Under the theme of “Shaping Common Spaces”, BeMA, in partnership with the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education, will be implementing its Artists in Residency Program directed at the Lebanese Public School System for the second year, in 10 public schools, covering the whole Lebanese territory. The launch of this program was announced during a meeting that took place at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, in the presence of Mr. Fadi Yarak, General Director of Education , Sandra Abou Nader, founding member of BeMA, Maya Hage, project curator, as well as the concerned public schools' directors and the participating artists.During the meeting, Sandra Abou Nader expressed her "profound satisfaction regarding the warm welcome BeMA received from the Ministry and participating schools who contributed to the program's success which helped developing tools of interaction, and dialogue for the young generation who will now be capable of self-expression through art, ". Abou Nader also highlighted the fact that "the key objective of this initiative is to prove that school life expands beyond traditional teaching techniques. School can thus become a place that offers its youths new means of expression and communication."
The residency program for the public schools consists in an immersive series of classroom sessions conducted by an artist for a period of 6 to 8 weeks, at a frequency of one to two times a week, to coincide with the scheduled art periods in the present curriculum. The residencies are carried out in the selected schools’ facilities where the artist works with the same group of students and their classroom teacher for the entire duration of the residency project.
The artist leads the students, with the support of the art teacher in a creative process, and the residency culminates in a tangible outcome such as artwork (paintings, ceramic tiles, panels, puppets, video art, silkscreen, sculptures, photography etc.) that can later on be used to equip/decorate the school building, or be exhibited or performed etc.
BeMA had already implemented a pilot project in 2017-2018, its success led to prolong the program for 10 additional years, eventually covering forty schools
Selected Schools for 2018-2019 (Year II)
- Kamal Jumblatt Public School- Chouf, Mount-Lebanon
- Public School « Äl oula » -Jbeil, Mount Lebanon
- Public School Haret Saida - Saida, South Lebanon
- Tyre Public School for Girls-Tyre, South Lebanon
- Al-Jadida Public School Zahlé- Zahlé, Bekaa
- Emir Chakib Arslan Public School- Verdun, Beirut
- Rachel Eddé Public School Sebeel - Zghorta, North Lebanon
- Al-Daoura Mixed-gender Public School- Akkar North Lebanon
- Mixed-gender School of Damour- Chouf, Mount-Lebanon
- Broumana Intermediate Public School, Broumana, Mount Lebanon
Selected Artists for 2018-2019 (Year II)
- Chantale Fahmi
- Soraya Ghezelbash
- Ghaleb Hawila
- Léna Merhej & Collective Samandal
- Studio Kawakeb