Supporting Amity with Art in Turkey
August 1, 2015
Agency: Mercy Corps
This project connects both Syrian refugee youths and Turkish youths to enhance life skills through art. The participants of the program will create their own individual paintings. They will then decide together which elements to use and will create two murals within the community under the guidance of 2 artists, one Syrian and one Turkish. The murals will be painted on the Mercy Corp’s community center as well as another local building in the area. The murals will then be put on display to the public and photographs will be shared through local media reports.
The participants will also take part in life skills classes which focus on building self-esteem and community, managing emotions, understanding sex/gender and gender based violence as well as many others.
Through this project Mercy Corp will increase cross-cultural understanding between the refugees and the host-country participants. It also allows a medium for children to work out their anxieties, talk about their worries and what is important to them and to express themselves.
According to the latest figures 2 million Syrians have fled to Turkey, more than any other country. More than 50% of all Syrian refugees are children 1 in 3 being between the ages of 12-18.