Last year when I was here in India I met Guarav, an incredibly talented artist- videographer, graphic designer, coordinator of communal art events. We kept in touch through Facebook across the year and I was delighted to find out he still lives here and is becoming an Aurovillian (like citizenship to an ideal community). He invited us all to Art Break, an event at the center of Auroville, at the Dreamer’s Café (one of my favorite coffee spots). He informed us that this was an art event happening all over the world at the same time. Each city or place that wants to participate receives approximately $500 US in art supplies (paper, paint, markers) in preparation for this event. Needless to say I was super excited and planned to spend the day there. When we arrived there were homemade signs and banners leading up to the café and surrounding it, with every café table filled with a different set of art tools so there were paint tables and marker tables, etc. Clotheslines were set up from tree to tree creating hanging walls of art that surrounded us. My friends all sat together at a table. I found a group of kids and joined them. We drew and chatted and got to know each other. We tried each other’s drawing techniques and I learned that the three girls I sat with were from Nordic countries but had grown up mostly in Auroville. They went a local somewhat progressive school and left me after about an hour for their circus arts class. I loved hearing them chat with each other, crossing between a variety of languages, looking and sounding like tween girls from anywhere in the world.
More Info on Art Break: http://www.artismovingnow.com/artbreakday.html
Article about the Art Break event I attended: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/puducherry/breaking-new-ground-in-art/article6386106.ece