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Visual Arts - Giant Storybooks
Chiche is a small community located in the highlands of Guatemala. 98% of its residents are indigenous K'iche. For various periods of the civil war from 1960 to 1996, Chiche marked the border between the army controlled area and the guerilla controlled area. The town faces a high incidence of poverty, illiteracy and malnutrition. The majority of children are not able to finish their schooling due to a lack of economic resources.
The Riecken Foundation's library in Chiche is always full of people and activities. However, it remains a challenge to ignite a profound thirst for learning and consistent participation in programs. The director and librarian must constantly innovate new ways to make their programs more acessible and inspiring.
To increase awareness of the partner organization’s mission through art and engage more people in its work.
To increase children's love for reading in rural areas of Chiche by the end of this one month project.
The goal of this project is to encourage reading among children in rural areas in Chiche by engaging them in the process of creating a giant storybook on children's rights and using the book during story time in rural Chiche communities. I will work with a local woman to create the storyline, and children that come to the library will help create the pages of the book during a series of open format workshops. The final product will be a giant storybook of 15-17 pages.
The Riecken Foundation is very supportive of developing new methods for promoting literacy. This book will test a new method for engaging children in reading during the Riecken Foundation's new program that seeks to bring story time to rural areas. I will be able to coordinate with Alba and Amayra, staff at The Riecken Foundation.
I will work with a local woman to write the story, which will focus on the rights of children. The project will utilize an open workshop format, during which participating children will illustrate the story. The workshops will take place at the library, but the story hours that utilize the book will be brought to more rural communities.
Through group work, children made new friends while learning about topics that are important to them and how to express these ideas in a presentable piece of art.
The library gained a new tool for spreading the love of reading in rural Chiche. Library staff have said that they are going to replicate this project in rural areas.
500 children in rural Chiche.