Founder of VAST-Yangtse nom­i­nated for pres­ti­gious Asian In­spi­ra­tion Award

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Jigme Wangchen from T/yangtse

A founder of Vis­ual Artis­tic Stu­dio of Trashiyangtse com­monly known as Vast-Yangtse and a school teacher of Trashiyangtse Lower Sec­ondary School has been nom­i­nated for the pres­ti­gious Asian In­spi­ra­tion Award 2018 in the cat­e­gory of arts sched­uled on Novem­ber 30 in Sri Lanka.

Jigme Dorji has been nom­i­nated for his con­tin­u­ous ef­fort in vol­un­teer­ing in the com­mu­nity to pro­mote con­tem­po­rary art in eastern Bhutan and par­tic­u­larly in Trashiyangtse.

Talk­ing to Busi­ness Bhutan, Jigme Dorji said he is happy that his lit­tle ef­fort in pro­mot­ing con­tem­po­rary art in the small com­mu­nity of Trashiyangtse has been rec­og­nized by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

“Such an award is en­cour­ag­ing to fur­ther work in pro­mot­ing art in the coun­try,” he added.

Mean­while, Jigme Dorji is also a re­cip­i­ent of numer­ous na­tional and in­ter­na­tional awards, in­clud­ing the Grand Pix award in the world art con­test in 2002 where he rep­re­sented Bhutan. He also re­ceived the cer­tifi­cate of merit from in­ter­na­tional chil­dren’s art ex­hi­bi­tion in Swe­den in 2011, be­sides be­ing nom­i­nated for the vol­un­teer of the year award in 2014 for pro­mot­ing con­tem­po­rary art in Bhutan, es­pe­cially in Trashiyangtse.

VAST-Yang­ste has been play­ing a vi­tal role in pro­mot­ing art ed­u­ca­tion in eastern Bhutan and serves as a gath­er­ing place for young peo­ple of the com­mu­nity fo­cus­ing on art ed­u­ca­tion, so­cial works and phil­an­thropic projects.

Be­sides a hec­tic and te­dious teach­ing job in the school from Mon­day till Satur­day, Jigme Dorji, how­ever, still finds time in vol­un­teer­ing to teach ba­sic arts and in­ter­act­ing with the mem­bers.

He said such ini­tia­tives ben­e­fit the young peo­ple.

“Such ini­tia­tives and projects help youth to in­ter­act and ex­change their ideas among oth­ers and we also in­vite renowned artists in Yangtse to teach our youth,” he added.

Fur­ther­more, VAST-Yangtse not only or­ga­nizes sev­eral art com­pe­ti­tions and poster com­pe­ti­tions, but has also ac­tively par­tic­i­pated in var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional art com­pe­ti­tions, be­sides host­ing sev­eral lo­cal ex­hi­bi­tion and art in­ter­ac­tion camp for the youth.

Jigme Dorji de­scribes that the most mem­o­rable achieve­ment for VASTYangtse was when His Majesty The King vis­ited the art stu­dio in Yangtse in the be­gin­ning of 2018.

“We are show­ered with His Majesty’s per­sonal sup­port in­clud­ing the monthly gift (soelra) for stu­dio rent (Nu 10,000) as a ges­ture of love and ap­pre­ci­a­tion from the Throne in pro­mot­ing con­tem­po­rary art in eastern Bhutan,” he added.

Be­sides teach­ing ba­sic arts, Jigme Dorji said he likes to col­lab­o­rate with the com­mu­nity and ren­der so­cial ser­vices in the com­mu­nity.

“We join the com­mu­nity in beau­ti­fy­ing the dzongkhag and in ren­der­ing so­cial ser­vices which also in­still in us the sense of vol­un­tarism,” he said, ad­ding that he had also pro­vided other so­cial ser­vices like in “project pa­nyamkay­gay – em­pow­er­ing and ed­u­cat­ing ru­ral women”. The project aims to pro­vide easy ac­cess to safe san­i­tary nap­kins for ev­ery school girls in the re­mote schools and to sup­port the ru­ral women.

Mean­while, Jigme Dorji also has other plans in the pipe­line - to setup li­brary rooms and a mini ICT lab, and or­ga­nize an art in­ter­ac­tion camp with youths of other dzongkhags.

“We have also plans to ex­pand our art net­work with other dzongk­ags and in­vite in­ter­na­tional artists to teach our youths,” he added.

VAST-Yangtse, mean­while, is a non-profit con­tem­po­rary art cen­ter based in Trashiyangtse and was set up in mid-2012 in line with the Vol­un­teer Art Stu­dio of Thim­phu un­der the guid­ance and sup­port from Azha Karma Wangdi, a renowned Bhutanese Artist.

Mean­while, the pres­ti­gious Asian In­spi­ra­tion Award 2018 is or­ga­nized by the In­ter­na­tional Youth Com­mit­tee and will be at­tended by youth from over 100 coun­tries.

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