Regional Arts Programme
Over the past seven years, JVF has been researching and working with artistic communities from rural areas in Rajasthan. As traditional forms of patronage disappear, and modern forms of entertainment supersede traditional ones, JVF seeks to provide livelihood opportunities for struggling artists. It does this in three main ways:
- Research and documentation of artists in rural parts of Rajasthan
- JVF conducts talent-scouting and research trips to learn more about the lives and work of Rajasthan's artists, to see where support is needed, and find art forms that might be represented and showcased at festivals in other parts of Rajasthan.
- Support for local village festivals
- JVF supports existing secular festivals, by providing volunteers, expertise and sometimes financial assistance. When there is adequate demand, and local organisations are prepared to produce festivals, JVF will support the creation of new festivals.
- Showcasing artists and art forms
- In order to raise the profile and perceived value of their art forms, JVF facilitates performances at festivals throughout Rajasthan, at the Jaipur Heritage International Festival, and at the annual RIFF (Rajasthan International Festival) in Jodhpur. Artists receive broader exposure and access new markets for their work.
- Other support
- JVF also organises capacity-building workshops, facilitates collaborations with international artists and offers recording opportunities. Wherever possible, JVF seeks to find and connect artists with sources of sustainable income.