Nepal Children's Art Museum

Nepal's FIRST Children's Art Museum provides hands on art experience, encourages literacy and empowers youth in Nepal
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Nepal Children's Art Museum (NCAM) will be the first of its kind, a creative space where children can learn, play, create and just be children. NCAM is a multidimensional project with three main objectives: provide hands-on art experience to children, encourage literacy through art, and empower youth in the community.

Nepal Children’s Art Museum (NCAM) will be based in Kathmandu, Nepal. In conjunction with public schools, private schools, several community organizations and local artists, it will be the first sustainable art space for Nepali children and youth.

The museum will start out with a two room space that will serve as an exhibition space and an education room with a mini library, a media corner with a projector to screen educational and exciting documentaries every Saturday morning for free and a workshop space fully stocked with art supplies.


Political instability, a low literacy rate, lack of access and out-of-date views all conspire to keep children from the joy of art. Art in Nepal struggles to be recognized as a key part of child development.

As a Nepali artist and social worker, I dream of making art a valuable part of the lives of Nepali children, giving them opportunities that me and my friends never had growing up.

So I thought how cool would it be to let children be their silly selves and make art?

As my mentor, friend and International Graffiti Artist, Caleb Neelon (Sonik) put it:

“…it really comes down to giving each kid a little tickle of success and fun with their art-making each time…”

- Sneha

Earlier this year, Sneha was awarded The World Learning Advancing Leaders Fellowship  which provided seed funding to establish the Nepal Children’s Art Museum. NCAM was originally going to be set up in a rented space but now it looks like we might have the opportunity to design and build our own. We found a wonderful 1200 sq. ft. rooftop space in the heart of Kathmandu. How we could pass that up?! This Indiegogo campaign aims to cover the additional costs of building the Museum from the ground up and ensure that the Nepal Children's Art Museum will be a truly sustainable venture.

Your contributions will go towards:

  • Construction and labor $6000 
  • Media Center $1500
  • Bookshelves and furniture $500 
  • Electricity Generator $500 
  • (Budget calculation takes Indiegogo's fees into account)

NCAM Exhibitions & Workshops

NCAM's first projects will be two twelve-weekend art workshops on Nepali culture for children and local artists, resulting in two exhibitions.

Alphabet Workshop

A twelve-weekend workshop with 30 at-risk youth from Panchakanya School to reveal the Nepali alphabet as more than just text, but also as an art form. The workshop will end with the publication of a book of the Nepali alphabet that will have the potential of being used as an educational book in primary school curriculums

Art for Children Workshop

The second twelve-weekend workshop will be with ten local up-and-coming artists and teachers from a traditional public school and from a progressive learning private school. Together, these educators will develop ideas for an engaging art exhibition for children of all ages. An artist residency program of five weeks will follow the workshops, giving the ten artists enough time to produce artwork for the exhibition, geared towards encouraging children to use their imagination.

These workshops and residencies will introduce the children’s art museum as a hub for art production to start off the first few art exhibitions.

Other NCAM Works

Teen Ambassadors: 

Highschool students will talk about NCAM at their schools and host storytelling afternoons. Teen Ambassadors will be trained and provided a stipend

NCAM Events

The children’s museum space will have the potential to be converted into an event rental venue for other institutions. Renting will provide a source of revenue and exposure for NCAM. It would also be available for other artists to exhibit their work for a nominal fee.

Vent Venue

The space will also be used as a Vent Venue, where there will be weekly “vent” sessions for high-school teens to use art as healthy outlet for self-expression

NCAM Publications

There is high demand for bilingual books but almost no supply, and we aim to be a key provider of this resource by creating education books through our workshops. The sales of the books will generate continuous income for programming and basic art supplies.


NCAM will offer its creative expertise of established artists and international guest speakers to educational institutions wanting to expand their arts curriculum.

Sneha Shrestha, also known as IMAGINE, is a Nepali artist based until recently, in Boston creating unique art pieces that mesh the Nepali alphabet and Boston street art. She has shown her work in several exhibitions, commissioned works and public walls in Kathmandu, Boston, San Francisco, Bali and Istanbul. She is also an award-winning children’s book writer and illustrator.

Sneha has been committed to using art as a vehicle for positive social change, leading her to work as a Mentoring Artist in Painting and an Education Coordinator at Artists for Humanity in Boston, helping inner city youth for almost three years. In 2009, Sneha established a children’s library for a struggling public school and publish three bilingual children’s books. The library is sustained till today by the book sales and her t-shirt enterprise, MO:MO: NATION (linked).

Living and learning in the United States, Geneva and Bali for the past 7 years, Sneha has recently moved back to her hometown in Kathmandu to paint many murals and to establish Nepal’s first Children’s Art Museum.


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  • $10USD
    Shout it Out

    We'll send to your inbox an e-postcard and a video with tiny Nepali artists shouting THANK YOU! You get a shout out on the NCAM website too.

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $25USD
    Mural Support

    Your name on our Museum’s mural wall made by local Nepali artists and many tiny children hands! Plus, shouting THANK YOU video. All rewards more than $25 get this in addition to everything else!

    31 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $100USD
    Tee And Momos

    A limited edition Nepali graffiti letter print t-shirt created by MO:MO: NATION, a social enterprise that supports the children's library in one of NCAM's partner schools. (delivered by international courier service)

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $100USD
    Printing Press

    Choose between two of Imagine's amazing Nepali Graffiti works, a unique combination of Nepali letters, calligraphy and graffiti. You will receive a signed and numbered print of the work. (Delivered by international courier service)

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $250USD
    Handy Craft

    Your name in Nepali calligraphy letters written by Nepal's first female graffiti artist, also founder of Nepal Children's Art Museum! Your reward will be hand-painted on hand-made Nepali Paper, delivered straight from Nepal (but not by hand). (delivered by international courier service)

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $500USD
    Grade A,B,C

    Nepali alphabet photo book compiled from NCAM Community Outreach Program workshops made by 1st and 2nd graders of Kathmandu. (delivered by international courier service)

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $1,000USD
    VIP Status!

    Invitation to the grand opening of the Nepal Children’s Art Museum where you’ll get to meet all the tiny artists! Also we will give you a personalized tour of Kathmandu and it’s traditional and modern art scene! Hang out with local artists and see what they’re up to!

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  • $1,000USD
    Nepali Customs

    Can't make it to Kathmandu's art scene? We'll mail a part of Kathmandu art to you! You will receive a custom painting by IMAGINE. (delivered by international courier service)

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $2,500USD
    Booked And Loaded

    Our Library Corner named after you! “Come visit the ‘The (insert your name) Library Corner’ at NCAM! + Invitation to the grand opening of the Nepal Children’s Art Museum where you’ll get to meet all the tiny artists! Also we will give you a personalized tour of Kathmandu and it’s traditional and modern art scene! Hang out with local artists and see what they’re up to!

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