ARTE Generali supports ‘phygital’ art workshops for kids held by refugee artist Dima Alrefai

Promoting creativity among kids and enabling a bridge between education, entertainment and art are the fundamental goals of  “Couleurs de la Vie” (Colours of Life), an art school for children and teenagers founded by Dima Alrefai.

Dima, a female entrepreneur, artist and art educator, arrived as a refugee from Syria three years ago. With the support of The Human Safety Net, the Generali Group’s community outreach program, she started the development of her business, only to be stopped by the pandemic early in 2020. ARTE Generali helped her move her art school online, starting with art workshops for the children of Generali Deutschland employees.

The project quickly turned out to be a great success. More than 50 families with their children applied for the workshops. As a result, Couleurs de la Vie embodies the “new normal” due to the Covid-19 crisis, characterized by a combination of digital and physical tools and means. Also, Dima’s endeavor is a perfect example of how projects and small businesses can thrive amid the pandemic.

As a life-time partner of art lovers, and driven by the purpose of fostering the sharing of art and creativity as values for society, ARTE Generali is happy to contribute to such innovative and creative projects, and, in this specific case, to discover and promote children’s artistic talents within a nourishing environment. Dima´s art school brings together young people, regardless of their gender, social class, culture or ethnicity, thanks to art and creativity.