Culture (Ta’bir)

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Culture (Ta’bir)

Taawon understands that without preserving Palestine’s identity and cultural heritage, it would be difficult to ensure the overall survival and sustainable development of Palestine. Enriching the human experience through connecting to previous generations of Palestinian narratives, discourse, literature, music, dance, theater, and visual art is essential to promote healthy and sustainable communities (SDG 11)that work to promote healthy and sustainable communities that work together to support one another.

Palestinians face traumatic experiences on a daily basis. In light of occupation and dispossession. Palestinians’ local identity and heritage are also continuously under threat. Our founders instinctively knew that without preserving Palestine’s identity and cultural heritage, it would be difficult to ensure the overall survival and sustainable development of Palestine.

Ta’bir (Culture), the Culture Program focuses on drama, music, and creative writing to counters the current situation by encouraging Palestinians to freely express themselves through art. The Culture Program fulfills two main objectives:

  • Furthering Palestine’s indigenous culture and identity through local world-class artistic productions and,
  • Offering children and youth with therapeutic mediums of artistic self-expression.
     

Ta’bir’s activities include:

  • Supporting the creation of high quality Palestinian cultural and artistic productions.
  • Integrating cultural production and creativity into the educational process through:
    • Training educators and students on various skills including drama, music, art, puppet-making, and photography and,
    • Training educators and students on creating animations and animation movies; establishing animation studios at schools.
  • Networking between the stakeholders concerned with arts and culture and offering channels for their collaboration.

 

Increasing Awareness about the Palestinian identity

2016 achievements

  • In the “Art of Work” seminar, trainees in the 1948 Areas learned how to fundraise, advertise, and bring their products to the market.
  • Increased awareness of Palestinian issues through “connect Palestine,” a project designed to educate US citizens, academics, journalists, lawyers, etc., about injustice in Palestine and provide oppotunities for them to gain first-hand experience in Palestine through meeting and interacting with people from the various strata of Palestinian society.
  • Participated in the “Palest’In and Out festival,” which toured cities throughout Palestine and featured upcoming and renowned artists working to change the usual clichés about Palestinian culture and highlight a more contemporary interpretation of Palestine.
  • Taught 270 children from Beirut how to play instruments in the “music therapy” project, which aims to provide psychotherapy to young children through music.
  • Held a summer camp in Beirut for 55 children, providing intensive music lessons. Many cases have been recorded on the improvement of the mental well-being of the participating children.

 

Libraries: A gateway for empowering local communities.

During the 2014 assault on the Gaza Strip, a young girl asked her mother “where do birdies go during war?” Her mother sent the question to the library in Beit Furik in the West Bank, where a group of children chose to answer the question in a short film called “The Little Birdie Girl.” Fikri, one of the children working on the film, Said, “We want to show the world how children live during wars and that animals and birds are affected by wars too.”

2016 Achievements

  •  Modernized 40 libraries in Palestine and 7 libraries in Lebanon with multimedia and digital equipment, through funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  •  Increased the number of visitors to libraries by 30% in the first year, with an expected 100% increase by the end of the project.
  •  Hosted 22 trainings and 260 community social activities.

 

 

Testimonies

“The visual arts writing course taught me a new language for discussing all that is seen disassembling symbols, understanding their contexts, deciphering their historical and sensory meanings. The intellectual references of the course enriched the writing process and gave the course a dimension often missing from the Palestinian cultural scene, which often shies away from interpretations.”                         Maged Kiyyal, the Artistic Works Project, the 1948 Areas, Acre
Visual arts writing course
As a program officer for a grant-funded initiative deployed by Welfare Association, I have had the great pleasure of working with the Cultural Programs team at WA. The team continues to impress and inspire me with the progress they make despite working in some of the world’s most challenging environments. The team brings a true vision of what they want to accomplish, and the intelligence, creativity and commitment to put those plans into action. If you want to support sustainable community development in Palestine, Welfare Association is the organization to work with.
Zola Maddison, Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
"The creativity and passion of Ahmed for creating animations unraveled before my eyes during our training sessions. He began working from home and produced his own movie called “Abu El Arabi.”. “Abu El Arabi” embodies his feelings about the repetitive raids of the occupation forces against Al-Jalazoun refugee camp. Ahmed’s excellent production led to his recruitment  as a trainer at Al Qattan Foundation.” 
Mr. Nasser, Ta’bir Trained Educator, Jazloun School

Success Stories

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