Welcome to the Nabachika foundation for the citizen arts

featured project: Penciljam

Penciljam is a group-based, on-location sketching community that meets on weekends to sketch their local neighbourhoods.

What we do at the nabachika foundation

build communities for citizen art

The Nabachika foundation was set up to promote Citizen Art as a movement that encourages visual self-expression and creative practice in our communities.


Over the past 15 years, our flagship project, Penciljam has conducted over a 1000 such community drawing sessions.


This grassroots approach to art-making empowers people to become active creators rather than passive consumers of visual culture.

Sketching at the Malleshwaram Flower Market in Bengaluru. Watercolours and Brushpen.

When Scissors met Paper - A Children's Storybook designed and executed by Keerthana Srinivasan.

Project support network for Artists

The Trellis Program is designed to help artists plan and execute complicated artistic projects. Trellis is a peer-based support network that handholds artists through the process of taking projects from an Idea stage to completion.

15 years of impact, and counting...

For a decade and a half, The Nabachika Foundation has developed Art based programs to benefit Early Childhood Learning, Special Needs Interventions, Citizen Art Communities and Resilience in Organisations, using Art as a bridge.

Our website is currently undergoing an overhaul, and we are excited to share our programs and the impact that we have created over the years. Please bookmark this site and visit us again soon.

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