İGA, Brings Together Art and Children at İstanbul Modern

İGA, brought 70 kids, living in the settlement areas close to Iİstanbul New Airport project site, to İstanbul Modern’s specially prepared workshops. Children, between the ages of 8 to 13, worked with professional dancer, sculptor, musician and graffiti artists to create Works of arts which will be exhibited once the airport has opened.  

İGA, who assumed the construction and 25-year operational rights of the world’s largest airport ever built from scratch, brought children, living around the project site, and art together at İstanbul Modern. In the scope of Social Investment Program run in nine villages neighboring airport project land, İGA created art workshops in Istanbul Modern for children, between the ages of 8 and 13, living in Arnavutköy and Eyüp districts.       

For the majority of the children, it was their first visit to a museum. They worked together with professional dancers, sculptors, musicians and graffiti artists, enjoying the chance to develop their imagination. İGA Airport Construction’s CEO Yusuf Akçayoğlu, expressing that they wished to be remembered with the contribution and social investments they have been making in the region along with building an exemplary airport in the world, said the following: “Especially the youth and women living in the districts around the project site is at the center of our investment program. Developing projects that will touch their lives is a priority for İGA as we will be living together in this region for the next 25 years. Children represent the future of this country, it is important for them to discover themselves and to advance and maintain this heritage going into the future. In this context, we will exhibit the works of arts produced by these children during this project, once the airport opens its doors. This way, these works of art will inspire other youngsters and children who travel

70 participants in total in five different workshops 

Children and youngsters enjoyed the artistic experience with the sculpture workshop of Seçkin Pirim, music workshop of Asena Akan, dance workshop with Tuğçe Tuna and graffiti workshop with Çağrı Küçüksayraç. A total of 70 students participated in the event.

Dance and Movement Workshop: Children who participated in this workshop worked with Choreographer and Academician Tuğçe Tuna on kinesthetic memory, coordination through energy and creative movement, building confidence and bodily awareness. Choreographer Tuğçe Tuna defined the workshop as an experience where children discover limits, their relation to space and every other component around them, in other words an experience where they will discover themselves.   Artist Seçkin Pirim, in her sculpture workshop, taught how to design an art piece using ordinary materials. 45 works of art designed by children during the workshop with the theme of dreams hidden in stones will be exhibited when the airport opens its doors.   Music loving youth and children came together in the Music Workshop and most of them were introduced to music instruments for the first time in their lives. Children built bridges between words and sounds with their emotions and thoughts by making their own musical pieces, with the guidance of jazz musician Asana Akan

Graffiti became an important part of street culture in recent years. At the Graffiti Workshop, artist Çağrı Küçüksayraç got together with children. The workshop started by talking about graffiti examples from across the different cities of the world, then the children met with different materials, made their sketches and turned them into graffiti. 

In the framework of Social Investment Program, just like this one, we have realized 210 projects since 2016, all of them focusing on creating societal and social benefit especially in the activity region. Within the same scope, İGA carries out many projects targeting educational institutes and students. Back in 2016, IGA, collaborating with Arnavutköy Tolga Eti Primary School and Durusu Roma Association, had brought together Roma children and art and the project was awarded the International Corporate Social Responsibility Prize by the Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs Association.