Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.
– Francis of Assisi.
We, at Art and Impact, aim to live up to this idea, and hope to through charity and wisdom remove all the obstacles that put those who are less privileged than us in fear or ignorance of their own potential and hence in 2019 we continued to great work by raising funds for the underprivileged. Which is particularly important in today’s day in age since government measures no matter how impactful are simply not effective enough to help those who are less privileged than us. It is also a means for us to give back to society and do our part in helping humanity.
Art and Impact aims to do the same, allowing student volunteers to do their part in doing charitable activities, and helping people less privileged than us in the process. It sells artwork made by both artists/craftsmen and students alike to raise funds for charity. To do the same, Art and Impact headed by Anhiti Mandal helped the Lotus Petal Foundation raised funds of ₹2,500 for supporting the education of underprivileged children by selling artwork at the AWA Mela on November 11, 2019. Other than this, we taught underprivileged students subjects like science and math, providing with much needed learning and education.
“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”
Something often heard by many while growing up is the importance of giving back. I first learnt this in school during an event called “The Joy of Giving”. Spending your time making an effort for someone else, that is what brings new meaning to life.
That’s when I tried for the first time, in Grade 7, a small exhibition to raise funds through the sale of my work. Painting and sketching was a hobby that I had started several years back, and this provided me with an opportunity to showcase my work and put it to good use. To my pleasant surprise, I managed to raise more than six thousand rupees in my first outing . The funds that I raised, went to the local chapter of Quota International, a ninety year old social service organization, working for the underprivileged.
The buyers of my work heartened me further, with pictures of what now adorns their walls.
Dear Anhiti, Here’s you are my dear, your painting above a great masterpiece on either side! lots of success in the future. – Pramod Bhandari
Now thoroughly inspired, soon I started to prepare for small exhibitions. By Grade 8, I did a full-fledged one at the school Open Day, with the help of my classmate, Aarushi Gupta. This time I raised funds for donating school kits to girls from a school run by an NGO called the Uday Foundation. The hearty amount of eleven thousand was raised which far exceeded my expectations. All of the small works were sold out on the first day itself, and I was unable to put up a stall on the second day.
Then it dawned upon me that these exhibitions not only provide me with a chance to use my skills in a constructive manner and work on my passion, but also benefits others. Thoroughly encouraged and excited, I hope to continue having such events.