SMILE Foundation based out of Delhi, (link to SMILE Foundation) has partnered with Pomegranate for some of its dynamic arts projects in Dharavi in Mumbai. Theatre in Education, My Voice My Community (an integrated arts program) and Create your own Graphic Novel are just some of the most exciting projects that Pomegranate is executing at Maulana Azad School, Dharavi
In 2015-16, Pomegranate partnered with the Department of Education of the Mayor’s office, New York that formulated a global summer program called the New York Global Partners Junior Summer Program where children from all over the world participated in a summer workshop module following the same curriculum at the same time. These are children from Lima, Buenos Aires, Johannesburg, Melbourne, South Korea, New York, Accra and Mumbai. The main aim of this program is for the children to develop a strong sense of awareness of their city, reflect on their own identities and how they are such an important force in their culture and community.
Pomegranate believes in bringing together students from different demographics to enable an enriching learning environment. Participants from various schools and communities came together to create beautiful and thought provoking art at this program.
In 2017-18, 20 teachers of VIDYA Foundation participated in our capacity building program, Pomegranate Reading Wings and have begun their journey of bringing stories into their classrooms.
12 teachers from VIDYA further trained in an intensive voice and theatre workshop called Voiceworks with renowned Theatre artist and facilitator, Joy Fernandes that culminated in a theatrical representation of The Story of Ferdinand as well as individual story readings by each teacher.
The capacity building workshop called Pomegranate Reading Wings works towards training reading program facilitators in low income communities with the aim to inculcate the reading habit in young learners and creating lifelong readers.
In 2018-19 Pomegranate collaborated with The Salaam Bombay Foundation to workshop over 200 students from over 10 BMC schools in Film Making, Stop Motion Animation and Creative Writing. Students have created films and stories after being completely immersed in intensive sessions facilitated by art experts from Pomegranate. A total of 40 Stop motion animation films, 4 documentaries and a Creative Writing Anthology has been added to the Salaam Bombay and Pomegranate archives.