A Social Enterprise Orfe Eco Art Program
Orfe EcoArt Program is a social enterprise that aims to stimulate creativity and environmental responsibility in children and youth through its ecological art program, understanding that a creative mind and responsible attitude are key to becoming an active member of society and contributing to the health and safety of one’s community.
Orfe EcoArt program relies on different artistic techniques and the use of recyclable materials to stimulate children to reach their full creative potential, while at the same time closely following the environment-related educational curriculum. The program exposes children to concepts such as sustainability, environmental awareness, the 3 R’s of the Waste Management System (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle), and creative approaches to social change.
Since 2014. Orfe EcoArt program has been in several schools in Toronto (TDSB, TCDSB), and has been taking note of what has been happening inside of the schools and what can be done better to minimize the waste created by consumerism and improve the good practice of Reduce, Re-Use, and Re-Purpose, to reduce the among of waste going to the landfill.
The mission of Orfe is to inspire the new generation to be leaders and innovators with environmentally conscious, by providing the Orfe EcoArt programs in an eco-friendly environment where they can learn through experience, experimental art techniques, and a hands-on approach.
“To turn around the heart of our culture by building a more compassionate world, where children with their creativity, uniqueness, and environmental conscious want to be the leaders who transform the world in a better place to live.” Orfelina Millan, Founder.
- Community involvement
- Ecological Consciousness
- Social Responsibility
- Self Confidence
The above values align with the principle: ‘‘As you take care of the planet, you are also taking care of others, in the present and future’’ and are the core of Orfe’s philosophy:
We’ve seen that when children do generous things for others, they are not only helping per se but they in turn, also feel a sense of accomplishment and contentment.
Orfe Eco-Art program offers a friendly and caring atmosphere, it brings attention to the beauty of nature and our surroundings and it provides an Eco-friendly environment by applying the principle of Reduce, Re-use, and Re-purpose
Through these practices, we strengthen very important aspects in the life of children: The Values.
Kids learn to use resources wisely and try to use less than usual in order to avoid waste. For example, we clean and dry the brushes with recyclable pieces of old clothes to avoid the use of paper towel; the leftover paint on the pallets are collected in the same or different containers. We minimize the use of water when we have to rinse the utensils used in classes. We encourage children to avoid buying unnecessary things. They learn that they can reduce waste when reusing the resources available in their environment.
Children see how at Orfe we reuse material in their original form instead of throwing them away, e.g. the food containers to be used to clean or collect items during the class. We reuse as much as we can. The elements used during and for the entire program like the tablecloths are reused for some creation of a new artistic project; the color pallets come from plastic food containers and are reused in each class; the brushes at the end of their useful life are used as a type tool or for element or piece of art.
Children find new ways to repurpose items. We provide a variety of recyclable and organic materials such as food boxes, bottle cans, bottle caps, toilet paper tube, dry sticks, orange and lime peels, etc., that have been previously collected and treated. These recycled materials are provided while retaining their original form, so children can experience the power of creativity and transformation of mundane objects into works of art.