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Children’s Art Museum of Nepal (CAMON), also known as Nepal Children's Art Museum (NCAM), is a creative space designed for children and youth. Its objective is to bring literacy through art to children and empower the youth. It is located in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was established in the year 2014.

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Children's Art Museum of Nepal
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Exhibition Room
Motto Bring literacy through art and empower youth of Nepal.
Established June 18, 2014 (2014-06-18)
Founder Sneha Shrestha
Type Art Museum
Location
Program Coordinator
Pranjali Singh
Website http://www.nepalcam.com
Formerly called
Nepal Children's Art Museum (NCAM)

Location

It is located northeast of the Durbar Marg street, in Kathmandu. The foundation is situated at the top of a 5-storeyed commercial building in the heart of Kathmandu.

Founder of Children's Art Museum of Nepal

The Founder-president Sneha Shrestha, a graduate of Gettysburg College with a major in studio art and globalization studies, was awarded an Advanced Leaders Fellowship from World Learning. After graduation, she moved to Boston and was hired at Artists for Humanity as the Mentoring Artist in Painting and Education Coordinator. Shrestha’s grant required a time frame of six months, however, she changed her original plan of renting a space into building a permanent one, making her project sustain longer. As part of the fellowship, her social innovation project was CAMON which aims to "encourage children's appreciation of their culture and promotes self-expression through hands-on art experience".

Mission

  • To establish itself as an institution and resource for art and education in Nepal.
  • To provide children and youth with creative and educational outlets for expressing themselves.
  • To include art as part of children’s education in schools.

Interior Design

The art museum houses two rooms, the Exhibition Room and the Education Room, inside a 1,200 sq. foot rooftop space. The Exhibition Room displays art that were produced in regularly scheduled museum workshops by Nepali students. It also displays art by local artists, international collaborators. The space is used as a miniature art gallery as well as an impromptu workshop. The Education Room houses a mini library and serves as the center of activity or the creativity lab. The room also includes a workshop stocked with art supplies. The rooftop has been crafted into a small living space, called the “Cloud” and is used for artist residency.

Programs/ Activities

According to CAMON's Program Coordinator Pranjali Singh, children explore without direction however, "most activities tackle specific social issues". Starting 2013, even before the official establishment of the museum, Shrestha and her team conducted various activities under CAMON’s Community Outreach Program which started in June. Programs include an alphabet workshop where kids are taught to learn and appreciate the uniqueness of the Nepali alphabet, winter art camp and a “Wall of Hope” mural for the Half the Sky Film and Art Festival organized by Human Rights Film Focus Nepal in November. Moreover, the CAM team also known as the CAM crew carried out multitude of creative murals throughout Kathmandu. The volunteers also organized a hand-washing awareness day which involved school-children making a mural at school.

Funds/ Grants

The museum is majorly funded by its Indiegogo campaign which raised $5,795 of its $9,200 goal by the end of October 7, 2013. It is partially funded by a $10, 000 grant received by the founder from the Advanced Leaders Fellowship.

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