Arts Practices for Inclusion (API)
API is a first-of-its-kind course which looks at therapeutic practices and social inclusion through the arts. API is a result of this vision and it facilitates the creation of inclusive spaces for children and adults with disabilities through student led projects. Over the past few years, we have trained and certified over 70 Arts Practitioners for Inclusion from India and Nepal, and over 120 participants have completed the API Introductory Course from India and Nepal. Our first batch of the API practitioners from India was certified in March 2022 and the second batch in March 2023. Two batches of 2021-22 and 2022-23 from Nepal were certified in June 2023. We have an ongoing batch of API in Sri Lanka. We have one ongoing Arts Practices for Inclusion batch of 2023-24 with participants from 13 cities in India, and this project is partially supported by boAt!
Admissions for the 2024-25 batch commencing February 2024 are Now Open! To know more and apply to the course, click here.
Ongoing and Past Batches of API
API India Batch 2023-24
The third batch of the API one-year course is our biggest ever! Flagged off on 25th February 2023, it brings together 26 participants from across India! The participants come from 12 different cities from across the country and our partner organizations include Pallium India, We Nurture Foundation, Spastics Society of Karnataka, KAT-KATHA, Aikyam, Shanti Ashram, Army Public School, Arivu Early Intervention Centre, Sahas Centre, Tamahar Trust, amongst many others. We look forward to the tremendous work that this group will do over the course of this year! Read More!
This project for 2023-24 has been partially supported by boAt.
API India & Nepal Batch 2022-23
The second batch of the API one-year course brought together 18 participants from both India and Nepal together! It was a diverse group of individuals from 10 cities in India and Nepal. Our partner organizations include Koshish, Nepal, Just Nepal Foundation, Naya Yuba Naya Soch Nepal, and Bikalpa Training Centre from Nepal and Rang Karwan, Mental Health Action Trust (MHAT), NalandaWay Foundation, Sunbeam Child Fund Association and Notty Feet – a Waldorf-inspired kindergarten, amongst others from India.
The India batch was certified in March 2023, and the Nepal batch was certified in June 2023!
API India Batch 2021-22
The first batch of the course on Arts Practices for Inclusion from India saw professionals in arts practices from six different states in India come together to talk about the cross-roads between inclusion, therapy and the arts. Participants came from different social inclusion fields like arts and therapy interventions with children and adults with learning disabilities, special needs, victims of sexual abuse and other at risk and vulnerable populations.
The participant diversity spanned many states and cities across the country, including Delhi, Mumbai, Rishikesh, Mysore, Pune, Cochin, Chennai, Anantapur, Bengaluru and Kozikodhe. A total of 12 participants enrolled into the course, and completed their course in February 2022. They also worked closely with the research team to understand the effect of the API sessions on the psychosocial and inclusion domains of their beneficiaries.
The batch was certified as API Practitioners on 27th March 2022! Read More
API Nepal Batch 2021-22
We realised that there needs to be demonstrators and pilots to create standard models of delivery of the arts practices in other countries. The Millennium Alliance Grant awarded a 3 year project to take this knowhow to Nepal for creating capacity to enable inclusion using this methodology. The aspiration with Nepal was to look at expansion opportunities within Nepal and develop a standard rollout for other countries which will also be sourced by the incumbent.
As a part of an initial baseline we did a workshop series for a few organisations in Nepal in December 2019 and the API Introductory Courses in 2020, and these were very well received, and we saw the interest of the groups in taking this forward. 20 participants from Nepal completed the API one-year certificate course for the batch of 2020-21, and 8 participants completed the course for the batch 2022-23. These students were certified as API Practitioners in June 2023. Our anchor organizations from Nepal included Just Nepal, Centre for Dalit Women Nepal, The Relief Trust, the Self-Help Group for Cerebral Palsy, Antardristi, Nepal, BYAN Nepal, amongst others.