September 5, 2011

Lumad artists help in healing of crisis victims

After the government addresses the economic needs of victims of calamities and war, artists come in next.

Why? It is through the artist and their art that victims experience psychosocial healing.

Recently the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) held the 12th Artists for Crisis (A4C) in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte. The seminar was part of a series that started two years ago.

The A4C is a quick-response program to aid in the psychosocial healing of communities ravaged by war and natural or man-made calamities in the country. The emphasis of A4C is on women and children in the community.

The workshop completed the third group of artists, the Lumads.

The Lumads, defined in Cebuano as “a rising out of the earth,” consist of artists from different indigenous groups all over the Philippines—from Kalinga, Bontoc, Kankana-ey, Ifugao, Talaandig, T’Boli, B’laan, Bisaya, Banawaon, Aeta, Subanen, Matigsalug, Mangyan, Tagabawa, Ati and Manobo. Continue reading...

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