‘OPEN MINDS AND INNOCENT HEARTS’ BY FUNUN ARTS

(Saju Nair - Dubai) The 23rd of January 2020 witnessed the flawless execution of an exceptional evening as 115 students from 20 nationalities joined hands to present one of the largest student art exhibitions, titled 'Open Minds and Innocent Hearts', in The United Arab Emirates. The talented students stood in the limelight as their magnificent creations bedecked the walls of The Cartoon Art Gallery and this event was in continuation of yet another inspiring gathering organized by Funun titled 'Cherish 20-20' - a live art with the amazing students of the SNF Development Center joining hands with 20 well-known artists from UAE. The event 'Cherish 20-20' was beautifully designed and executed on the 20th of January by Funun arts with a mission to identify, enhance and nurture the talents of students of determination of SNF Development Center, focusing on the prime objective to provide a space for students to paint their imaginations with a personalized support from prominent artists from UAE. IlTelevisionario2 congratulate all the fabulous artists who have joined hands with Funun to express their love and solidarity to the amazing students of SNF.

Students and artists participated in 'Cherish 20-20'
Students and artists participated in 'Cherish 20-20'

The first event of the year titled 'Cherish 20-20', organized by Funun, has helped students of SNF to spread contagious smiles and to build courage and confidence to face the crowd - a truly inspiring mission by the Funun arts to express their love and affection through the medium they are mastered in, under the able leadership of Ms. Shiba Khan and Ms. Farah Khan that has gained immense appreciation from the art fraternity.

Artworks exhibited @ ‘Open Minds and Innocent Hearts’
Artworks exhibited @ ‘Open Minds and Innocent Hearts’

'Open Minds and Innocent Hearts', featured works of 115 Students along with the works created by 20 students during the live painting workshop @ 'Cherish 20-20'. Students ranging from 5 to 17 years ensured their presence with their beautiful creations which has indeed appreciated by around 300 plus attendees gathered at The Cartoon Art Gallery during the inaugural ceremony. Curators giving no restrictions to the subject has helped emerging artists to open themselves and create what their heart whispers. Splendid creations of diverse subjects in distinct medium portrayed beautifully by young minds have undeniably given life to brilliant artworks. Stunning landscapes, figurative abstracts, abstracts, modern art, spiritual, patriotism, tradition, culture where only some of those subjects painted in different medium and styles from many, which has occupied the canvas with vibrant colors that has indeed taken the visitors to a subtle surprise.

Moment from the event
Moment from the event

'Open Minds and Innocent Hearts' was inaugurated by H.E. Ridhwan Hassan, Consulate General of Indonesia in the presence of various invited dignitaries, artists and hundreds of guests at the temporary build open stage in the premise of The Cartoon Art Gallery. The event witnessed an inspiring speech from His Excellency and he ensures personal attention to each and every student during the art tour which has indeed spread the happiness and pride for the young artists and their parents and their excitement to converse with a highly respectful diplomat was clearly visible.

I was also fortunate to spend some time with an amazing personality who is down to earth and an inspiring supporter of art. Asking about the event H.E Ridhwan Hassan says, "Personally, I am very grateful to get a chance to meet and interact closely with Funun Art Community led by Mrs. Shiba and Farah Khan, since my arrival here in Dubai. I am amazed by this community that has continuously dedicated their heart and mind to showcase the beauty of arts through painting. In addition, Funun Arts also contribute significantly to the talented children in developing their capacity for art, specifically painting. I am glad to know that Funun Arts is also collaborating with SNF, the Special Needs Future Development Center in Dubai, where my two daughters are studying. My daughters love art and Funun Arts provides a platform for them to sharpen their creativity. I have been attending many of Funun Arts activities in promoting arts and it made me realize that you don't need to be an artist to do art, art is the reflection of our state of mind and feelings. There is a certain human touch in art." 

Moment from the event
Moment from the event

The glory and excitement of the evening proliferated manifold when the students and gathering was given a chance to meet and interact with world-famous English cricketer Mr. Owais Alam Shah who was the celebrity guest of the evening. Having caped for England national team, County and various other prestigious matches across the globe has also contributed his service as coach for leading clubs during his long successful cricketing career. Mr. Shah was kind enough to spend time with all students and cricket enthusiasts to pose for their cameras as the moment was indeed a great experience specially for cricket loving students and the other attendees. "I was touched, those arts on canvases were beyond emotions to express. Nostalgic and equally grateful that I am here standing between the young artists & who have open minds with serene, innocent and lovable heart. We also have mentors and want to applaud their mentors too. The thought of getting people of determination into this activity and supporting to the charity itself is holy. It's so touching that it feels I right away jump from the green grass to the world of colors. I am honored and grateful to be a part of this day which shall be an everlasting memory. God Bless You all! God Bless Funun!" Says Mr. Owais Alam Shah.

Artworks exhibited @ ‘Open Minds and Innocent Hearts’
Artworks exhibited @ ‘Open Minds and Innocent Hearts’
Artworks exhibited @ ‘Open Minds and Innocent Hearts’
Artworks exhibited @ ‘Open Minds and Innocent Hearts’

Special guests and mentors were honored by Funun during the inaugural ceremony to express their gratitude on continuous support extended for the events organized by them. The event was also graced with the presence of well-known Calligraphy artist Mr. Art Noor whose combination of art works titled 99 names of Allah was one of the subject in the light show @ the world's tallest tower and the iconic sky scrapper, Burj Khalifa in Dubai. He also motivates the participating artists by gifting his book signed by the artist himself which includes the artworks stated above.

FUNUN was first established in 2016, in addition to giving life to various magical art gatherings and providing global platforms for artist to showcase their artworks, they have also been continuously engaged in collaborating with various educational institutions to create awareness on the importance of art by conducting several workshops to familiarize the subject 'Art' to the students of various age groups partnering with eminent artists from the region. All such initiatives taken forth by Funun has indeed gained great success and is received by the art fraternity with huge enthusiasm.

"It took us nearly 6 months to design the whole project as we were very clear on our vision to start the year with a beautiful gathering giving equal importance to students of all clusters and to bring them under one roof and to spread happiness and pride to innocent minds. It was indeed a tough task, but we had a strong sense of determination and utmost confidence in our hardworking team and our mentors in the industry, over and above, with the blessings of Allah, we have executed this event in the best way possible and we are really honored, today, to feel the happiness of students and parents as these young emerging artists showcased their perspective which will aid them to contribute for building a nation having limitless boundaries for love and care. Today, 'Youth' is a highly subjective topic, obviously, we can all be 'young at heart', but our purpose with this event is to introduce a new generation of painters, young artists ranging from a variety of age groups. Funun is confident that these events will support students to develop and imprint a signature of their own in the world of art in years to come. Our mission, by organizing such gatherings is to give opportunity for the students to think out of the box and to provide a platform for these young minds to openly express their imaginations using colors and brushes as their tools to create masterpieces which will be admired by the world. Hosting an event like this was really a challenge and we express our sincere gratitude to Mrinmay Sebastian and the management of The Cartoon Art Gallery for being a wonderful host partner and all our well-wishers across the globe for standing with Funun which has helped us engrave this event in the minds of the art fraternity as one of the best exhibitions hosted in the region." Says Ms. Shiba Khan, Founder of Funun and Curator of this show.

Ms. Farah Khan, Creative designer of Funun expresses her views and she says "This event is very close to our hearts as we managed to involve 115 young enthusiastic students of different age groups to represent themselves in front of the world. I think we never got this platform when we were of their age. Each and every artwork in this exhibition has a story behind it, the students very freely expressed themselves, and that was the motive behind this exhibition. We want these children to open up, express themselves and convey their thoughts in their own unique way. Nowadays, when the life of these children has become stressful due to competition and their involvement in the search of materialistic objects to give them a sense of satisfaction has deepened, art gives them a way to cross all these boundaries and to build confidence and courage to overcome such stress and emerge as a winner in life. We are really obliged to all those wonderful artists & the art enthusiasts who are part of this show and we, as a team, have made this event a great success. We believe in team work, giving equal respect and acceptance to all those associated with us as we always work on a philosophy of togetherness. 'Coming together is the beginning, keeping together is the process, working together is success.' This statement has really inspired us and we are indeed very happy and privileged that our events are well received by the industry which actually motivates and drives us to organize many more gatherings that will encourage artists to create new creations and an opportunity to showcase themselves to the art world'"

Entrepreneur and Eminent Emirati Artist Mr. Ahmed Rukni Al Awadhi, who was the special guest of this event shares his experience and he says, "This evening is very close to my heart and I am thankful to Ms. Shiba and Ms. Farah for inviting me to be a part of this event. The mass crowd at this venue justifies the success of this event and I am really surprised to see the beautiful creations of these young hearts, all the artworks displayed has its own touch of uniqueness and the way by which the students explained their creations made them all the more fascinating to experience. It was only a few months back when the government announced and published the new logo of UAE and it is really empowering to see that one of the subjects chosen by a student was the same logo and he incorporated his own imaginations while maintaining the original importance of the logo. This shows, that the younger generation is up to date on the happenings of the region and we all should realize that students are, now, an integral part of the community and one of the major assets for progressing forward. All the artworks exhibited are of high standards and the successful efforts of Funun to involve the students of determination in the events organized by them is highly appreciated and admired. All my best wishes to the participating artists and I hope they scale more heights in their educational and artistic career."

IlTelevisionario2 is indeed proud to have been invited as a special guest for this prestigious event and we wholeheartedly applaud the selfless and humble intentions of Funun Arts led by The Khan Sisters for hosting an event as successful and meaningful as this one. This event clearly reflects the amazing organizing capabilities of Funun, as their love and affection towards students and to bring them out into the limelight has motivated and inspired these young and creative minds to showcase their talents to the world. We extend our best wishes to all the participating students and the curators of the show that astonished the art fraternity in UAE.

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Cheers!