Little Lotus Project 2011

THE BACKGROUND

SpinningTop’s Little Lotus Project 2011 is the follow up to the 2010 Little Lotus Project, which saw four NZ artists and volunteers, Tanja Jade (aka Misery), Peap Tarr, Alex Chalmers and Pat Shepherd travel to the Thai/Burma border in November 2010 to work on art projects with refugee and migrant children from Burma.

 

THE PROJECT

The charity SpinningTop is launching the Little Lotus Project 2011 this December and taking 14 talented artists from across the globe to the Thai/Burma border to work with and inspire refugee and migrant children who have fled from the instability of Burma. Filmmaker Gareth Moon from Nektar Films, who has worked on projects such as Bacardi Brazil OE, Fly My Pretties, Shapeshifter and more, will be documenting the project along with filmmaker Daniel Zana from New York. Videos will be produced and distributed across various media channels to further promote the project.

These ten talented artists are funding their own way to the Thai/Burma border for this year’s project after being inspired to get involved after the success of the first Little Lotus Project. They are a talented international crew from New Zealand, Cambodia, Singapore and the US. You can admire them below.

 

THE ART

During this trip the artists will work together with the children of Sky Blue School and SAW School for two weeks where they will undertake a number of youth development and education projects with an artistic focus, including murals based around the alphabet. Each school will celebrate the completion of their mural with a paint party where the artists and children will collaborate on a huge canvas that will be cut up into smaller works and auctioned off in New Zealand and LA at post trip fundraising exhibitions.

 

THE MUSIC

This project also has a musical element to it, as the children will be recording sound samples and vocals with music engineer Leon Dalton from College Hill Productions. These recordings will be provided to musicians based in New Zealand and the USA where they will be sampled and songs will be created and collated into an online fundraising album. All profits from this digital album will go towards the charity SpinningTop. The album provides a very exciting opportunity for New Zealand musicians to reach a huge US market through the worldwide availability and promo of the album.

 

THE CHARITY

SpinningTop works hard to bring balance to the lives of vulnerable children living in poverty. Creative charity projects like these help them to raise awareness and funds to continue supporting the ongoing education and health of children who need it the most. These funds are invested in long-term sustainable charity projects, which means that your investment doesn’t just provide food or support until the money runs out, it means your investment is integral building things like sustainable gardens so the food continues to grow without sponsorship. You can read more about the work SpinningTop do here.

If you would like to show your support towards the children SpinningTop supports, you can donate by clicking here.

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