children of the Middle Atlas and the Mountains Festival
This Festival enters the framework of a global vision, the goal
of which being to promote and to increase the standing of the
'Mountains Arts' in order to lever it up for sustainable development.
The main goal is to create opportunities of meeting and of cultural,
gastronomic and artistic exchanges, allowing an audience to
appreciate and to discover an aspect of the real and authentic
popular Art of the Mountains. Not only the art of Morocco, but
the Mountain Art all around the world.
The Build Consulting Agency believes in the future of the Mountain.
So, in order to popularize its cultural, artistic and socio-economic
potentialities, the Agency organized the first show of the International
Art of the Mountains, 'Montagne Arts': the mountain gallery
was representated by several painters of Morroco coming from
the four mountain regions, and who were allowed to show their
works during five days.
The main event of this exhibition obviously was the participation
of the native of Middle Atlas artist Fatema Binet-Ouakka who
accepted to manage and to frame the children workshops. During
the time of those workshops, Fatema Binet-Ouakka, (who belongs
to the French IAA National Committee), awaked the artistic potentialities
of those young children. Every child could give free rein to
his imagination, his creativity, his self-confidence, and the
acceptance of the others’ gaze. This kind of action obviously
appears like a very powerful level for the children development,
and the artist was able to reveal the children huge potential
during those workshops.
The children signed their works and wrote their names themselves
on their participation certificates. Those few days workshops
allowed them to very easily exchange ideas with the journalists
who came for the opening, facing the cameras, as well as with
the Ministries, the Wali of Fès, and the Governor of
Sofron among others. During the discussion sessions, a number
of issues were pointed out: Western society, family, violence,
education, job insecurity, internet, music, etc. All those questions
allowing the children to express their anxiety.
"Education is the very heart of our priorities. As a woman,
and as an artist, as a mother and as a godmother" declared
Fatema Binet, "through my statute, I am committed to support
this human encounter. The children choose the topics by themselves
with a great freedom. School learning focuses on the knowledge
of the basic social life first, either playful or more controlled
or regulated way. This learning is the foundation of the children
personal development, of the 'living together' between the human
groups, and of their inner participation to the group. Each
one of those meetings looks like an energizing test resulting
in quite a lot of new ideas springing up in their coded language
for further exchanges. Their both bubbling imagination and emotion
encouraged them to create without no fear at all when facing
the 'white sheet of paper'. For
me, this experiment was an incredible emotion too: I learnt
a lot while seeing their so brilliant eyes, as well as their
insatiable desire to learn. The discussions were led in the
Tamazight language I could understand without any difficulty,
being born in a neighbouring group."
The children, their parents, and the visitors were very proud
of this 2014 Festival. The goal of those meetings is to bring
them the means for developing their autonomy so that they can
project themselves into the future they have to built.
taken with their consent.