Oam Kenya Outreach Program
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Our newest employee & outreach coordinator in Kenya, Ms. Valary, has been coordinating with artist groups in Nairobi so that we can bring our fantastic curriculum to students of Africa.
Mr. Omar, Oam Studios Founder, will be traveling out to Kenya, Africa for a month to conduct art classes for children near Nairobi, to meet with many organizations to strategize future volunteer work, and also to gain inspiration for a series of paintings that he hopes he can produce to continue fundraising for our new program.
Hello guardians and art students, I am so thrilled to help connect African students with Oam Studios Art Acdememy. The children here will appreciate having Mr. Omar visit and bring his knowledge of art and Oam donations to our children here in Nairobi.
Oam Kenyan Outreach Coordinator
Evani & Vikram
Win @ Art Competition
Evani and Vikram, brother and sisters, both competed in this year’s Tian Hong Art Competition and both made siblings placed in the top three of the competition. Evani secured third place for her underwater imagery, while her brother Vikram won second place for his meditation with animal scene.
Our Children’s Mental Health is Our Mental Health
It’s been a brutal year for human society across the board. Adults have had to work harder, worry more, and some how cope with the mountain of stress that has been piling up in our minds and wearing at our bodies.
Looking back before all this, I recall how my heart and mind were working in unison. The art studios, the students, and the families would all light me up. Positivity was infusing every aspect of my life.
Eventually though, as news of the outbreak spread, I decided that the art studio in Pleasanton would have to immediately shutdown. The date in which that occurred is etched into my mind, because who could forget that terrifying day… Friday the 13th of March 2020.
A year later and through a foggy smooth-plastic mind you realize how much you have changed. Noticing the changes as they happened would have been impossible much like watching a single weed grow in a muddy field. But looking back, in hindsight, you easily see that the field no longer has a single weed but instead has been overtaken by weeds.
As adults and as we begin to see a light at the end of the tunnel, its important to reflect on ourselves and clear the fields of weeds so we can really get back to the hard work of healing the ones we love, the ones that depend on us, and especially healing the ones that we ourselves rely on.
All of this happening to us from our adult perception and now having the hindsight to see how this has affected our children. Are they strong enough to cope with a tragedy as easily as a full grown adult. Of course not. They need our help. They need out guidance.
New reports are coming out weekly about the toll that COVID 19 has had on our children and their worlds. The isolation, the lack of physical socializing, the numbing 2 dimensional screens that increasingly hinder a child’s ability to remain focused. Learning in a flat digital world.
Thank goodness we have the technology at this time as a stopgap, but those same reports are indicating that online classes can’t be an equivalent alternative to in-person learning.
Still we have to remain safe and cautious. We need to continue to take this virus seriously and approach our handling of it as intelligently and carefully as possible.
In doing so we also need to start talking about the kids, our roles in safe guarding their mental health, healing the damage that has already taken place and the damage that will continue to fracture their minds post pandemic.
I’m certain that this pandemic has changed me physically and mentally, and I see that I need to evolve and adjust the goals of our art studio much the way I have had to adjust my hopes and dreams. Our mission statement needs to be amended to focus on the healing of our children’s minds through art, creativity, structure, discipline and mentorship.
I want to make it clear that this is of great importance to us at Oam Studios Art Academy. Our new motivations will have at its center, the well being and development of our students mental health.
I’d like this to hopefully open some discussion on the matter. What suggestions do you have that can help us to help our student’s mental health post-pandemic?
Master Omar Morineau
March 21st- April 19th
You’re in the middle of a deeply transformative process right now, Aries. The emotional exploration you’ve found yourself in will propel you to the next level this month, as mental Mercury takes the deep dive into visionary Pisces. Elsewhere, the moon’s presence in your sign highlights your most pressing needs and ramps up your self-expression which is why it is so important to get your artistic ideas quickly sketched out.
July 23rd – August 22nd
Leos are planetarily guided by the movements of the brilliant, life-giving sun. The skies see the sun lock into a supportive aspect with transformative Pluto, allowing in fresh artistic opportunities for you to welcome change- specifically around your identity. Elsewhere, the moon slides into slow and steady Taurus, focusing your attention on your artistic concerns.
November 22nd – December 21st
You’re ready to get right down to making art, Sagittarius. The moon slides into slow and steady Taurus today, helping you send your energy towards your current art project or looming art list. Elsewhere, the direction-giving sun forms a productive alliance with transformative Pluto, prompting you to make subtle but powerful changes that affect your art budget.
April 20th – May 20th
Don’t expect yourself to leap right into action today, Taurus. You’re in need of more rest than the weekends may be able to offer. The moon glides through solitary Aries, locking into a tense aspect with powerful Pluto later on. This is likely to stir up mental storm clouds that need sorting out in private. Aim for solitude, rest, and drawing over productive action.
August 23rd – September
This time of year focuses all of your energy on relationship matters, Virgo. The skies help implement important but subtle changes in this arena, as the direction-giving sun supportively aligns with truth-seeking Pluto. Expect new perspectives or plan changes to emerge around any collaberative art projects you have. Elsewhere, the grounded Taurus moon pushes you to get out of your comfort zone with certain art materials.
December 22nd – January
As a Capricorn, you can easily forget to give yourself slack and let loose. The skies encourage you to get connected with the art mediums that bring you joy again, as the moon slides into sensual Taurus. Save the heavy labor for another day. Elsewhere, important transformations are at work between your artistic communication style, as the direction-guiding sun and change-bringer Pluto unite forces.
May 21st – June 20th
As a Gemini, you’re guided by the cosmic movements of the messenger planet, Mercury. Monday’s skies see Mercury on the move, as it transitions from logical Aquarius into feelingful Pisces. This switch heightens your emotional reactions and helps you to create more abstract artwork. The days will be socially active, with relationships tension emerging later, but your nights are meant for colors and shapes you have yet to explore.
September 23rd – October 22nd
You need time away from the noise of the superficial world today, Libra. Let yourself carve out some peace and reconnect with art projects that you can be raw and real with, as the restful Taurus moon encourages you to ground down and keep things low-key. Elsewhere, the illuminating sun positively aligns with wound-healing Pluto, helping you integrate subtle but emotionally impactful changes where you practice your art.
January 20th – February 18th
You may feel yourself slowing to a halt today, Aquarius. You’re in need of recuperative action and some solid alone time to create your art without hinderance, as the moon transitions from war-torn Aries into peace-seeking Taurus. Let yourself reconnect with your art studio environment and spruce things up to feel your best. Elsewhere, the illuminating sun aligns with transformative Pluto, bringing fresh revelations around your art abilities.
June 21st – July 22nd
You’re ready to hit the ground running, Cancer! Take advantage of your desire to be productive and tackle whatever waits on your art to-do list, as the eager Aries moon helps you devote energy towards your artistic concerns. Later, the moon’s squabble with potent Pluto is liable to stir up powerful emotional responses concerning friendships and it may be too difficult to focus on the accuracy of your artwork.
October 23rd – November 21st
As a Scorpio, part of your art work often explores the daunting depths of intimacy and facing them fearlessly head on. This narrative is highlighted tremendously, as the moon cruises into your opposite sign of Taurus. Elsewhere, it’s easy to implement important changes to your artistic style and creative approach, as the illuminating sun harmoniously aligns with transformative Pluto.
February 19th – March 20th
A busy day lies ahead, Pisces. You’re craving movement and stimulating exchanges rather than another day of the same old art project. The moon cruises into stable Taurus this morning, helping you focus on sharing your voice. Meanwhile, the life-giving sun harmoniously aligns with truth-seeking Pluto, bringing promising artistic concepts and refreshed energy to implement major changes to your goals surrounding fine art.