A six-month-long program was designed for Nepali artists who wish to develop their creative and artistic talents in an unstructured setting in Hawaii. Artists chosen to participate must have a clear personal goal to develop a specific project or skill. We hope to accept one Nepali artist per year. Living and transportation expenses are funded by The Nepal Foundation and individual donations.

The program includes a stay in a private residence, with opportunities for meeting American neighbors and artists, sightseeing, and learning about the American way of life. Special emphasis is placed on learning how democracy works in the US.

The Artist-in-Residence program is modeled after a similar and highly successful program in Ireland for US artists. The Nepali artists accepted into the program are expected to practice their skills and develop their talents through independent study which may include work on a thesis for educational credit. As appropriate and possible, informal concerts / exhibits of their work will be arranged.

Several artists, including our Project Director for the Basa Project, Yadav Rai, participated in this program. We deemed it valuable, but were ultimately faced with the U.S. Embassy’s denial of visas for the candidates we chose, some published and well-known in Nepal.

If this situation changes, we will post that information here. For now, we will continue to focus on the Basa Project.

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