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Mobile Library: Jefferson Center

We are thrilled to be hosted by our final location in Mandalay – the Jefferson Center. The center is a US-funded educational and cultural library located in the heart of Mandalay, facing the palace of the last King of Burma. We chose this location based on its outreach to young people from all over the region. Not only does it provide books, but also language training, debates, scholarship information, test-taking courses, and debates on politics, human rights and democracy.

We opened on Saturday, March 14 where we were greeted by over 50 students, professionals, artists and our volunteers. The director of the center, Saw Kyin Sein, welcomed us and asked everyone to join in sharing and discussing the books in the coming weeks.

Michelle Wong from Asia Art Archive will be joining us next week in our two-day programme with the theme Art and Politics. Michelle will discuss her own research and work at AAA on the Hong Kong Art History project, and artist Htein Lin will join us in Mandalay to present on his own experiences as an artist and the ways in which he values political messages, in both his life and his art.

Our invitation will be released shortly. Hope you all can join us there!

Mobile Library: Mandalay University of Art and Culture

We’ve had a very exciting run during our Mobile Library: MUAC edition. Over 200 students attend the university, and have clearly enjoyed using the books as reference materials and volunteering to take care of the library and introduce classmates to its contents. The Rector of the University as well as the professors have been generous in their time and efforts to promote our library amongst students.

Nathalie Johnston presented on career opportunities in the arts, and included fundraising, proposal writing, exhibition planning and curating, as well as options in design, architecture, and education. Students were very responsive, with great ideas and insight into what’s possible for them after their schooling.

MUAC focuses its students on 4 main Arts subjects: sculpture, painting, music and dramatic arts. Facilities are few and an emphasis is placed on traditional forms of the arts. However, the school is eager to reach into the contemporary scene and bring more practicing artists into their curriculum studies.

Mobile Library is sponsored by Foundation for the Arts Initiative and Mr. and Mrs. Serge Pun.

Art Education Workshop with Cho Cho Aung

Cho Cho Aung, art teacher and artist at Panthu Sandar Art Centre, joined us today at Alin Dagar for the first of a 2 day workshop on art education, where she shared not only her experiences in teaching art, but also her students’ experiences – through a display of their art work.

Cho Cho Aung began teaching in 1978. She mentioned that for 10 years, her method was to teach basic drawing, line, and 2D design. She later realized the limitations of these methods, encouraged by the fact that her own father, U Aung Khin – a prominent artist in Mandalay – told her that her own teaching influences children in such a way that they are merely imitating, not learning to create something new and all their own.

From then on, she opened up her methods, teaching free drawing and being careful not to focus on color theory, value or perspective but rather allow the students to reveal their own methods of approaching these basic structures of drawing and painting. By and large, she found that children develop their own sense of these methods on their own and the results have been very powerful.

When she saw the Emotional Learning Cards – part of the Mobile Library Collection – she felt she had again learned something new about teaching. Despite 60 years as an artist and 45 years of art teaching, she still seeks new ways to approach art education and method.

One workshop participant, Sayar Sam Kat, teaches at a monastery that works with disabled children and young people from conflict zones and IDP camps in the country. He mentioned that much of his students artwork conveys obviously deep emotional trauma or questions, but he does not know how to approach the children or help them to explain their drawings. Cho Cho Aung’s suggested documenting the work and/or hosting an exhibition to better understand what the children are experiencing through expression.

Tomorrow, Cho Cho Aung will return for a second day of teacher workshops.

Mobile Library is sponsored by Foundation for the Arts Initiative and Mr. and Mrs. Serge Pun.

A very successful beginning to our Mobile Library: Myanmar project in Mandalay! We opened on 16 January at Dreamland Guest House/Alin Dagar Art School to a large  and enthusiastic crowd of professionals, artists, teachers, and students. More photos and information about programming can be found on our Burmese language Facebook Page. Click Here.

Mobile Library is sponsored by Foundation for the Arts Initiative and Mr. and Mrs. Serge Pun.

Mobile Library: Digital Archiving Workshop

Many thanks to Elaine Lin of Asia Art Archive for hosting our Digital Archiving Workshop at the newly opened Deitta Documentary Space in downtown Yangon. Elaine joined Asia Art Archive in 2012, and is now the Library and Collections Coordinator. She has participated¬† in and overseen various archival projects, including The Chabet Archive, Salon Natasha Archive, and Kwok Mangho Frog King Archive, and has also contributed to the writing of policies and procedure manuals for AAA’s collections.

Digitizing these collections was no small feat, as we as workshop participants soon learned. It was not only a fascinating insight into why we archive and the significance of such an act, but what we choose to include and leave out, how we rediscover details through images, and how we then categorize these details into metadata, which can then be accessed by a large community.

The workshop also included a demonstration on scanning and data entry.

Mobile Library is sponsored by Foundation for the Arts Initiative and Mr. and Mrs. Serge Pun.

Mobile Library: New Zero

When we first began to discuss the Mobile Library Project at MARCA, there was no doubt in our minds that New Zero Art Space was an organization we would like to partner with – because they are the original archive and library in Yangon. They support arts and education, exhibitions, residency programs and international exchange all in one space. The founder Aye Ko and the innumerable volunteers and collaborators that have made their work possible inspire all over Myanmar and the world. They are the heart and soul of what art education can and should be in Myanmar.

We wanted the books of the Mobile Library to speak to New Zero’s own library, and curator Haymann Oo and Aye Ko, along with Ko Latt and Yadanar, were very happy to help us make that possible. They interpreted the Mobile Library with fresh perspective, and instead of focusing on the archival aspects of it, or the contemporaneity of the subject, they brought the focus back to the words, the books themselves, and the tradition of literature, poetry and reading in Myanmar.

See Interviews and Opening on Kamayut Media Channel (Burmese Only)

Famous Myanmar poets have used the space to create live poetry performances, talks on the importance of books and knowledge, and how artists can use that knowledge to grow creatively. Poetry is an indelible part of the creative landscape of Myanmar and New Zero brought that fact to light while hosting the ML in their space.

Mobile Library is sponsored by Foundation for the Arts Initiative and Mr. and Mrs. Serge Pun.

Poetry Reading at NEW ZERO:

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