Tashkeel is inviting residents to participate in a range of imaginative and fresh spring workshops that will allow them to connect with nature, strengthen critical thinking and self-awareness, and relieve stress.

The limited-capacity workshops have been designed to inspire the community to continue their creative pursuits even as they face uncertainties and anxiety due to the pandemic. Workshops and events will be conducted according to physical distancing rules, and health and safety guidelines issued by the Dubai Government.

“Our ‘normal’ has been disrupted due to the pandemic and that has affected our mental and physical well-being. It has become more important now to explore creative avenues for expression, growth, healing and self-discovery. Our Spring Season workshops and talks for adults will allow them to engage with a community of like-minded creatives and develop new skills and innovative thinking,” says Lisa Ball-Lechgar, the deputy director of Tashkeel.

Tashkeel is also running its Afterschool Arts Club for ages 8-12 years every Tuesday from 4-6pm until 9 March, and the Tashkeel Spring Camp from March 28 to April 1.

“Many children are currently dealing with feelings of anxiety, isolation, and boredom. A report from UNICEF highlights how young people cut off from support are at greater risk of lasting psychological effects. By having an outlet to express what they feel inside in a productive way can lead to a sense of accomplishment. At a time of restricted social interaction and playtime with friends, art represents a powerful tool for providing a sense of stability.”