ARTS & CULTURE IN ASIA

ARTS & CULTURE IN AFGHANISTAN


Aid Afghanistan for Education's (AAE)

Aid is dedicated to empowering Afghans and rehabilitating the education system in Afghanistan. AAE's mission is to unlock the potential of young marginalized Afghans through education as a means to prepare them to fully participate in the society. Their focus is to provide primary and secondary education for marginalized Afghans, deprived of education during the years of war or those that do not have access to formal education. Based on an agreement with the Ministry of Education (MoE), AAE provides the students with a high school diploma. AAE is the only NGO providing high school diplomas and a comprehensive accelerated education program for deprived population. Since 2007, 832 students have graduated from AAE schools. 


AFGHAN INSTITUTE OF LEARNING (AIL)

The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) was founded by Dr. Sakena Yacoobi in 1995. Since then, AIL has reached over 11 million Afghans through their education, health, and training programs. AIL considers education to be the key to Afghanistan’s future; and thus, works to expand opportunities by fostering self-reliance and community participation. Because of the programs, graduates are now leaders in their communities, members of parliament, and social and business entrepreneurs. To learn more, click here.

ARTS & CULTURE IN CAMBODIA


Pour un Sourire d'Enfant (PSE)

Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE), or, For A Child’s Smile, started operating in 1995 as a non-profit organization dedicated to raising Cambodian children out of poverty. The organization was established by two French nationals who witnessed hundreds of children collecting trash, day and night, under dreadful hygiene conditions on Phnom Penh’s main dumpsite. When those children came “home” – often a bare piece of tarp held by four bamboo poles - they were abused by violent parents who had grown up under the terrible Khmer Rouge regime of Pol Pot. To learn more, click here.


 

Pour un Sourire d'Enfant (PSE)

Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE), or, For A Child’s Smile, started operating in 1995 as a non-profit organization dedicated to raising Cambodian children out of poverty. The organization was established by two French nationals who witnessed hundreds of children collecting trash, day and night, under dreadful hygiene conditions on Phnom Penh’s main dumpsite. When those children came “home” – often a bare piece of tarp held by four bamboo poles - they were abused by violent parents who had grown up under the terrible Khmer Rouge regime of Pol Pot. To learn more, click here.

 

ARTS & CULTURE IN CHINA


Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO)

Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) serves as a platform for highlighting Asia's brightest young musicians on a global arena, and exposes them to rich and varied artistic experiences through opportunities for exchange, study and performance. AYO holds a tuition free summer program designed to generate pride and confidence among Asian musicians in Asia. Members are among the finest pre-professional musicians in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Since its inaugural concerts in 1990, the award-winning Asian Youth Orchestra has played some 307 concerts in Asia, Europe, the US and Australia to an audience of more than one million concertgoers. To learn more, click here.


Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center

Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center was established in 1998 and registered with Beijing Bureau of Civil Affairs. It aims to protect Chinese cultural heritage by delivering trainings and lectures to arouse national public awareness of cultural heritage protection in China. Culture Heritage Protection Center runs a hotline for inquiries, provides consulting for legislators and government agencies, releases e-letters, and implements various projects such as Dai ethnic culture documents. To learn more, click here.

ARTS & CULTURE IN HONG KONG


ASIAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA (AYO)

Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) serves as a platform for highlighting Asia's brightest young musicians on a global arena, and exposes them to rich and varied artistic experiences through opportunities for exchange, study and performance. AYO holds a tuition free summer program designed to generate pride and confidence among Asian musicians in Asia. Members are among the finest pre-professional musicians in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Since its inaugural concerts in 1990, the award-winning Asian Youth Orchestra has played some 307 concerts in Asia, Europe, the US and Australia to an audience of more than one million concertgoers. To learn more, click here.

ARTS & CULTURE IN INDIA


 

The Fabindia School (Bhadrajun Artisans Trust)

William and John Bissell set up the Bhadrajun Artisans Trust (BAT) to build social development programs with a focus on education and crafts. The charity established the first "The Fabindia School" in 1992 in Bali, which is in the Pali district of Rajasthan. The first school served as a co-educational, K-12 school with near 50% girls. The Fabindia School is committed to providing access to high quality education in rural India. The charity views education as a major stepping stone towards social mobility, equality, and employment opportunities. Since inception, the school has been encouraging education for girls in a culture where most parents who can afford an English medium school would send only their sons. To learn more, click here.

 


 

Family of Disabled

Family of Disabled has been serving people with disabilities since 1992. One of its prime objectives is to make people with disabilities self-reliant through economic independence. With this aim, FOD helps poor disabled people in starting/expanding petty trades by providing them fiscal and emotional support. It also promotes disabled artists and artisans from different parts of India so that they earn a livelihood on their own. To learn more, click here.

 


 

Sai Maa Vishnu Shakti Trust

Sai Maa Vishnu Shakti Trust (SMVST) is a registered, non-profit, charitable organization operating from Varanasi, India since 2007. The core focus of the trust is providing sustainable humanitarian support to Indian communities, especially in the traditional state of Uttar Pradesh.  The trust currently sponsors 3 ongoing projects as well as supporting emergency situations.  The Sai Maa Women’s Empowerment Project, the Just One Hunger Initiative and the Sai Maa Cataract Surgery programs each provide access to otherwise unavailable services, opening new possibilities for members of the marginalized communities served. To learn more, click here.

 


 

Unnati

Sree Guruvayurappan Bhajan Samaj Trust, also known as Unnati, is a vocational training and transformation program that helps underprivileged youth secure stable employment in India. Unnati is a 50-day vocational training program offered at a subsidized rate to the underprivileged, undereducated, and unemployed youth. Unnati enables inclusive growth by empowering families below the poverty line. The three basic principles on which Unnati was founded are: 1) If they train someone, they must be able to get them a job; 2) They must enable youth to be responsible citizens and to be a part of an inclusive society; and, 3) They must train youth to be agents of change in their communities. To learn more, click here.

 

ARTS & CULTURE IN INDONESIA


 

Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO)

Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) serves as a platform for highlighting Asia's brightest young musicians on a global arena, and exposes them to rich and varied artistic experiences through opportunities for exchange, study and performance. AYO holds a tuition free summer program designed to generate pride and confidence among Asian musicians in Asia. Members are among the finest pre-professional musicians in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Since its inaugural concerts in 1990, the award-winning Asian Youth Orchestra has played some 307 concerts in Asia, Europe, the US and Australia to an audience of more than one million concertgoers. To learn more, click here.

 


 

Caring and Living as Neighbors (CLAN)

CLAN helps children living with chronic conditions in resource poor countries such as Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia and Pakistan enjoy the highest quality of life possible. It achieves this by identifying groups of children with the same chronic conditions as belonging to the same community, and then empowering these communities through a strategic framework for action (The 5 Pillars): Optimizing affordability/availability of medications, educating patients, families, health care workers, government bodies, policy makers, all communities and participation in and support of research, optimizing health management, encouraging family support groups and assisting in reducing the financial burden of chronic conditions that lead to poverty. To learn more, click here.

 


The Lontar Foundation

The Lontar Foundation, a not-for-profit organization based in Jakarta, Indonesia, was founded in 1987 for the purpose of promoting greater appreciation of Indonesian culture.Its goals are reflected in the output of its two major activities divisions: Publications and Research &Documentation. Since Lontar was founded, its Publications Division has produced more than 100 books on Indonesian language, literature, and culture. Its Research & Documentation Division had produced 24 documentary films on Indonesian writers, and 32 performance videos on Indonesian oral traditions. To learn more, click here.


Photovoices International

Photovoices International empowers people through photography by providing cameras and photography training for people to document important issues in their lives including the environment and traditional culture. Through Photovoices - part documentary, part art, part storytelling - people gain a visual voice at the table and a way to communicate local knowledge and concern to government, NGOs and others making plans for the future. To learn more, click here.


Yayasan Losari

Yayasan Losari is an independent non-profit foundation based in Indonesia. This Fund supports community and women empowerment programs in Losari Village and Gemawang Village in Central Java, involving the production of Batik with natural dyes. Batik, a cloth that is traditionally made using a manual wax-resist dyeing technique, has become a prominent national product in Indonesia during the last few decades. It has expanded in style and color, as well as spreading to markets across the globe.

The discovery of natural indigo dye in the area surrounding the Losari village  in Central Java helped start the Batik female empowerment programs in Losari. The programs are based on the concept of social company, where the initiation, production, and marketing has all been carried out together, helping empower the local society’s economy, while taking into account the environment and the preservation of local culture. The training programs provided to women enabled them to start small businesses and marketing and exhibitions has led to the spread of Losari’s Batik industry throughout the larger society. To learn more, click here.

ARTS & CULTURE IN JAPAN


 

Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO)

Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) serves as a platform for highlighting Asia's brightest young musicians on a global arena, and exposes them to rich and varied artistic experiences through opportunities for exchange, study and performance. AYO holds a tuition free summer program designed to generate pride and confidence among Asian musicians in Asia. Members are among the finest pre-professional musicians in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Since its inaugural concerts in 1990, the award-winning Asian Youth Orchestra has played some 307 concerts in Asia, Europe, the US and Australia to an audience of more than one million concertgoers. To learn more, click here.


Foundation for Cultural Heritage and Art Research


Since established in 1988, the Foundation has been granting to the activities of preserving and/or utilizing the cultural heritage and properties which exist not only in Japan but also in the countries along the Silk Road. On top of that, it has been financially supporting the research and the study in the fields of arts. Many of our cultural heritages and properties in Japan are suffering or under the risk of deterioration, natural disaster and man-made disaster. We, the foundation, have been promoting "The Red Cross Spirit for Cultural Heritage" which was named and advocated by late Prof. Ikuo Hirayama, an ex-UNESCO's Goodwill Ambassador, a painter and former president of the Tokyo University of the Arts, for the purpose of protecting those precious cultural heritage and properties created by the people no matter what their races, religions and countries were. We think Japan should take initiative because, she had rose through the historical cultural exchange between the East and the West through the Silk Road. To learn more, click here.

ARTS & CULTURE IN KOREA


 

Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO)

Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) serves as a platform for highlighting Asia's brightest young musicians on a global arena, and exposes them to rich and varied artistic experiences through opportunities for exchange, study and performance. AYO holds a tuition free summer program designed to generate pride and confidence among Asian musicians in Asia. Members are among the finest pre-professional musicians in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Since its inaugural concerts in 1990, the award-winning Asian Youth Orchestra has played some 307 concerts in Asia, Europe, the US and Australia to an audience of more than one million concertgoers. To learn more, click here.



The KoRoot Fund

The KoRoot fund supports KoRoot, a guest house for internationally adopted adults who have returned to Korea. Adopted adults and their guests enjoy low-cost accommodations, western breakfasts, and Korean lunches in Seoul’s historic center. Conveniently located near palaces, museums, a traditional food market, and a traditional arts and crafts street, KoRoot is a vibrant community space for adopted people, single mothers and their children, families of origin, and their allies. To learn more, click here.

ARTS & CULTURE IN MALAYSIA


 

Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO)

Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) serves as a platform for highlighting Asia's brightest young musicians on a global arena, and exposes them to rich and varied artistic experiences through opportunities for exchange, study and performance. AYO holds a tuition free summer program designed to generate pride and confidence among Asian musicians in Asia. Members are among the finest pre-professional musicians in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Since its inaugural concerts in 1990, the award-winning Asian Youth Orchestra has played some 307 concerts in Asia, Europe, the US and Australia to an audience of more than one million concertgoers. To learn more, click here.

 

ARTS & CULTURE IN NEPAL


Early Childhood Development Center

ECDC is a non-profit organization in Kathmandu, Nepal that works to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children of incarcerated parents in Nepal. Established in 2005, ECDC has served over 100 children in the past 7 years through a residential home and kindergarten program. Children live at ECDC instead of living in prison with their incarcerated parents and are enrolled in schools to provide opportunities for their futures. To learn more, click here.

ARTS & CULTURE IN PAKISTAN


Caring and Living as Neighbors (CLAN)

CLAN helps children living with chronic conditions in resource poor countries such as Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia and Pakistan enjoy the highest quality of life possible. It achieves this by identifying groups of children with the same chronic conditions as belonging to the same community, and then empowering these communities through a strategic framework for action (The 5 Pillars): Optimizing affordability/availability of medications, educating patients, families, health care workers, government bodies, policy makers, all communities and participation in and support of research, optimizing health management, encouraging family support groups and assisting in reducing the financial burden of chronic conditions that lead to poverty. To learn more, click here.


Bright Star Mobile Library

Bright Star Mobile Library (BSML) is a not-for-profit Trust registered in Islamabad, Pakistan. The mission of the Mobile Library is to create love for reading and enhance global awareness amongst the young. The BSML has embarked on achieving its mission by providing access to excellent quality books to elementary grades children of those schools that have no libraries for their students. The first five years of elementary education are the most formative years when the young learn to read. The books selected by the BSML to attract children to reading are those that fascinate, entertain and inform them. These books evoke their curiosity and imagination and help them in developing questioning minds. It is at this stage of learning that the young learn through books about the beauty and diversity of the world around them that helps them to grow up into knowledgeable and tolerant adults. To learn more, click here.
 

ARTS & CULTURE IN THE PHILIPPINES


Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO)

Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) serves as a platform for highlighting Asia's brightest young musicians on a global arena, and exposes them to rich and varied artistic experiences through opportunities for exchange, study and performance. AYO holds a tuition free summer program designed to generate pride and confidence among Asian musicians in Asia. Members are among the finest pre-professional musicians in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Since its inaugural concerts in 1990, the award-winning Asian Youth Orchestra has played some 307 concerts in Asia, Europe, the US and Australia to an audience of more than one million concertgoers. To learn more, click here.


Ballet Philippines Foundation, Inc.

When Alice Reyes began the dance company in 1969, it was with the vision of professionalizing dance in the Philippines. As Ballet Philippines gears up for its Golden Anniversary in 2019, it continues to strengthen and enhance its long-standing tradition of excellence in classical and contemporary dance. Ballet Philippines is the first and longest-running resident company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. We are proud of our more than 500 choreographic works, each painstakingly mastered to showcase Filipino talent and heritage. Our repertoire includes full-length classical ballets, neo-ethnic works and groundbreaking contemporary choreography. To learn more, click here.


Caring and Living as Neighbors (CLAN)

CLAN helps children living with chronic conditions in resource poor countries such as Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia and Pakistan enjoy the highest quality of life possible. It achieves this by identifying groups of children with the same chronic conditions as belonging to the same community, and then empowering these communities through a strategic framework for action (The 5 Pillars): Optimizing affordability/availability of medications, educating patients, families, health care workers, government bodies, policy makers, all communities and participation in and support of research, optimizing health management, encouraging family support groups and assisting in reducing the financial burden of chronic conditions that lead to poverty. To learn more, click here.


Center for Agriculture and Rural Development

Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD MRI) is a social development organization founded in 1986 that is committed to empowering socially and economically disadvantaged women and families by providing them access to financial, micro insurance, education, livelihood, health and other capacity-building services. CARD provides continued access to integrated micro-finance and special development services such as Credit with Education, and innovative community programs that organize and empower beneficiaries. CARD aims for high standards of stewardship of financial, human and institutional resources. The organization has also established an educational assistance program to ensure that college-aged students will have easier access to education and therefore will have an improved quality of life. To learn more, click here.
 



The Tao Foundation for Culture and Arts

The Tao Foundation for Culture and Arts is a Filipino non-profit organization founded by a group of artists, educators and social workers to facilitate contacts and relationships between local culture practitioners and the globalized population. These encounters are geared towards the transmission of local cultural knowledge at a historical juncture when most villages have become fragmented. The Foundation organizes face-to-face encounters and more focused mentorships, and conducts research and publications. To learn more, click here.

ARTS & CULTURE IN SINGAPORE


Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO)

Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) serves as a platform for highlighting Asia's brightest young musicians on a global arena, and exposes them to rich and varied artistic experiences through opportunities for exchange, study and performance. AYO holds a tuition free summer program designed to generate pride and confidence among Asian musicians in Asia. Members are among the finest pre-professional musicians in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Since its inaugural concerts in 1990, the award-winning Asian Youth Orchestra has played some 307 concerts in Asia, Europe, the US and Australia to an audience of more than one million concertgoers. To learn more, click here.

 

ARTS & CULTURE IN SRI LANKA


 

Raking Leaves

Raking Leaves is an award-winning publisher founded in 2008 by independent curator Sharmini Pereira. The organization commissions, publishes and internationally platforms contemporary artists to produce new bodies of work in book form. All book projects are mass-produced and distributed to reach as wide an audience as possible. Based in Sri Lanka, Raking Leaves is committed to addressing the needs of artists and audiences who live in regions of the world where more strategic and accessible approaches to creating and presenting contemporary art are required. To achieve this aim, Raking Leaves offers an alternative means through which contemporary art can be created, viewed and collected. To learn more, click here.

ARTS & CULTURE IN TAIWAN


 

Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO)

Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) serves as a platform for highlighting Asia's brightest young musicians on a global arena, and exposes them to rich and varied artistic experiences through opportunities for exchange, study and performance. AYO holds a tuition free summer program designed to generate pride and confidence among Asian musicians in Asia. Members are among the finest pre-professional musicians in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Since its inaugural concerts in 1990, the award-winning Asian Youth Orchestra has played some 307 concerts in Asia, Europe, the US and Australia to an audience of more than one million concertgoers. To learn more, click here.


Cloud Gate Culture and Arts Foundation

Cloud Gate is the name of the oldest known dance in China, a ritual dance of some 5,000 years ago. In 1973, choreographer LIN Hwai-min adopted this classical name for the first contemporary dance company in any Chinese speaking community: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan. Cloud Gate Culture and Arts Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established in 1988 that organizes, oversees, and presents over 200 performances & outreach programs annually for Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan (1973), Cloud Gate 2 (1999), and Cloud Gate Theater (2015). Cloud Gate also conducts scholarship programs for young talents. To learn more, click here.


Rosy-Clouds Foundation

The Rosy-Clouds Foundation was established in 2003 by Chairman John Chen in memory of his mother, Ms Lou Tsia-Chia. Mr. Chen loves music and wishes that music will bring joy and comfort to the elderly in nursing homes and children in orphanages. Music can also provide positive energy to our society. The mission of Rosyclouds Foundation is to gather support from the general public to ensure that underprivileged areas are able to achieve their highest level of musical development. Rosycloud provides educational scholarships and many services that relate to music, which helps society reach peace and harmony. To learn more, click here.


Vox Nativa Association

Vox Nativa Association is dedicated to the capacity building of disadvantaged indigenous children in Nantou County, Taiwan, with choir training program and supplementary academic courses. It aims to make children participating in the program become the role model of other children in the tribes, and to promote the preservation of Taiwan’s aboriginal culture in the long run. To learn more, click here.

ARTS & CULTURE IN THAILAND


Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO)

Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) serves as a platform for highlighting Asia's brightest young musicians on a global arena, and exposes them to rich and varied artistic experiences through opportunities for exchange, study and performance. AYO holds a tuition free summer program designed to generate pride and confidence among Asian musicians in Asia. Members are among the finest pre-professional musicians in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Since its inaugural concerts in 1990, the award-winning Asian Youth Orchestra has played some 307 concerts in Asia, Europe, the US and Australia to an audience of more than one million concertgoers. To learn more, click here.

 


The Foundation for the Education of Rural Children

The Foundation for the Education of Rural Children is dedicated to assisting rural and hill tribe children in the Golden Triangle area of northern Thailand.Headquartered in Chiang Mai, the FERC's objectives are to provide supplies for rural schools including text books and materials, clean water and sanitation facilities, kitchen equipment and facility construction, furnish scholarships to talented and deserving students to attend regional and provincial educational institutions, and work with community organizations to prevent child exploitation and human trafficking by providing a path to success that only a good education can provide. To learn more, click here.

ARTS & CULTURE IN VIETNAM


Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO)

Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) serves as a platform for highlighting Asia's brightest young musicians on a global arena, and exposes them to rich and varied artistic experiences through opportunities for exchange, study and performance. AYO holds a tuition free summer program designed to generate pride and confidence among Asian musicians in Asia. Members are among the finest pre-professional musicians in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Since its inaugural concerts in 1990, the award-winning Asian Youth Orchestra has played some 307 concerts in Asia, Europe, the US and Australia to an audience of more than one million concertgoers. To learn more, click here.


Caring and Living as Neighbors (CLAN)

CLAN helps children living with chronic conditions in resource poor countries such as Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia and Pakistan enjoy the highest quality of life possible. It achieves this by identifying groups of children with the same chronic conditions as belonging to the same community, and then empowering these communities through a strategic framework for action (The 5 Pillars): Optimizing affordability/availability of medications, educating patients, families, health care workers, government bodies, policy makers, all communities and participation in and support of research, optimizing health management, encouraging family support groups and assisting in reducing the financial burden of chronic conditions that lead to poverty. To learn more, click here.