Intent of API

We believe inclusive spaces are created when mainstream institutions, persons and communities are able to have a relational experience with persons with special needs. But how do the arts facilitate the creation of such relationships? From the pottery, figurines and seals of the Indus Valley civilisation to the 6th century A.D. temple reliefs and carvings of the Dashavatara Temple in the Betwa River Valley, the architectural mythology of India is a testament to the potential of the arts to capture and express human experience. Similarly, the melody of our folk songs and ragas, the poignancy of Kalidasa’s plays and the intensity of our dances are evidence of the evocation of the senses and emotions.

Art is universal, transcending barriers of languages, ethnicities, beliefs and differences. Working with the idea that the arts have the potential to explore and express human experience, API aims at developing intersubjectivity in relationships between mainstream and special needs and vulnerable populations, allowing each to experience the other through the arts. By bridging the gap between mainstream and special needs and vulnerable populations, API’s mission is to celebrate neurodiversity built upon relationships of mutual trust, acceptance and compassion. Through our one-year certificate course we train students in the therapeutic benefits of the arts, transforming their skill sets and certifying Arts Practitioners for Inclusion. We aspire to empower students to become entrepreneurs in their own right, implementing projects to create inclusive spaces across India through the arts. We believe that methodology and practice of Arts Practices for Inclusion (API) needs to occupy a central place in education and complementary health care to bridge the gap between mainstream and special needs populations.

Inclusion is not integration.

Nor is it a badge of honour.

It’s a way of life.

We can’t do a little of it; either it is, or it isn’t.

It’s fair play, common sense, hard work, elegantly simple, and awesomely complex.

It’s not building an extra of, it is being in the one that is.

A kaleidoscope of diversity.

Course Highlights

The course duration is for a year. Two sets of contact classes will be held for 7 or 8 days each in Term 1 and Term 2 in Bangalore. For the rest of the time, direct beneficiary work is done at an organisation for persons with special needs or vulnerable groups.

The course comprises 486 hours of learning which include assignments, taught and practical modules. The course hours include up to 8 hours of on-site placement supervision for trainees where creative arts practitioners enlisted by the course/course educators visit host organisations to observe and provide feedback to trainees.

The third term culminates in a three-month community-based inclusion project which requires trainees to put their learning to practice by creating inclusive spaces with mainstream and vulnerable and special needs populations.

Course Timelines

June Batch

Term 1 – June to September

1. Experiential Studies in the Arts

2. Direct Beneficiary Work

3. Inclusion Circles

4. Assignments


June Batch

Term 2 – October to February

1. Application Studies of the Arts

2. Direct Beneficiary Work

3. Inclusion Circles

4. Research and Documentation

5. Assignments


June Batch

Term 3 – March to May

1. Independent Community based Project

2. Direct Beneficiary Work


Sessions in Progress with India and Nepal batches