Art for Refuge

Overview

The Art for Refuge project is a community project that seeks to use the arts as a safe place to express inner most feelings, learn without inhibitions and share without limitations. The arts refers to all mediums of human expressions including story-telling, drama, music, visual art, crafts, dance and others. Evidence suggests that the arts can stimulate curiosity about the world around us and connect with meaningful experiences. It can also nurture positive aspirations, raise self-esteem and promote critical thinking as well as help us to develop the resilience to manage the challenges we encounter in life.

Activities conducted so far:

    1. Arts and Craft workshops for Lautu Education Centre, Dignity for Children Foundation & Rumah Titian Kaseh

    1. Quilling workshop
    2. Fabric painting workshop
    3. Soap carving workshop
    4. Colouring workshop

    2. Alliance for Chin Refugee School

    1. Quilling workshop
    2. Felt pouch workshop

    3. Bloomers Training Centre

    1. Christmas ornaments workshop
    2. Mother’s Day cards & paper flower workshop

    4. The National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM)

    1. Origami hats workshop

    5. National Cancer Society of Malaysia (Children’s Home of Hope)

    1. Puppet show
    2. Magic show

Objectives

Art for Refuge at Bloomers

  • To promote the arts as a medium of expression for holistic well-being.
  • To develop knowledge and skills in arts related activities.
  • To engage and motivate new possibilities for creative expression and imagination.

Target Audience

  • School students
  • Refugee children
  • Children in welfare homes

Art for Refuge Workshop

IMU Cares Integration with MPU4 (Social Responsibility) Module

(Each student group should select one of the following)
1. United Learning Centre , Lautu Education Centre, Dignity for Children Foundation & Rumah Titian Kaseh
Art and Crafts projects with focus on teaching skilled crafts that develop creative and critical thinking as well as expressive communication. Where possible, the crafts will also be proffered for exhibition or purchase.

2. Bloomers Training Centre & The National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM)
Arts and Crafts projects for Special Needs Children with focus on improving self-esteem, strengthening bilateral coordination and fine motor coordination.

3. National Cancer Society of Malaysia (Children’s Home of Hope)
Arts related activities to entertain and engage children fighting with cancer by alleviating the emotional and mental stress they face.

Project Details

If you are interested to know more or have any enquiries on this project, kindly drop an email to the project leader below.

Project Leader: Dr Sheba DMani
Email: sheba_dmani@imu.edu.my

Serving the community is a manifestation of the University's core values but also as part of experiential learning, generally, a very effective form of learning - Walking the Talk.

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