ARTEd is an endeavor to impart basic art education to young people in remote areas of Pakistan. This is our second
outreach activity. The idea was imagined by Aleem Dad Khan, a visual artist and art educator and further developed by Nadia Hussain (also, an artist/art educator). Both live and work in Islamabad, Pakistan. ARTEd is a voluntary education endeavor.
The ARTEd Outreach Workshops were designed to build an environment for cultural exchange and art education where it is not easily available, specifically in the mountain regions of Pakistan. The objective of the Chitral workshop is to create awareness and an understanding of art-making at the basic level for the young people in that area. The
workshop has also been designed to introduce art as a profession to those young people. Mehrbano Khattak, a graphic designer and art educator will be assisting us as a guest working member for this project.
We hope to help create a peaceful and tolerant environment of learning and exchanging ideas for a better future.
Chitral or Chetrar (Urdu: چترال), translated as field in the native language Khowar, is the capital of the Chitral District, situated on the western bank of the Kunar River (also called Chitral River), in Pakistan. The Chitral Valley is one of the most popular spots amongst mountaineers, anglers, hunters, hikers, naturalists and anthropologists. The town is at the foot of Tirich Mir, the highest peak of the Hindu Kush, 25,289 ft (7,708 m) high. It has a population of 20,000, while the district (of 14,833 km² or 5,727 sq mi), has a population of 300,000. The altitude of the valley is 3,700 ft (1,100 m). A narrow strip of Afghan territory, Wakhan, separates it from Tajikistan.
One of the major attractions of Chitral, is the famous Kalash valley - the home of the Kafir-Kalash or "Wearers of the Black Robes", a primitive pagan tribe. Their ancestry is enveloped in mystery and is the subject of controversy. A legend says that five soldiers of the legions of Alexander of Macedonia settled in Chitral and are the progenitors of the Kafir-Kalash.