1. Children Charity Foundation Aitan Lapsi
  2. With the support of donators, children can visit art museum for free

    Children Charity Foundation Aitan Lapsi launched a new project in co-operation with the Estonian Art Museum. The project is inviting all schoolchildren to free visits in the museums that form a part of the Estonian Art Museum. The project is brought to life by environmentally conscious people who have contributed via reverse vending machines to Children Charity Foundation Aitan Lapsi.


    „Guiding Children to Art“ opening event took place yesterday at the 9th anniversary of KUMU where children could, among other things, and with the help of designers, create new designs for the front panels of reverse vending machines. A RVM was installed in the museum lobby, so the children could see how the machine works and learn about the importance of recycling packages.

    Co-operation with the Estonian Art Museum is according to the member of the board of the CCF Aitan Lapsi, Rauno Raal, the most natural extension that brings in addition to theatre and literature also art closer to children: „Since the beginning of the project, 43 000 children in Estonia have been able to enjoy theatre performances and from the spring of 2014, all the children’s wards in hospitals have book caroussels. As of now, children have also the opportunity to visit art museums free of charge and we have to extend our thanks to all the kind people who have supported us by contributing to the charity foundation via the RVMs.“


    „There is a little genius hidden in every child but if the talent is not recognised or it goes unnoticed, it might never be expressed. Therefore, every child should try various creative activities to find out what is inspiring, what makes the child to create and fly. I am very happy that in addition to theatre and books we can now offer access to fine arts,“ said the patron of the charity foundation Aitan Lapsi, Evelin Ilves.


    During the „Guiding Children to Art“ project, schoolchildren have the opportunity to visit KUMU and Kadrioru Art Museums and Mikkeli, Niguliste and Adamson-Eric museums free of charge. Each such visit to the museums of Estonian Art Museum takes place within the framework of special education programme. The programmes that involve practical art activities, are interactive and complement the art history lessons at schools. The education programme of the Estonian Art Museum offers joy of discovery and exploration to schoolchildren at any age. It is also a wonderful opportunity for language immersion. The education programmes are instructed by museum lecturers or art specialists and they have been made up according to children’s age. In order for the students to visit museums for free and take part in the education programme, the schools have to register on the website of the Estonian Art Museum.

    The budget for the programme during the first semester is 10 000€, half of it is the funds donated to Aitan Lapsi and the other half is covered by Kumu.


    Total amount of donations to Aitan Lapsi in 2014 exceeded 93 000€, 70 000€ went toward children’s theatre visits. The book carrousel project in co-operation with Estonian Children’s Literature Centre was supported with 16 500€. As a result, all the children’s wards in all the hospitals were provided with book caroussels filled with new books and board games. In addition, the foundation donated 5000€ to charity events of Foundation Minu Unistuste Päev and 3000€ to theatres’ visits to Haapsalu Neurological Rehabilitation Centre.


    Additional information:

    Rauno Raal

    Member of the board of Children Charity Foundation Aitan Lapsi


    Tel: 5169788





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