Artists, performers, entrepreneurs, and other creative minds gathered for the first ever WYAAP Creative Jam held on December 5, 2015 at 47 East and Espinosa Arts and Design (EADE) in Quezon City, Philippines.
Organized by World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYAAP), the Creative Jam is a one-day celebration of creativity for social development. This year, the event took off with the theme, “How to Imagine.”
The event sought to empower the youth by encouraging them to creatively visualize a better society, communicate their ideas through art, and to use their creative potential in addressing societal issues that need innovative solutions.
The WYAAP Creative Jam had three major components—an Art Exhibit with live art demos, Creative Talks, and an Evening Mixer. From 65 applications, 14 artists were chosen to exhibit their pieces at the event. The Creative Jam showcased twenty-eight artworks that best captured the theme, and showed great talent and skill from the various artists. It showcased photography, watercolour painting, digital art, collage art, and lettering.
Simultaneously, seven live demo artists amazed the guests with their skills and incredible talent. The line-up consisted of Alfred Marasigan for fine art painting, Miguel Robleza of Katipunan Kreative for Baybayin writing, Carl Graham of Belle Studio for film, Leo Natividad of Origami Pilipinas for origami, Slo Lopez of Sloperation: Makeup by Sylvina Lopez for makeup art, and Dennis Conopio and Paul Imbong for illustration wall art.
Alfred produced a stunning painting of his model; Miguel taught the guests how to write in baybayin and even wrote some words and messages for some guests; Leo displayed his famous origami lanterns and taught the guests how to make their own paper animals and paper flowers; Slo transformed her model through makeup; and Dennis Conopio and Paul Imbong created colourful and intricate illustrations through their wall art.
Towards the latter part of the afternoon, the guests had the opportunity to listen to three accomplished speakers. Dana de Guzman and Miguel Robleza of Katipunan Kreative focused on the topic of “Design and Collaboration for Social Change,” and shared their insights on how their group produces “social design” for various projects. They believe that good design can make people listen and can influence positivity in society.
Andy Rapista, co-founder of Watson Institute, also graced the Creative Talks as she focused on the topic of “Transforming Problems into Opportunities.” Andy and the rest of her team at Watson Institute believe that young entrepreneurs are capable of “solving our world’s toughest social, economic and environmental challenges.”
The Ateneo Musician’s Pool opened the Evening Mixer with a strong musical performance, led by vocalist and WYAAP intern, Brian Pineda. Following their set was professional dancer and choreographer, Phillip Pamintuan.
Phill capped off the event by sharing about his passion for dance, and how this art form can give hope to children in the slums through his involvement with the organization, Hip Hop 4 Hope. Phill also brought the “Jam” to the event by leading the crowd to discover their own movement through freestyle dance.
The WYAAP Creative Jam was made possible through its partnership with 47 East and EADE. WYAAP would also like to recognize the support of ClickTheCity.com, WhenInManila.com, STABILO Philippines, and Boleros Artisan Meatballs.
Finally, WYAAP would like to give its deepest gratitude to its interns and volunteers, who made a significant role in preparing for and executing the event, and to the guests who supported our first ever Creative Jam.
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