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BCAF Launches its first Cultural Charitable Trust for Children’s Art Education in Rural China

“Gravity” 2021; image/巍studio Weibo
March 1st 2022 - According to the “Charity Law of the People's Republic of China”, and with approval from the Ministry of Civil Administration, Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation (BCAF), as trustee and funder, has set up The “Guang Xin Shan·BCAF Rural Art Education Charitable Trust” in collaboration with Everbright Trust.

BCAF will continue to provide sustainable and professional support to ensure diversity in children’s arts education in rural parts of China. This act enables BCAF’s mission of “Sharing Art and Culture Equally” to reach the public by providing art & culture programs with the following benefits:
  1. Open and transparent trust structure
  2. Multiple ways for donation
  3. Professional charity asset management

In the future, BCAF will broaden its collaboration with financial institutions and use financial instruments to better serve charity development. The collaborations will focus on but not limited to the following areas: family offices, cultural public venture capital, special public funds, public auction, public fundraising, joint public welfare products, professional committee construction, and media collaboration.

BCAF invites collaborators from different fields to improve charity fund efficiency and accuracy through the common will for a better future.

Students and teachers from Great South Slope Primary School, Xiuwu County, Henan Province, 2021; image/Qi Cun

A Brief History of BCAF’s Charity Art Education in Rural China since 2020:

At the Great South Slope, Xiuwu County, Henan Province, BCAF has worked with the Education and Sport Bureau of Xiuwu County,Zuo Jing Studio,Beijing Normal University School of Future Design,MUJI, ERDOS, Tencent Charity, TMall and other brands and organizations to provide 58 students from the Great South Slope Primary School creativity in education, self-exploration and self-expression since 2020. This program believes art education is not only about skills training but also about other ways to love and understand life.

Below is a list of programs that were carried out at the Art Education Program at Great South Slope Primary School since 2020:
  1. Liu Qingyuan Studio’s (The School of Transmedia, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts) 120-Day Seasonal Art Program
  2. 13-Day Art Summer Camp with Sui Jianguo Art Foundation and fellow artists.
  3. Curation of “My Own Film Festival” with 8 short films made by local students instructed by film director Huang Ji
  4. G-steps Studio’s 2-Day Hip-hop Camp
  5. The publish of “Meeting the Homeland through Painting”, an aesthetic reader made by various artists

Dozens of publications have reported on the Art Education Program at the Great South Slope Primary School, with a brief list below:
CGTN, LIFE LAB, Tecent Video, Fujian Radio and Television Network,  Henan Economic News, NYT for kids China, Wallpaper, Art Express, Artron, China Philanthropy Times, ARTDBL, China Development Brief

After two years of curating art education programs at the Great South Slope, BCAF conducted surveys in the local community to redesign future art programs.

Seasonal Art Program—“build a house”; image/ Great South Slope Spring Art Class

Trust Fund Distribution in 2022:

Upgrading School Space
With Zuo Jing Studio and other partners, we will redesign and upgrade the construction of the teaching building, playground and art classrooms of the Great South Slope Primary School, creating a safer and more artful learning space for children.

Birds-eye view of the Great South Slope Primary School’s playground; image/ Great South Slope Spring Art Class

Hip-hop Classes for Children
In collaboration with G-steps hip-hop studio, the fourth hip-hop dance workshop will be held at the Great South Slope Primary School to guide children in understanding themselves and the world through the rhythm of dance.

Hip-hop class; image/BCAF

Children's Art Book Making Program
Working together with artists from Shanghai Helin Art Promotion Institution, BCAF will carry out children's art book making programs at the Great South Slope Primary School to share the experience and skills of art book making with children.

Sample of art book based on rural China; image/ BCAF

Children's Summer Music Camp
During the summer holiday, musicians will be invited to the Great South Slope to hold a music camp, encouraging children to understand more about their surroundings through an exploration of sound and music.
Musician, Xiao He, and the children from Great South Slope at a local concert; image/Wang Yida

Children's Art Education Research Program
Teachers and students from the Great South Slope will be invited to Beijing, Shanghai, Xi ‘an, and other locations to carry out art education research programs with more stabilized pandemic conditions.

The sixth iSTART Children’s Art Festival; image/ A4 Art Museum

Rural Art Education Alliance
BCAF will develop a local long-term art education residency program with professional art education partners.

Rural Art Education Teacher Training Program
BCAF will recruit potential art teachers in rural areas, and support them with appropriate training resources.

BCAF sincerely invites you to join us in the 2022 Rural Art Education projects!

BCAF’s Rural Art Education Charity Trust Fund uses financial methods to make social resources available, support the long-term growth of the rural art education projects, and make these developments accessible to a wider audience.

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