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These Kids Can’t Go See Art–So The Art Comes To Them

By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven

On May 18–International Museum Day–in 2009, a little white bus headed out of the Jordanian National Art Gallery and made its first trip to the city of Salt, where an eager group of children was waiting. Since then, once every week this little bus packed with paintings and colored crayons has brought pieces of rainbow to thousands of kids all over the kingdom.

As soon as the classroom fills up, renowned Jordanian artist Suheil Baqaeen shows the kids a series of paintings by both local and international artists, stirring up a lively discussion of the forms and shades of emotion in each one. This never fails to inspire many tiny hands and dedicated expressions to transform imagination into unique masterpieces.

Launched under the patronage of HRH Princess Rajwa Bint Ali, the touring museum aims to increase artistic and cultural awareness in villages and remote rural areas, and encourage young people to persevere in developing their talents. And since many children may not have the chance to visit the National Gallery on their own, the gallery comes to them.

For this year’s International Museums Day, Suhail is holding an exhibition in the National Art Gallery’s gardens, where 20 students from the Royal Academy for the Blind will show their work, “Seeing is Believing”, in tandem with various artistic workshops.

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Sami Haven

Sami Haven was born in Amman, Jordan, in 1987. His mother is originally from Yabroud, Syria, and his father is English born in the Caribbean. He grew up in his grandmother's house in Jabal al-wehbdeh, in the heart of Amman. In 2003 Sami moved to Al-Saru, on the outskirts of Amman, where he studied graphic design at Al Ahliyya University, graduating with the highest grades of his class. In 2005 he moved to Rome, Italy, where he did his masters in Photography. Sami worked with the world's most famous photographers like Steven Klein and Oliviero Toscani, along with many others. His works have been included in the Biennale of Venice directed by Kazuyo Sejima, Paris-Photo, and also in Tokio. After working in various editions of X-FACTOR Italia - making video clips for the contestants - in theatre with Fendi, and in the high fashion industry, Sami felt there was something missing, and so he decided to go to Gaza, Palestine, because it is an example of resistance and humanity, and to try and contrast the image constructed by the Western media that serves only the powerful. Today Sami is co-funder and part of an on growing conceptual group called Jasmine. A group united through passion against fear, a smell that's to spread out from the Mediterranean like a virus, to contaminate the world with Love, and heal from indifference. All can be part, and all shall be armed: Culture, Art, Music and Sport shall be our weapons of mass construction.

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