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ArtBeat – Using Visual Arts to Stimulate Children’s Imagination

For children and young people, drawing what they see, reflect on it and learn to develop creative expression

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What is the Idea?

ArtBeat is a program that aims to develop a visual culture of creative expression amongst children in Pakistan. Children take their experiences of the world using themes and transform them through art, making new connections and relationships through their imaginative minds.

How we do it?

We hold an annual national competition inviting children from all over the country to participate in the competition. Children send in their artworks based on the annual theme, which are then taken to a competitive jury process. The top selected artworks are taken to exhibitions in galleries where child art is displayed. We also give awards, prizes and opportunities to attend art residencies for budding young artists of Pakistan.


Art education teaches a specific set of thinking skills not adequately addressed elsewhere in the curriculum. Annually over 5,000 children take part in the ArtBeat program. Making pictures allows children to express their feelings and ideas, encourages them to think about and understand the world visually, instead of restricting learning, thus enabling them to become confident and creative individuals.


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