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|About||Art Power believes that art is transformative and can empower kids and young people to improve their lives and their communities.|
|Mission||Art Power is on a mission to change the lives of kids and young people by creating transformative art studios that build skills, nurture expression, and inspire self confidence in kids and adults facing difficult circumstances, and plants the seeds of positive change that improves their lives and their communities.|
Our story starts in 2012 in Cozumel when we started volunteering at an orphanage there. My husband, an artist blacksmith, worked tirelessly making beds for the kids, and security gates for the houses. I got the fun part, working with the kids painting murals and holding art studio sessions in the library.
Year after year we went back, until the routine was entwined into our Mexico life. The kids worked their way into our hearts, the community enchanted us..we grew to love the place.
One morning I bolted awake and excitedly exclaimed to my husband that we would create a non-profit so we could take what we were doing out into the community of San Miguel, they needed it as much as, if not more than, the orphanage. That was February 2017.
A calling or a crazy idea, that has yet to be determined.
Things fell into place, so I guess it's a calling. Our application for a USA non-profit was approved in record time, the vision developed for our service, a location for a studio was, well, dropped into our laps.
Partnerships were formed for getting in front of the kids and people who needed us most, alliances were formed so we could operate in Mexico... The studio was renovated for us, construction was a crazy whirlwind of activity. We are due to open our brick and mortar location in July of 2018.
In the meantime, I rely on volunteers in Cozumel to help me pull it off as an outreach service. Finding art supplies we need is not so much as an errand as it is a "hunt and gather expedition" and I only have a bike, so a friend volunteers to drive me on these expeditions. Another person drives me and a bin full of art supplies to a church across town so I can bring the creative transformative experiences to the kids who have nothing. And still others volunteer to help translate my very-poor-but improving Spanish for our activities for the kids and adults.
We are doing it, but we certainly aren't doing it alone.
The kids in the sessions are hungry for creativity and ex