While art for art's sake provides immense value for its purposes, art can send a much more meaningful message when the artists themselves wield their latent talents towards the greater good. Taverne Gutenberg, an art center created by French-Filipina Maïa d’Aboville and French painter Henri Lamy, is pushing the boundaries of art through exciting collaborations with like-minded artists. Armed with the belief that harnessing the imagination and experience of those whose lives they hope to change, they aim to use art's power to effect positive social and cultural transformations that will benefit communities.
Their artist residency, Ugnayan Sa Poblacion, brought four international artists from Lyon, France to the Philippines for an intensive seven-week art residency program where they hold free art workshhops for over 200 children from various NGOs. For their collaboration with the children of Stairway Foundation, the artists conducted a beach clean-up in the shores of Puerto Galera where the debris they collected were transformed into unique art pieces.
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