'Color of the Environment Around Me'- Art Exhibition and Awarding Ceremony

Following the 'Inter-school Art Competition 2009' which was organized on the theme 'environment', an awarding ceremony to the selected artworks and stationary as well as mobile exhibition on 'Color of the environment around me' was held from September 4th 6th, 2009 in Nepal Association of Fine Arts (NAFA) hall, Naxal, Kathmandu. The program was organized by FK Network Nepal, its secretariat is being hosted by NIDS. The total of 100 participants, including journalists, students, teachers, FK Network Nepal members, artists, organizations working on environment, participated in the program.

The awarding ceremony was started at 11:00am and ended at 1:30pm on September 4th, 2009. The ceremony was commenced by the FK Network Nepal Coordinator and MC of the program Ms. Radha. The Chair lady of the art competition Ms. Rebecca Birungi delivered the welcome speech highlighting the objectives of the program. It was followed by a presentation by Ms. Gurung on the background of the contest and FK Network Nepal. Renowned artists Mr. Kiran Manandhar and Ms. Bidhata K.C., the Judge Panel Members, delivered their remarks in the program. Additionally, Mr. Ganesh Gurung, the Chairperson of NIDS (Nepal Institute of Development Studies), also shared his remarks on the program.

The winners of the painting competition were categorized into three groups and the prizes were distributed accordingly by the Judge Panel Members. The Group A included differently able students (mentally challenged), Group 2 included students from Class 5 and 6, similarly students from Class 7 and 8 were categorized as Group C. The prizes were handed over as First, Second, Third and two consolation prizes. Following the award ceremony, the stationary painting exhibition was organized from 1:30pm onwards till 5:00pm at the Lumbini gallery at NAFA.

The mobile painting exhibition toured around Kathmandu city including contestant school areas, starting from Balmandir, Naxal at 11:00am covering the places; Baluwatar, Bhagwati bahal, Kamalpokhari, Dillibazar, Pradarsani Marg, Sundhara, Maruhiti, Durbar Marg and Lazimpat. An Electric vehicle (Safa Tempo) was used for mobile exhibition, in which banners with the paintings of the students and slogans on environment were hung up. Similarly, day two of the mobile exhibition was started from Narayangopal Chowk Maharajgunj at 10:00am rounding the places: Kalimati, Thapathali, New Baneshwor, Gaushala, Sitapaila and Thamel. The third day of the mobile exhibition was started from Narayangopal Chowk Maharajgunj at 10:00am covering the places; Budhanilkantha, Chundevi, Swayambhu, Sitapaila, Thapathali and Baneshwor.