The Rural Fellowship

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The Youth Arts, Community and Transformation rural fellowship aims to connect the youth with the existing craft traditions of India, where they build a shared understanding, become a part of the process of creation and inspire change in the lives of the artists.

This collaborative programme provides selected fellows the opportunity to travel to craft clusters, be a part of the artists’ daily lives and assist capacity building across disciplines.

During their two weeks stay and interaction with the artists, the fellows are expected to

  • Assist the artists to innovate and come up with new designs with functional aspects
  • Assist the artists technologically – training them to use computer, digital camera,
  • internet and social media in their regional language
  • Provide marketing assistance by connecting the artists to markets that are yet
  • unexplored by them or arranging for exhibits of the artist’s work across the country
  • Conduct a needs assessment for the clusters
  • Document the programme

In this cross-flow of ideas and inspired learning, the fellows discover their own self, strengths, aspirations and help artisans get better opportunities.

This interactive, training programme includes one week training in New Delhi, a two weeks rural outreach, and an exhibit.

Applications for YouthACT Rural Fellowship 2014 are now CLOSED.

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Ranjana Sengupta

Ranjana Sengupta

Fellow, & Delhi University Student

“My time in Orissa was one of the best experiences of my life. It was a different way of life of us and everyone was extremely welcoming and warm. Plus we got the opportunity to witness the amazing work that the coir artists do and work along with them. I feel privileged to have been a part of this fellowship!”

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