Awareness & Prevention Through Art (AptART) is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to give vulnerable children an artistic experience with an opportunity to express themselves as well as an outlet to build awareness and promote prevention about the issues that affect their lives.
All children regardless of their circumstances should be given an opportunity to participate in the arts.
AptART holds exhibitions both locally and internationally displaying artwork created by children participating in projects. Proceeds from the exhibitions are returned back to AptART to fund future projects. In this particular case, we're looking at AptART's work in Zaatari, the fifth-largest ‘city’ in Jordan, and the not-so-temporary home of 130,000 Syrian refugees.
On an unsuspecting, breeze-block building, sat along a dirt path, you can enjoy a colourful painting of two white houses shaking hands, with a banner of Arabic script saying ‘My house is your house’. It's a sentiment that defies local Jordanian-Syrian tension but is designed to at least try and make a difference.
And all created by local children, alongside award-winning Spanish graffiti artist Ruben Sanchez. This painting was part of a four-month trip to Jordan in January when Ruben took part in the art project, designed to improve the environment and prospects of thousands of Jordanian and Syrian children and get them working together. Here is just a glimpse at some of the resulting work.