Advancing Leaders Fellowship Finalist: Sneha Shrestha

World Learning’s Advancing Leaders Fellowship provides alumni with training, mentoring, and funding to implement an original social innovation project anywhere in the world. The 10 finalists will present their project proposals at World Learning’s Social Innovation Summit on June 5, 2013, and that evening the judges will announce the five fellowship recipients at the Citation Award dinner.

Sneha ShresthaSneha Shrestha

World Learning SIT Study Abroad: Indonesia: Balinese Art and Social Change (2009)

Kathmandu Children’s Art Museum (KCAM)
Providing a creative space for art and culture among youth of Kathmandu, Nepal

Political instability, a low literacy rate, lack of access, and outdated views conspire to keep Nepali children from the joy of art. In conjunction with a public and private school, several community organizations and local artists, KCAM will be the first sustainable art space for Nepali children and youth.

It will facilitate two, six-weekend art workshops on Nepali culture for children and local artists, resulting in production of the first two exhibitions. This multidimensional project encourages children’s appreciation of their culture and promotes self-expression through hands-on art experience by allowing them to express themselves and reflect on their culture amidst the instability in Nepal.

About Sneha: Sneha Shrestha is a Nepali artist based, until recently, in Boston, where she created unique art pieces that meshed the Nepali alphabet and Boston street art. She has had several exhibitions and commissioned works in Boston and Kathmandu. She is an award-winning children’s book writer and illustrator. Sneha holds bachelors’ degrees in globalization studies and studio art from Gettysburg College.

Sneha is committed to using art as a vehicle for positive social change, which led her to work as a mentoring artist in painting and an education coordinator at Artists for Humanity in Boston, helping inner city youth for almost three years. Her passion for the arts, mixed with her concern for global issues, shapes Sneha’s work and her art. In 2009, a Kathryn Davis Foundation grant helped Sneha establish a children’s library for a struggling public school and publish three bilingual and culturally sensitive children’s books. The library is sustained by book sales and sales of her t-shirt line, MO:MO: NATION.

After living and learning in the United States, Geneva, and Bali for the past seven years, Sneha has recently moved back to her hometown in Kathmandu to establish Nepal’s first Children’s Art Museum, a space for Nepali children to express themselves through art.

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87 Responses to Advancing Leaders Fellowship Finalist: Sneha Shrestha

  1. Olin says:

    Hi Sneha. Your works are really commendable. Please give me your email so that i can reach out to you.Few of my frens would also like to help you with your projects. thanks. Or please email me at: thakurolin@gmail.com

  2. Liena says:

    Hey Sneha D, great work!!. Just found about your awesome work from Color Kathmandu. Speaking your heart out from the art and commitments you have given (founding Nepal’s first Art Museum) has made you one of my inspirational person. Thank you. And all the very best of luck for further achievements =D xx

  3. Geeta Shrestha says:

    Sneha I am so proud of you for making it this far. You are so smart and I will support you all the way! Congratulations!!
    Geeta

  4. Congratulations and I have my fingers crossed for you!

    Maureen

  5. Bina Gurung says:

    Sneha you must bring this grant home as Nepal desperately needs an Art museum for children. There are many children who need to heal from the wounds and scars rendered by the ten-year conflict in Nepal. Only Art can manage to do this task of healing. Your idea of an Art Museum for children is absolutely the need of the hour. I am sure the organizers will realize how important this project is for the children of Nepal and only you can do it with your vision- a vision of an artist of your calibre. You have the good wishes from the thousands on children of Nepal for envisioning to open an art museum for them.God bless you.

  6. Karan Shrestha says:

    GET GO KCAM….

  7. PRITAM PIYA says:

    INNOVATIVE,CREATIVE.
    Proud to see the opportunity coming to young generation.
    “MOTIVATION”.ALL THE BEST ŠÑËHÄ.

  8. Sunil Kumar Piya says:

    All the best

  9. deepti says:

    cograts

  10. linard ridge says:

    : A mudane, artistic, visionary, and a hardworking talent. A marvellous effort. Proud to support.

  11. sangeeta says:

    proud of you sis

  12. Karan Shrestha says:

    Sneha is a perfectionist and takes pride in her work. She loves doing art and wants to make a difference in the world. She wants children to love art and express their emotions or thoughts through a paint brush. She is a true role model for me.

  13. Monica Ogra says:

    Fantastic news, Sneha!! Congrats and all the best!!

  14. Kathleen says:

    When I met Sneha during her first year at Gettysburg College, it was clear that she would have a great impact on the world around her. She is such a positive person and it’s wonderful to see what she has achieved and how these successes have improved the lives of people around her! The children of Nepal will greatly benefit from the museum she envisions.

  15. Stephanie G. says:

    I can’t wait to visit Nepal and see what these kids end up creating. Good luck!!

  16. Neha Shrestha says:

    So proud of you!

  17. Priya says:

    Wow, sneha dijju. i have seen a lot of your works. best ofl uck in all of your endeavours. :)

  18. Anita Sharma says:

    Brilliant Sneha!!! Keep up the good work. We all are with you!

  19. dzn piya says:

    Wonderful project ! i hope, not only children of Kathmandu, all Nepalese children will be benefited and will get inspired .

  20. Ambika says:

    This is such a wonderful idea. Having been a public school teacher for 3 years, I can speak to how important opportunities for creative expression are for children. Very often, the children who get labeled things like “difficult” and “troublesome” are the ones who just haven’t found an appropriate way to share their thoughts, ideas, and emotions with others. Art gives them a way to do that. It allows them to satisfy a fundamental human need for understanding, without which we feel restless and empty. And even for children who are quite comfortable with expressing themselves in more conventional ways it opens new doors. Furthermore, I believe that interacting with the creative products of others helps build a theory of mind (the understanding that others have an inner world that may be very different from our own) that is the foundation of empathy and compassion. Art lets us see beauty through the eyes of others.

    This is an amazing project, and I know that someone like Sneha who has so much talent, determination, and passion for her art and her community will be able to carry it out.

  21. Robin says:

    Kathmandu needs spaces like these for young people to cultivate their creative energies. All the best in making KCAM a successful endeavor Sneha!

  22. Nistha says:

    Sneha is possibly the most amazing person I know. Her idea to open a Children’s Art Museum is just one of the ways she works tirelessly to bring art and joy into the lives of children and other people.

  23. Kabita says:

    This project sounds fantastic — and so needed. There is a dearth of creative spaces for children in Nepal, and an absence of mentoring and compassionate guidance. This project has so much potential to change how young people (and older people) create, and how they relate to one another.

  24. Amanda Cats says:

    Sneha is a visionary and a pleasure to work with. In her short time back in Kathmandu she has already lit up the city with her work which is inspiring and relevant. She is very talented and very kind and would be an excellent leader and mentor for kids!

  25. Raj says:

    Good luck Sneha for your amazing work.

  26. Birendra says:

    Sneha’s work is outstanding !!!

  27. Kate says:

    This sounds like a great project that would be great for Kathmandu. Best of luck with it, Sneha!

  28. Sneha is an example of Nepalese society. Due to her exceptional artistic talent, she is trying to express her view representing not only Nepalese children but also the children around the world. She is trying to establish a art museum for the Nepalese children for the first time in the history of Nepal. I am sure after establishing a art museum for the children in kathmandu,, the Nepalese children also could express their views through art for the development of this country Nepal as well as this Modern world. I want to wish her all the best to fulfill her desire to establish children’s art museum in this landlocked country Nepal. It will be the step ahead for the children’s overall development. All the best Sneha.

  29. Rita Piya says:

    Sneha is a great artist who is trying to uplift the lives of the children of Nepal. I hope she gets all the help and support she needs. Good luck.

  30. sitashma says:

    Kathmandu waiting for your prestigious project. This will no doubt, surely benefit the children of Kathmandu Nepal. Please do support her.

  31. Tulshi Adhikari says:

    Well done Snehajee. You are at the best to make the world a better place. Go ahead, people with courage and genuine thrust are always supported by almighty. Good luck for the rest!

  32. Rita Piya says:

    Sneha is an amazing artist who is trying to uplift the lives of Nepali children. I do hope that she gets all the help and support she needs.Good luck Sneha.

  33. Khadka Meen Dhoj says:

    Sneha is an example of Nepalese society. Due to her exceptional artistic talent, she is trying to express her view representing not only Nepalese children but also the children around the world. She is trying to establish a art museum for the Nepalese children for the first time in the history of Nepal. I am sure after establishing a art museum for the children in kathmandu,, the Nepalese children also could express their views through art for the development of this country Nepal as well as this Modern world. I want to wish her all the best to fulfill her desire to establish children’s art museum in this landlocked country Nepal. It will be the step ahead for the children’s overall development. All the best Sneha.

    • Khadka Meen Dhoj says:

      Sneha is an example of Nepalese society. Due to her exceptional artistic talent, she is trying to express her view representing not only Nepalese children but also the children around the world. She is trying to establish a art museum for the Nepalese children for the first time in the history of Nepal. I am sure after establishing a art museum for the children in kathmandu,, the Nepalese children also could express their views through art for the development of this country Nepal as well as this Modern world. I want to wish her all the best to fulfill her desire to establish children’s art museum in this landlocked country Nepal. It will be the step ahead for the children’s overall development. All the best Sneha.

  34. Anarkali says:

    All my prayers and best wishes Sneha (Minni) for the success of this good cause of yours.Nepal needs youths like u for the betterment of the society.

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