Creative Hub in India
The Salaam Baalak Trust is an example of this sort of safe haven/hub in India that provides a space for women and children to engage in creative activities such as music and other performing arts. What can we learn from these models?
This great success story in Harlem made me think about examples of these safe havens/hubs that have been successful in developing countries.
One is the
Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT), which is an Indian NGO that runs these kinds of hubs as well as outreach contact points, mostly near railway stations, and a 24-hour toll-free helpline service, that cater to children and women all over India. The centers enable children and women to engage in performing arts and other creative pursuits, and many people who have benefitted from the program there have gone on to become professional artists and performers.
It would be great to learn from SBT and others what they have learned, what their challenges were, and how this model might be improved and perhaps scaled. Why don't we invite some of these leaders who have been involved with projects like these to join the conversation?