Gallery of International Toys Art
Description: Heng-Shan Community has spent 5 years reviving the lost traditional toy culture on a historic trail. For more than 200 years, this path had been a transport corridor trading salt and rice, and Heng-Shan became a cultural town since various toys and stories left by travelers. Today, people get back the disappearing Taiwanese folk toys, even recalled childhood memories by one hundred story paintings. There are, furthermore, a series of innovative toys were created with cultural thinking which were awarded Taiwan Good Craft (C-Mark) certificate in 2016. This summer, as keeping building up a “Folk Toys Town”, Heng-Shan Community plans to make the historic trail an interactive gallery with not only Taiwanese but also international toys.
Type of Work: 1. Assist the painting work of the large scale interactive toy. 2. Color the wall along the river as an art gallery. 3. To integrate into the community by interacting with local students and the elderly.
Accommodation: 1.The toy cultural center of Heng-Shan occupies about 500 square meters, and the building area, including 3 houses, is about 200 square meters. It will be used for accommodation for volunteers. 2.Local residents might host volunteers during holidays.
Language: English, Taiwanese, Chinese Mandarin
Requirements: 1) To be interested in painting or large scale installation art. 2) For helping locals know your culture more, please bring 2-3 typical toys or related books from your country/hometown. 3) The most special and interactive folk toys from international volunteers might be chosen to be the model of large scale interactive art installation.
Approximate Location: No.76-1, Yonghe Rd., Daya Dist., Taichung City 428, Taiwan
Notes: 1.International volunteers would enable more toys from all over the world found in Heng-Shan, built up together as a 200-meter interactive toys gallery, and, in addition, encourage Taiwanese toy culture to be seen by the world. 2.International volunteers are expected to be Taiwanese folk toys ambassadors, who have fun with the seniors and primary students with toys, as well promote Taiwanese toy culture to the world. 3.To share diverse folk toy cultures of new immigrants, then link up 400 years of Taiwanese folk toy culture on the historical trail. 4.To innovate interactive toys and wall-paint the international toys image with local toy-making experts. Therefore, through the global toy cultures or Taiwanese people’s lives you learn, arrange a unique international folk toy festival !