The children from the Hope and Homes for Children programmes decorated the tree at the National Museum of Art of Romania

On Monday, December 19th, the educational partnership between Hope and Homes for Children Romania and the National Museum of Art of Romania was launched during an event at the museum. The children from our programmes in Bucharest and Baia Mare created ornaments for the traditional Christmas tree placed on the ground floor of the National Gallery. They received help in decorating the tree from artists, museum representatives, celebrities, sponsors, journalists and supporters of the organisation. Among them were Dragoș Bucurenci, spokesperson of Hope and Homes for Children, Călin Stegerean, general director of the National Museum of Art of Romania, violinist Alexandru Tomescu, Vladimir Drăghia, Omid Ghannadi, architect in the “Extreme Makeover – Home Edition” TV show, Otniela Sandu and Andrei Zamfir, competitors in the “Survivor” show on PRO TV, Marius Pancu (Digi 24) and Cristian Botan, councillor within the Prime-Minister’s office.

„Our Christmas Tree” is the first project within this educational partnership through which children from our programmes can enjoy visits to the museum and will participate in creation workshops to develop their critical thinking and creativity.

In December, the National Museum of Art of Romania (NMAR) initiated an educational partnership with Hope and Homes for Children through which children and young people from our programmes will be able to discover the artwork hosted by the museum in guided tours and to participate in creation workshops which will help them develop their creative skills all through the year 2017. The first activity within this partnership was to create decorations for the traditional Christmas tree at the museum. 50 children aged between 4 and 18 years from the Hope and Homes for Children programmes in Bucharest and the SGH Grivitei 37 in Baia Mare participated in this activity. Each of them used their talent to create different ornaments, such as angels, trees and snowmen.

On Monday evening, 40 children from “Pinocchio” Placement Centre in Sector 3 and from the programme to prevent the separation of children from their families run by Hope and Homes for Children in partnership with the general Directorate for Social Work and Child Protection in Sector 3 were the guests of the National Museum of Art of Romania and participated in an educational programme designed especially for them in the Modern Romanian Art Gallery. The evening brought more surprises for the children and for the other guests. Together, they decorated the tree with the ornaments created by the children, they listened to the carols sung by the “Madrigal” choir, they enjoyed fragranced teas, gingerbread and took snapshots of each other.

It is noteworthy that the National Museum of Art of Romania has been increasingly open to the community and to some of its most vulnerable citizens – the disadvantaged children. I am positive that the memory of this visit will stay with them for a long time and the fact that the ornaments they created ended up on the Christmas tree of the largest art museum in Romania will motivate them to tackle any of life’s obstacles in order to achieve their potential and their dreams.”, said Dragoș Bucurenci, spokesperson of Hope and Homes for Children.

The partners of this event were UPC Romania, who offered presents to the children who did the decorations for the tree, Gitana Winery, Infinitea Tea House, Bunătărie and IWA Christmas Bazaar 2016.