Mithila Center USA Announces Kids Art Workshop, Exhibition, and Award 2024

The Mithila Center USA, organizer of the annual Mithila Festival USA, is offering a chance for young artists to shine! The popular Kids Art Workshop, Exhibition, and Award program returns as part of the festival on April 14, 2024, in New York City.

This enriching program invites children aged 5-14 to participate in a day of artistic exploration. All participants will receive art supplies and be guided by professional artist mentors. The event will culminate in an exhibition of their creations, with local government officials presenting awards and trophies to all participants.

Showcasing Sustainability Through Art

The Kids Art Workshop is part of the Mithila Festival USA’s ongoing initiative to promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the vibrant Mithila folk art tradition. This year’s theme, “Art for SDGs: The Mithila Heritage,” focuses on UN Sustainable Goal 13: Climate Action. The young artists will create works that raise awareness about climate change and advocate for solutions.

Rooted in Tradition, Reaching New Heights

Mithila culture, originating from the ancient Mithila Kingdom (present-day southern Nepal and northern India), boasts a centuries-old artistic heritage. Traditionally created by women artists, Mithila paintings depict stories from mythology and religion, serving as both decoration and social commentary. This art form has gained international recognition, empowering women in rural communities with economic opportunities.

The Mithila Festival USA has garnered support from various government bodies in Nepal, India, and the United States. Following the success of their 2019 “Art for SDGs: The Mithila Heritage Exhibition” at the UN Headquarters, the Nepali government issued a series of 17 postal stamps featuring the SDGs depicted through Mithila paintings. New York City Mayor Eric Adams declared April 15th as “Mithila Culture and Festival Day” during the 2023 festival.

The Mithila Center USA, the festival’s organizer, is a non-profit organization founded by prominent Nepali American entrepreneur and community leader, Mr. Amit Pratap Shah. The Center is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the Mithila region. “The Mithila Festival USA is not only a celebration of our community,” says Mr. Shah, “but it also ensures the preservation of our heritage, particularly through engaging the next generation.” Their flagship program, “Art for SDGs: The Mithila Heritage Exhibition Initiatives,” aims to showcase the fusion of Mithila art with the SDGs, promoting cultural preservation and sustainable economic growth by empowering youth and women.

Registration for the Kids Art Workshop is now open at