Little Lotus offers healing and hope through art
By Esther Goh & Siobhan Leathley,
Twelve talented artists from around New Zealand and the globe are heading to Asia on their own dime to work with refugees and migrants on the Thai/ Burma border on creative projects.
The Little Lotus Project is an initiative of New Zealand-based children’s charity and follows on from the 2010 precursor, which saw four Kiwis – Tanja Jade (aka Misery), Peap Tarr, Alex Chalmers and Pat Shepherd – travel to the area.
Organisers say access to education and art supplies is a luxury for these children and all funds raised from Little Lotus will go towards their ongoing welfare and education.
The project links each artist with a child, 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.
Children are also encouraged to explore the musical element of the project, recording sound samples and vocals. New Zealand and US artists will then create songs based on these, which will be collated onto a digital fundraising album. All profits raised from this will go to Spinning Top.
Already on board for the music component are Tiki Taane, Flash Harry, Benny Tones, Taay Ninh, DJ Babu and Generation Wave.
The artists – including Auckland-based Meghan Geliza, Singapore-based Sheryo, LA-based Ritzy Periwinkle and Cambodia-based Peap – are paying for travel out of their own pockets.
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 US filmmaker, Daniel Zana, who was behind the movie The Vinyl Frontier. Videos will be produced and distributed across various media channels to further promote the initiative.