Here’s Why US artist Benjamin Swartez wants to meet PM Modi

Vadodara, Jan 30 (PTI) Benjamin Swartez, an artist from United States, wants to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to brief him about his projects related to world peace and art therapy.

Swartez has travelled 57 countries for providing art therapy to people of all age.

“Among many others, I have brought my unique courses of art therapy to handicapped children in Argentina, India and to kids affected by war in Congo, Uganda, Israel and Bosnia,” Swartez told PTI.

“From Vadodara, I will be going to Jaipur where I will visit an orphanage and provide art therapy session to the occupants there. After that, I will go to Nepal for helping sex workers and rescue them,” said Swartez, who runs an NGO Voices of Children in the US.

“Recently I undertook Syrian Refugee Art Therapy project and taught therapy to over 800 former child soldiers for which I stayed for three months in Syria,” he added.

Swartez, another US based artist Robert Markey and pithora artist Mansingh Dhanji earlier joined hands for making paintings on the outerwall of Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) owned Sir Sayajirao Nagargruh (town hall) located in Akota area of the city.

Municipal commissioner of VMC Vinod Rao, said, “Changing the face of this town hall through this unique blending of western and pithora arts will attract more tourists to the city.”

Markey said “I have visited 8 countries including Sri Lanka and done mural paintings there with help of local NGOs there.