh (South Lebanon), with the logistic and pedagogic support from Amel’s Mobile Education Unit.