The "Engineers" of our EWB team welcome the participation of the Hartford Art School to help provide long-term and sustainable solutions that respect the cultural, social, and political structure that has been established in the village through its long and proud history. The goal of this project is to create visual messages (without words) that communicate the values of cleanliness, respect, and sharing. The Art School students will have the challenge of developing graphics that the villagers will recognize (Indian images as opposed to Western images) and to make them as universal as possible so that all age groups and genders in the village can relate to them.
With your help, we would like to have at least two of the art students travel to Abheypur and paint a mural on the school building wall, present the village with posters that could be placed in strategic locations throughout the village, and give all the children a notebook with the cover illustrating these important messages.
As a more advanced project, a video clip will be developed that uses same language subtitles that also conveys the message of cleanliness, respect, and sharing. The same language subtitle video has the added benefit of helping to improve literacy. The same language subtitles video clip is inspired by a fellow Indian researcher, who created www.bookbox.com. Please click here for an example of this technique to increase literacy rates.