Bangladeshi artist Tahmina Norin Sharmin grew up listening to folk music, which is often reflected in her paintings. She has always been inspired by her culture and heritage, monuments, beaches, forests and tribals, and wildlife of various species. Norin completed her B.F.A and M.F.A in painting from Shanto Mariam University of Creative Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh. She moved to New York in 2014, at which time, she wanted to grow her experience in teaching art. She joined CMA as a summer intern in 2015, and afterwards became a Fine Arts Teaching Artist. Share your thoughts on how art can change the world using the hashtag #CMACIVICKIDS!
What is civic engagement, in your own words?
It is an awareness.
Why is it important for an institution to encourage civic engagement?
An institution is like a lead team or group where people can join and share their ideas.
Why is it important to encourage children to become engaged?
Kids can learn about awareness from childhood. They can feel inspired and have their own thoughts, which is also important.
What strategies do you use to encourage kids in civil engagement?
Explain and ask about their own opinions.
How can art + technology help create a dialogue about civic engagement themes?
You can express through art and spread to the world through technology.
What is most challenging about educating kids in civil engagement?
Addressing the issue, explaining the facts, and future reference.
How do you address civic engagement in your own art practice?
Most of my art work is about folk musicians of my country Bangladesh. I not only made them the subject of my painting but also did research about them in my dissertation.
Have you learned anything about your own practice or civic engagement through working with children?
There is a difference between adults and kids in their way of thinking.
Are there any exhibitions or artworks that you have viewed recently that you found inspiring?
I recently visited an exhibition of sculptures, photography, and video installations that explore issues of female identity in contemporary life by acclaimed Bangladeshi artist Tayeba Begum Lipi at Sundaram Tagore Gallery.
This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. CIVICKIDS is sponsored by Google.