The 1000 Crane Project

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by JUHI PANDEY on Sunday, March 10, 2013

Visual Arts + Design

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Technical level


The objective of this session is to present a project which is an example connecting art & design as a tool of working with children from conflict based backgrounds. The 1000 Crane Project is a 10 day art camp for underprivileged and deprived children to travel to another city in India and live, learn and grow in a new environment in order to motivate them to set their future goals. This session will help entrepreneurs and artist interested in connecting their work to education and development to understand the methodology and process of how to use their art skills for the same. This is also a session which shows how creative learning bring about change in basic human behaviors. This project is a good example of connecting art to education of children, connecting art to travel, connecting art to social development.


The 1000 Crane Project Arts Exchange Camps for underprivileged children of Goa with the rest of India. Summary: The 1000 Crane Project is an initiative of TARA TRUST to conduct exchange programs which connect the underprivileged children from Goa to the rest of India, by travelling to various cities, living and learning with other children, in order to get sensitized about the world outside their homes, be motivated to finish school, and inspired to build goals and grow to understand the environment, cultures and people through the medium of art and creativity.

Aim of the project : - To give exposure to underprivileged children of Goa to the rest of India - To help in building self awareness and motivation amongst the underprivileged thru art based activities - To expand the personal goals of an underprivileged child thru interaction with various resource people from various fields in life. - To create awareness of environment, community, people and places in India and the world. - To encourage patriotism and understanding of national goals by bridging gaps cause by language, caste or creed. - To build a relationship with the potential achievers of the groups and follow up with them till they can become independent individuals.

To whom are we reaching out through this project? The project is aimed at providing further exposure to the children of the institutions and orphanages in Goa with whom we already have built a relationship because of weekly art workshops that we conduct. We shall also be reaching out to underprivileged children in the cities where we organize the workshop by collaboration with one or more NGOs where the children need support and exposure through such art workshops and camps. The workshop reaches out to children who need to be motivated to go to school or finish school.
It reaches out to children who need to be taught the importance of being independent and open to new environments and people.

How is the project unique? The workshop is unique as it takes children who typically live in a world which starts in their homes and ends in their neighbourhood school, as they have no means of exposure to the outside world because of economic or social constraints. Through the experience of travelling to another city, a child gets the first hand experience of the world outside his/her home which they have probably only seen on television. By travelling and being a part of a residential workshop, the child learns how to take care of himself/herself, adapt to a space which is not his/her home and learn to live with others. The workshops brings them in touch with various resource people from different areas of art and design, and the format is not a formal classroom set up, so it helps the child to interact freely and learn freely from these experts. It is unique as it helps the child to learn new behaviors, especially interaction with new people, table manners, time management and team work. A 10 day period in a new environment, new space amongst new people, away from the comfort zone of their homes, allows the child to gauge their competency levels. The 1000 Crane Project, is unique as it helps the child understand all the aspects in life at a very early stage hence to be able to return home a bit more responsible and challenged in life.

How do we deliver? - Venue – the space where the workshop shall be conducted should have venues for activities as well as boarding facilities. Ideally an educational institute or a arts studio/village or a convention center or even the premises of a commercial/corporate organization which has boarding facilities that can be offered to children for 10 days - Time Period – between 10 days to 7 days - Fully Residential - Number of participants should not exceed 15, as far as possible an equal ratio to be maintained between girls and boys and age groups - All materials and equipments shall be provided by Tara Trust - Tara Trust is also open to the host organization conducting activities using their own resource people and infrastructure - Apart from the residential participants, Tara Trust will invite children from other schools, homes, orphanages and shelters to participate in specific activities on specific days, hence reaching out to a larger group of children of the city where the workshop will be conducted. - Tara Trust invites resource people to conduct specific programs especially in the areas of art and design.

What is our long term goal through these exchange programs? - We plan to organize atleast 4 such exchange workshops in a year, and want to make this one of the main projects under the trust programs - We plan that each workshop shall be based around a topic / story of either environmental, social or cultural importance which the children need to learn and be sensitized about for their own future. - Apart from the exchange art camps, we plan to organize art workshops for The 1000 Crane Project specifically in Goa, atleast 2 every month. This will also help us identify the group of children to be taken for the art camps. - We also plan to create a collaboration with NGOs all over India, who may want to create a bridge for their children with the children in Goa by sending them to Goa for a similar art camp. - Once the workshop is complete, we will do an individual follow up on the participants and track their growth pattern post such a program and support them for all future aspirations which could have been created due to this program

When did the 1000 Crane Project begin?
The 1000 Crane Project was initiated by Tara Trust in 2011. The first camp was conducted at the Sanskriti Kendra in New Delhi in October 2011. The second camp was organized at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. These two camps and subsequent satellite workshops in Goa were organized keeping the tsunami and earthquake of Japan in mind and 1000 T-shirts were painted by children at the camps and other workshops which shall be sent to Japan for the children who were victims of the tragedy. The third now shall be organized at the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore from the 17th of April 2013 to 27th of April 2013, based on the theme of WATER.

Format Of the Camp: During the 10 days, we conduct various activities like drawing, sketching, painting, recycling art, installations, theater, music, dance with the help of local resource people. All these activities are based on the theme of the project. Through these activities the children learn to apply their individual creativity, they are challenged to work in teams and also use some problem solving skills, helping in their personal growth. The 10 day camp culminates in an exhibition of their works which is once again curated and set-up by the group themselves. Hence, teaching them the importance of presentation and communication of their work and their ideas.

How will this project be presented at The Goa Project? We have documented the work of the children at the previous camps and also work of the children done at our various projects in Goa. I will present the methodology behind the creation of the workshops, and then conclude by giving some examples of success.


This is session will be a presentation of the Project, so, it will be a slide presentation, and maybe at the end a short Question & Answer session. Hence, the only need shall be a projector for the speaker.

Speaker bio

I am the Project Manager for Tara Trust. Tara Trust is a registered non-profit organization based in Goa, with the mission to educate, empower and enable the underprivileged, especially women and children, to improve their lives.
The idea, objectives and plan of the 1000 Crane Project was initiated and created by myself in 2011. I am the main co-ordinator and conductor at the art camps.