SAALY is an educational outreach program that strives to build bridges between the U.S and South Asia via art classes and cultural exchanges in low income schools. This program was authored by an educational veteran, the late Cheryl Maletta Trujillo, may she rest in peace.
The global budget crisis led to cutbacks in school art programs all over the world. Geared to tackle this problem head on, Zanbeel launched SAALY in October 2011 with its pilot at 112th St. Elementary School in Watts, South LA. As an underprivileged school district, many students at this elementary school hadn't yet had the opportunity to take art classes and knew virtually nothing about the South Asian region.
The purpose of these classes is to encourage intellectual transformations by expanding the students' understanding of culture, encouraging them to become citizens of the world. Activities are focused on developing skills needed to live and work effectively in culturally and politically diverse societies.
The program connects students in Karachi, Pakistan and Los Angeles, California, through the exchange of arts and crafts made during workshops in each country. Students learn about each others' culture, foods, geography, and language.
Zanbeel handpicks accomplished artists to teach classes during a series of sessions ranging from one day events to multi-week programs focusing on Grade 5 elementary schoolers.
Our artists and teachers utilize creative tools including visual projections, maps, cultural materials and art supplies to help the students build essential critical thinking skills and an ability to see the world from a new perspective. Teachers work closely with students to help transform negative thoughts and assumptions they may have about South Asia into a deeper understanding, empathy, and mutual respect for the region and its people.
Each class closely follows Los Angeles public school guidelines in areas such as Social Studies and Geography, incorporating K-12 education standards since 2013.
How is bread an important part of life? How long has it been around? Is bread a part of every culture? What culture eats the most bread?
Workshop will feature a master chef to guide students through various bread making techniques.
What is Proofing? What is Kneading? How is fermentation a part of bread making?
Bread has been part of human history for centuries. It plays an integral role in our daily life and is a symbol of culture, history, hunger, wealth, war, and peace.
March 25, 2013: Los Angeles students make collages of their favorite place, food and sport, and the collages are sent to students in Pakistan.
May 22, 2014: Pakistani students receive collages of Los Angeles students.
Los Angeles students are shown photographs of students in Pakistan viewing the collages.
Artist Dario drawing and writing about what we can do to change the world, one puzzle piece at a time.
"Each individual person and idea is important." The singular puzzle piece symbolizes the individual.
"A better world is achievable through peaceful and creative collaboration, symbolized by the mural as a whole."
"I believe we have a lot to learn from our children. We found them giving brilliantly simple, profound and uplifting responses."
Using an environmental approach to art, we give found objects a second life.
Students use materials such as plastic water bottles and cardboard, which are sustainable and accessible.
Planting seeds of species that are local to California and South Asia
Locating regions of South Asia where similar plants to California can be found.
Learning essential skills of horticulture methods, including sowing seeds, seed germination, and plant identification.
Thinking through the history, significance and origin of palm trees through drawing.
Art teacher guiding students through various drawing techniques.
Studying and replicating the palm trees in our local biome of Los Angeles, California.
Each unique work takes on a life of its own, as an expression and interpretation of the artist.
Deforestation rates in Southeast Asia are among the highest in tropics, making it difficult for birds and many other animals to have a home.
Drawings included tigers, elephants, rhinos, orangutans, leopards, tapir, banteng, dholes, and more.
Students learn that Siamese crocodiles are critically endangered. Once widespread across a variety of wetland habitats in Southeast Asia, this species has now disappeared from 99% of its former range.
Studying the work of calligraphy artists and learning about different styles.
Exchanging knowledge during a focused session of calligraphy.
Each student wrote their name in Arabic and expressed their own style.