Art for Autism
In cooperation with Gilbert Silvius, professor at Nyenrode New Business School and Janivo Fund, HIA helped students on how to make a school assignment relevant for society. The students came up with several ideas, from helping lonely seniors, to single mothers, social entrepreneurship to helping children with autism. The last project was chosen by the students as most relevant. The students made a video report of the project.
Written by: Nathanya Lekatompessy, student of Nyenrode New Business school Amsterdam.
Art for Autism Nederland is a project by Foundation Year students of Nyenrode New Business School Amsterdam as part of their “Showcase” modules, which teaches project management. The project aims at increasing awareness of unique artistic talents of children on the autism spectrum in The Netherlands. It was created by four students- Nathanya Lekatompessy, Klaas Vrijburg, Jules Grouwels and Laurens Boissevain. The project idea was pitched and won among three other ideas that the class had presented.
On the 6th of January 2016, we held an art workshop with Stichting Ark in Amsterdam, in cooperation with art students from ArtEZ Academy of Art & Design, Arnhem. The morning started with a short briefing and had coffee with Mrs. Paulla Keen, Director of Stichting Ark. Soon after, the three children arrived with their parents and had an introductory session, which included singing. The children molded clay to create some impressive clay models ranging from snakes to even a piano and dumbbells! We had heartfelt conversations and interesting discussions with the parents about autism, art, and financial assistance for medication and treatments for their children among other topics. The day was an eye-opening experience for everyone as we learned a lot and it inspired us. We filmed the session and interviews and created a greatly complimented 4-minute video that was presented in Humanity in Action on the 14th of January 2016 to parents, students and Ms. Inger Schaap, National Director of Humanity in Action Nederland. The video will still be shown to other potential sponsors, as the intention is to create a sustainable program for the future.
As Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”