Over ten-thousand women are trafficked from Nepal into India every year. It is necessary for this epidemic to be addressed; however, how does one depict such a heavy topic through symbolism while simultaneously painting hope and love? “The Wall of Hope” is a campaign led by Bev Hoffman that transforms deteriorating walls around Nepal with colors of love, destiny lines of freedom written into the hand prints of students and the dreams of people freed from trafficking. This week the World Painting Tour joins forces with the Wall of Hope to Paint both the European Union Consulate and the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu,
A young boy with broken sandals, feet torn and weathered from the street and hair telling the tangled story of his short life, approached the Australian Embassy wall where my team and I were painting the #WallofHope mural. The boy stared at the two painted children with a glossy gaze for some time. He watched each of the artists’ hands intently as our brushes married paint with wall. He then moved slowly and curiously to the buckets of paint,
With change in the air and turmoil shaking up the world, the orphans of the #Aashray home for children with HIV/AIDS in Jaipur, India, have inspired my being to the core with their smiles, their positive outlook on life and their desire to learn in every moment. An average life expectancy for children born with HIV is 25 years and these beautiful youth remind us all that it is not about the quantity of time we have,
In the cultural capital of the Gujarat, India Robert Markey and I were invited by the Municipality and Sachin Kaluskar to participate in a project that has never been done before. Here in #Vadodara we have spent the last week painting together with five incredible Pithora artists, who have carried on their spiritual indigenous painting style for centuries. Pithora art is said to be a “dying art” because this beautiful art form has not been promoted,
Every child in our class is a “Slumdog Millionair”. They were not waiting around to win the lottery to get out of the slums, they earned their smiles by making a choice in life! They choose to find happiness regardless of the outside circumstances that are out of their control. They are millionaires of love! You can feel it in their joy and see it in their art! This last week the youth drew their designs, made their mosaics and painted their backgrounds without anyone telling them they cannot do something.
At the Surat airport in Western India Robert Markey and I were welcomed by Sagar and his incredible team from the NGO Pathshala NGO; a group of young adults who are “fighting against a ticking clock” to bring as much beauty into the world and into the hearts of the underrepresented youth as possible, before the pressures from society and family push them into marriage and the traditional lifestyle. These courageous volunteers of Pathshala work every day to plant the seeds of change,
There are many paths to arrive at the same destination. Although our team is accustomed to roughing it and sleeping just about anywhere along the journey of life, one week ago we climbed aboard a large ferry and were escorted to a cabin with beds and hot showers. A unique experience for us all, and a perfect opportunity to rest up on the overnight cruz to the island of Lesbos, Greece, before a huge amount of work. The refugees, on the other hand,
The warden opened the gates of the prison and we entered, using colors as our currency. We shared a powerful day painting with bank robbers, smugglers and drug dealers, behind the bars, inside the prison, in the mountains of Northern Greece. At the end of the day we returned toHabibi.Works Creative Center to find that 30 stranded Iraqi refugees sat in the downstairs of Habibi.Works. Our temporary home, thanks to our hospitable German hosts,
Last week was one to remember as the Chime In International Youth Ambassador crew joined forces with the NGO Fundación Viracocha in San Agustin, Colombia! It was a dream come true to bridge worlds together, sharing this powerful place, the archiological center of Colombia, and the beautiful people who have touched my life deeply over the past 8 years with friends and family of the north! Now forever bonded in intention and love for life and the spreading of beauty through hard work,
It was an incredible honor to direct this Mural on wood with artists from across the Americas in the 5th annual reunion of OMAI (organisacion mundial de los artistas integrados) in Tunuyan, Mendoza, Argentina! This painting will hang on the wall of the municipality theatre. Thank you to everyone who added their love and support to make this possible. This is the first of 10 murals that will painted around the world in the next three months. Stay tuned!