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We believe art is an innate call for everyone.

ASF aims at reviving, preserving, and protecting, the rural and tribal art and artisans of our country, enabling and empowering them to reclaim their talent and earn livelihood through their creations.

 

Our rural and tribal folks are some of the most talented artists our country boasts of. The cutthroat race of survival, however, more often than not forces them to give up their art for more ‘realistic’ and ‘practical’ ways of earning livelihood. ASF has taken up the tough task of bringing them to limelight and saving their art. Let’s all do our bit to help these artisans do what they do best – create!

 

We need your monetary help to find, finance, and support tribal and rural artists.

We must act now as many of the concerned art styles are already seeing their last generation of artists.

 

Over time, the economic circumstances have forced these creators to abandon their skill due to lack of opportunities and mediums to showcase their art. They were never recognized as a valuable piece of artwork by the critics and the masses, hence degrading the monetary value of their creations down to null. They do not enjoy an appropriate exposure to the mainstream market of arts and crafts, and thereby, are limited to their local geography to sell their product.

 

On the other hand, there are artists who unfortunately cannot follow their passion because of the scarcity of resources and the weight of responsibilities and liabilities on their shoulders. They never reach the stage of selling, since they do not have the supplies to create their art in the first place.

Your money will be used:

  • fund art research. We will deploy various small teams across several Indian states to scour for artists in hiding for want of exposure.
  • To provide these artists with supplies and financial support to bring their enthusiasm back to their domain of expertise, all the while taking care of the marketing and logistics for them.
  • to collect, frame, imitate existing artworks and restore the ones on the edge of perishing.
  • to acquire raw materials and equipment for framing, storing, packaging etc.
  • to conduct exhibitions of the collected artworks and bring the artists in limelight.
  • engage representatives from arts, environmental, and educational organizations as well as businesses and local governments
  •  acquiring a larger storefront with space for sorting, organizing, and displaying donated materials and conducting workshops
  •  procuring funding for ongoing program activities

 

The goal we have set is by no means even close to what these artisans deserve, or need, but it’s a start. We urge you to join hands with us, contribute in whatever way you can, little or big, to further the cause. We have all led a life of privilege, we understand what it means to pursue our dreams. Let’s not let these creators of masterpieces be exempt from experiencing that joy. Their art deserves equal esteem.

 

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Wellness is a full integration of physical, mental and spiritual well-being. It is a complex interaction that leads to quality of life.

Wellness is commonly viewed as having seven dimensions. Each dimension contributes to our own sense of wellness or quality of life, and each affects and overlaps the others. At times one may be more prominent than others, but neglect of any one dimension for any length of time has adverse effects on overall health.

The Seven Dimensions of Wellness

Physical Dimension

Physical wellness encompasses a variety of healthy behaviors including adequate exercise, proper nutrition and abstaining from harmful habits such as drug use and alcohol abuse. It means learning about and identifying symptoms of disease, getting regular medical checkups, and protecting yourself from injuries and harm. Developing such healthy habits today will not only add years to your life but will enhance the enjoyment and quality of those years.

Tips for optimal physical wellness:

  • Exercise daily
  • Get adequate rest
  • Use seat belts, helmets, and other protective equipment
  • Learn to recognize early signs of illness
  • Eat a variety of healthy foods
  • Control your meal portions
  • Stop smoking and protect yourself against second-hand smoke
  • Use alcohol in moderation, if at all

Emotional Dimension

Emotional wellness is a dynamic state that fluctuates frequently with your other six dimensions of wellness. Being emotionally well is typically defined as possessing the ability to feel and express human emotions such as happiness, sadness and anger. It means having the ability to love and be loved and achieving a sense of fulfillment in life. Emotional wellness encompasses optimism, self-esteem, self-acceptance and the ability to share feelings.

Tips for optimal emotional wellness:

  • Tune-in to your thoughts and feelings
  • Cultivate an optimistic attitude
  • Seek and provide support
  • Learn time management skills
  • Practice stress management techniques
  • Accept and forgive yourself

Intellectual Dimension

The intellectual dimension encourages creative, stimulating mental activities. Our minds need to be continually inspired and exercised just as our bodies do. People who possess a high level of intellectual wellness have an active mind and continue to learn. An intellectually well person uses the resources available to expand one’s knowledge and improve skills. Keeping up-to-date on current events and participating in activities that arouse our minds are also important.

Tips and suggestions for optimal intellectual wellness include:

  • Take a course or workshop
  • Learn (or perfect) a foreign language
  • Seek out people who challenge you intellectually
  • Read
  • Learn to appreciate art

Social Dimension

Social wellness refers to our ability to interact successfully in our global community and to live up to the expectations and demands of our personal roles. This means learning good communication skills, developing intimacy with others, and creating a support network of friends and family members.

Social wellness includes showing respect for others and yourself. Contributing to your community and to the world builds a sense of belonging.

Tips and suggestions for optimal social wellness include:

  • Cultivate healthy relationships
  • Get involved
  • Contribute to your community
  • Share your talents and skills
  • Communicate your thoughts, feelings and ideas

Spiritual Dimension

Spiritual wellness involves possessing a set of guiding beliefs, principles, or values that help give direction to one’s life. It encompasses a high level of faith, hope and commitment to your individual beliefs that provide a sense of meaning and purpose. It is willingness to seek meaning and purpose in human existence, to question everything and to appreciate the things which cannot be readily explained or understood.

A spiritually well person seeks harmony between what lies within as well as the forces outside.

Tips and suggestions for optimal spiritual wellness:

  • Explore your spiritual core
  • Spend time alone/meditate regularly
  • Be inquisitive and curious
  • Be fully present in everything you do
  • Listen with your heart and live by your principles
  • Allow yourself and those around you the freedom to be who they are
  • See opportunities for growth in the challenges life brings you

Environmental Wellness

Environmental wellness is an awareness of the unstable state of the earth and the effects of your daily habits on the physical environment. It consists of maintaining a way of life that maximizes harmony with the earth and minimizes harm to the environment. It includes being involved in socially responsible activities to protect the environment.

Tips and suggestions for optimal environmental wellness:

  • Stop your junk mail
  • Conserve water and other resources
  • Minimize chemical use
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Renew your relationship with the earth

Occupational Dimension

Occupational/Vocational wellness involves preparing and making use of your gifts, skills, and talents in order to gain purpose, happiness, and enrichment in your life. The development of occupational satisfaction and wellness is related to your attitude about your work. Achieving optimal occupational wellness allows you to maintain a positive attitude and experience satisfaction/pleasure in your employment. Occupational wellness means successfully integrating a commitment to your occupation into a total lifestyle that is satisfying and rewarding.

Tips and suggestions for optimal occupational wellness include:

  • Explore a variety of career options
  • Create a vision for your future
  • Choose a career that suits your personality, interests and talents
  • Be open to change and learn new skills

 

Worth Wild

Children and Nature Movement 

“We are living in an age of unprecedented uncertainty and change.”

The Children & Nature Movement is to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration, concerns about environmental issues.

 

Children’s outdoor play can be even more powerful. In their play children develop imaginary worlds that they can control, where they can triumph over disaster. They can develop new games and test out ways of behaving and ideas. They are physically active and emotionally engaged. This behaviour is not unimportant. It is how they build up a repertoire of flexible responses to situations they create and encounter. And that’s how they build confidence, resilience, teamwork and emotional intelligence. It’s how they learn who they are and who they might become. Study also shows how they are happiest.

Nature club for families 

Family Nature Club engages families in creating healthy living habits for themselves and their communities.

Organisations

Government organizations, non-profit entities, community groups, teachers and corporations that are working to support the movement to reconnect children to nature.

Event Type: workshops, trails, networking, wild child, join the movement

Event Coming Soon!!! 

Wild Child

Spend a fun morning with the family learning about forest wildlife, tapping trees, and getting close to the fascinating process of making irresistibly delicious honey, syrup, jams,…!

Of course, we’ll be taste-testing, so be sure to bring your sweet tooth.

This event is open to the public. Pre-registration preferred.

Want to connect with regional campaigns, clubs, organizations and people near you? Soon, our mapping resource will provide a visual resource to locate regional, national and programs working to expand the reach of the children & nature movement.

 

Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people—including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion—are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources.

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