Sneha started Nepal's first children's museum to provide creative learning experiences for children
Sneha started the Children's Art Museum of Nepal three years ago to provide Nepali Children with hands-on art experiences so that they can learn beyond their classrooms and express themselves. Having gone through the education system in Nepal, Sneha knew that the Nepali school curriculum is based on rote learning and doesn't provide creative learning or encourage critical thinking. CAM Nepal works to fill this void and supplement children's school education.
Sneha gathered a diverse board of advisors in Nepal to help her lead arts education in Kathmandu. She has created numerous educational workshops that involve art activities. She has designed teacher training tools for including creativity in classrooms. Creative learning experiences are provided to children and youth with the help of CAM's community partners, volunteers, moms and international organizations such as UNICEF, UNHCR, Harvard University, Google Cultural Institute.
CAM Activities include:
- Educational workshops and camps for children and youth
- Teacher Training to integrate Creativity in Classrooms
- International Artist Residency program (CAM AIR)
Sneha is a Street Artist using inspirations from her native Nepali letters and Graffiti
Sneha Shrestha is also known as IMAGINE in the art world and has established herself as Nepali street artist meshing the Nepali alphabet and the Boston graffiti scene. She has shown her work in several exhibitions, commissioned works and public walls around the world including Boston, San Francisco, Bali, India and Istanbul. She has worked on projects for as Google Cultural Institute, Trip Advisor, Red Bull and Neiman Marcus. When not painting intricate pieces, Sneha paints bold larger than life walls and gets her community’s youth involved in them. (Click here to check out her artist website!)
"Secrets of the Universe", Cambridge
Promo for the Love to Give Neiman Marcus collection
7 continents on 4ftX7ft panels for Trip Advisor Headquarters
RED BULL BOSTON
A Golden fridge with "Boston" handstyle for Red Bull's Boston Offices
Sneha is an Artist in Residence at Harvard's Project Zero
Research at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Graffiti changed my life. I wish to share the same positive experiences of this art form with children and I have designed workshops for the Children’s Art Museum of Nepal where kids get to do exactly this. The Project Zero Artist in Residence program gives me a chance to get feedback on these workshops from world renown researchers at Harvard.
I want to do research on what happens when you introduce graffiti principles to 2nd graders. What happens when you focus on the aesthetics of alphabets and see them as images? What happens when you write your name in a writing style that you created? What do they learn? I want to explore themes of identity, group learning and collaboration.
The Children's Art Museum of Nepal will then be sharing my findings with schools and teachers in Kathmandu through student workshops, teacher training and consultation. Stepping closer to making Arts Learning part of Nepali children's education.
I will be post updates here as I collect data. Watch this space!