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Digital Literacy for 2nd Graders

THE ART + LITERACY LAB

tablet-tool-with-a-finger-of-a-hand-making-pressure-on-touch-pad_318-33468What exactly can a Raspberry Pi accessorized with an SD card + WiFi dongle, 12 Amazon Fire Tablets,  a Library For All hub and $400 accomplish? These tools are providing lift-off to our digital literacy program. Stay tuned for educational progress reports, Live from Haiti!

Project HOPE Art offers a studio environment where students can learn to express themselves in a multitude of languages with an array of tools. With Literacy Rates on the Rise in Haiti, thanks to the decision to socialize schooling for K-8 in Haiti, the need for Technological Literacy is essential to complete integration into a modern global society.
PHA has partnered with Library for All on the ground in Haiti for a pilot program for 2nd Graders in Cite Soleil.

We are unlocking knowledge in the developing world with our digital library of quality, locally relevant ebooks.”

Support Project HOPE Art with a Donation. 

Thank you to Sora Edwards-Thro of  Unleashed Kids and College of William and Mary (& Rico, a staff member from Library for All) for leading the digital training.
Thank you to Dasher Technologies for providing seed money (just $400!) to jumpstart the pilot program.
Thank you to Haiti Communitere for hosting the digital training.
A BIG MESI to Luc Winter of the RAJEPRE School and Project HOPE Art for coordinating all the digital literacy efforts on the ground in Port au Prince, Haiti.

Next up? Digital Literacy in action. Our 2nd Graders are already working hard learning how to use the tablets and all the wonderful programs that will enrich their education. We think we’ll have to hire THEM to teach the next tablet training.

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We’re Hiring!

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The Contract Grant Writer will work with Project HOPE Art’s leadership team, Board of Directors, and volunteer program staff to increase revenue by expanding institutional fundraising efforts.

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, we are able to bring someone onto our fabulous team that can re-boot our funding sources and help us expand our educational platform using art + science. Are you our new super star? Are you unflappable? Tenacious? Dedicated to Developing World Education?  Are you comfortable with LOI’s? Collecting programming information and selling it to large scale donors? Awesome! Read on . . .

Our Contract Grant Writer will work in short spurts to seal the deal on grant applications large and small to provide project lift-off to a variety of art based educational initiatives.

Reporting to our Creative Director on the West Coast, this position will be a key member of our Development Team. Must be responsible for supporting the mission of Project HOPE Art by securing grants from corporations, foundations, individuals, and government agencies that support art and science education and service learning programs across Haiti and global education initiatives in developing countries around the world.

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-Maintain and oversee execution of grants
-Initiate ongoing communication with key PHA staff to analyze funding needs, gaps and opportunities
-Research, identify and qualify funding opportunities from corporate, foundation, and government sources.
-Develop an understanding of program content to ensure integrity and quality of proposal writing

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Bachelor’s Degree required, Masters preferred Minimum of 4 years of professional experience in grant writing and fundraising with successful track record for securing significant multi-year commitments from institutional donors A commitment to the mission of Project HOPE Art a must.

To be considered for the Contract Grant Writer position please submit cover letter, resume, and a list of grants you have successfully secured on behalf of international NGO’s to Melissa@projecthopeart.org – Project HOPE Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For additional information, please visit our website at http://www.projecthopeart.org

“TO INSPIRE, HEAL AND IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR CHILDREN IN NEED THROUGH THE CREATIVE PROCESS OF ART.”
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OJFA in Rainbows

The Rainbow Brigade || Lakansyel Squad … One of Project HOPE Art’s happiest afternoons in a long time. With just $20 worth of scrap fabric, 2 pairs of scissors, a flair for playing dress up, elaborate and inventive braiding skills, some portable lights – we wrapped the orphanage in rainbow braids.
Love Wins!

Our Art Director, Rachel Znerold started the Rainbow Braid idea in the States with various Musical Performers. We brought the idea to Haiti, on a small scale, in homage to the deep cultural history of African Braiding. Braiding hair was one of the few practices that slaves could hold onto and continue to openly practice in the New World.

We wanted to create a project that the girls at the orphanage could participate in with almost zero instruction and put their own flair and ideas into it. We wanted a whimsical, happy project. And we wanted to infuse solar lights into the project outcome as this orphanage does not have electricity and it gets dark at 5pm.

So here it is, the The Rainbow Brigade || Lakansyel Squad:

Braids are regarded as a cultural trait of the African people, and they can also be a fashion statement. The history of African tribes and the cultural significance of braiding is deep and long.

Africa is a large continent, which consists of innumerable tribes. The Massai and Zulu are among the primary tribes. Others include:

Afar
Anlo-Ewe
Amhara
Ashanti
Bakongo
Bambara
Bemba
Berber
Bobo
Bushmen
Chewa
Dogon
Fang
Fon
Fulani
Himba
Ibos
Kikuyu
Pygmies
Samburu
Senufo
Tuareg
Wolof
Yoruba

Tribal girls have varied cultures, and the hairstyles are unique and used to identify each tribe. Braid patterns or hairstyles indicate a person’s community, age, marital status, wealth, power, social position, and religion.

Elaborate patterns are done for special occasions like weddings, social ceremonies or war preparations. People belonging to a tribe can easily be identified by another tribe member with the help of a braid pattern or style.

Immense importance is given to the custom of braiding. The person who braids hair performs it as both a ritual and a social service. It is an art form taught by the senior female member of the family to her daughters and close friends. The person who braids well is considered an expert. The man or woman who braids does it as a social duty. No rewards are expected.

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-The Rainbow Brigade || Lakansyel Squad

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Help keep Project HOPE Art OPEN (for another year!)

third round_print_o-3We are skipping our annual Donor Dinner this year in lieu of a Holiday Auction. We are also asking for cold hard cash to keep us open, operating and able to help our friends in Haiti for another year.

Project HOPE Art is now a 501C3! To help support HOPE Art and keep art alive for kids in Haiti, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. Your donation is greatly appreciated!Please give what you can, every teensy little bit helps: https://www.paypal.me/hopeart

DONATE ONLINE NOW! SEND A PAYPAL DONATION TO: DONATIONS@PROJECTHOPEART.ORG

To Donate via Check: Please make checks out to Hope Art, Inc and mail to: Project HOPE Art, 2322 Humboldt Ave, Oakland, CA 94601. Please include a note that contains current contact information so that we can make sure you get a receipt for your donation. We are always open to accept donations, large and small. Thank you for your support!

HOW YOUR DONATION HELPS:

$50 gives art supplies to a hospital $100 provides a classroom of students sketch books to keep a creative journal $250 employs local interpreters for our artists $500 offers the opportunity for orphans to learn a creative trade $750 buys an artist transportation from the US to Haiti $1000 supports “the frame”; what holds PHA together and keeps us creative

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Chewed Paper Master: Charlotte Charles, Activist and Artist

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To meet 45 year old Charlotte is to meet the soul of Haiti. She is passionate, fierce, funny and vibrant. Not possessive of a vapid bone in her body, Madame Charles will take charge of any conversation and turn it into a confabulation about the rights of women in her beloved Haiti.

After the earthquake she managed a tent city in Jacmel. One of the only women that we know of to hold this difficult position. You can read about her experiences here and watch her here.

Madame Charles, is one of the few female artisans in Haiti. She develops her livelihood as a painter of vibrant Jacmellian papier-mâché . She has also become a mentor to other young women thinking about a career in the arts. A mother to one daughter, she represents women empowerment and encourages more Haitian women to become more entrepreneurial.

About the Horses: Artisanally crafted, these horses are carefully hand-painted and embellishes with an array of materials found in local marketplaces. Embellishments range from sequins, rhinestones, sisal rope, woven banana fronds, wigs, goat hair, glitter and anything else that can be foraged locally in craft stalls in downtown Jacmel. If you would like to purchase one of Madame Charlotte’s chevals (horses) simply email with her US friend, Melissa Schilling (melissa@projecthopeart.org) to make arrangements. Her horses range from $250-350 and support women’s rights arts programming.

About Jacmel: Jacmel is a commune in southern Haiti founded by the Spanish in 1504 and repopulated by the French in 1698. It is the capital of the department of Sud-Est and has an estimated population of 40,000, while the municipality (commune) of Jacmel had a population of 137,966 at the 2003 Census. The town’s name is derived from its indigenous Taíno name of Yaquimel.
The mansions of Jacmel with their cast-iron furnishings would later come to influence the home structure of much of New Orleans. Today, many of these homes are now artisan shops that sell vibrant handicrafts, papier-mâché masks and carved-wood animal figures. In recent years, efforts have been made to revitalize the once flourishing cigar and coffee industries. The town is a popular tourist destination in Haiti due to its relative tranquility and distance from the political turmoil that plagues Port-au-Prince.
The city has well-preserved historical French colonial architecture that dates back from the early nineteenth century and has little changed. The town has been tentatively accepted as a World Heritage site and UNESCO reports that it has sustained damage in the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

About Papier-mâché: French for “chewed paper”, is a composite material consisting of paper pieces or pulp, sometimes reinforced with textiles, bound with an adhesive, such as glue, starch, or wallpaper paste. For the paper strips method, the paper is cut or torn into strips, and soaked in the paste until saturated. The saturated pieces are then placed onto the surface and allowed to dry slowly.
The strips may be placed on an armature, or skeleton, often of wire mesh over a structural frame, or they can be placed on an object to create a cast. Oil or grease can be used as a release agent if needed. Once dried, the resulting material can be cut, sanded and/or painted, and waterproofed by painting with a suitable water-repelling paint. Before painting any product of papier-mâché, the glue must be fully dried, otherwise mold will form and the product will rot from the inside out.
In ancient Egypt, coffins and death masks were often made from cartonnage — layers of papyrus or linen covered with plaster.In Persia and Kashmir, papier-mâché has been used to manufacture small painted boxes, trays, étagères and cases. Japan and China also produced laminated paper articles using papier-mâché. In Japan and India, papier-mâché was used to add decorative elements to armor and shields.

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Bon Fet Dokte Koffee

On a sweaty January afternoon, a group of five Project HOPE Art volunteers stepped into a swirling jigsaw puzzle of human sounds, smells and sights. People were milling around on foot and taking up space in a collection of chairs that ranged from the three-legged plastic lawn chair propped on a wall to planks of wood carefully balanced on broken cinder blocks and rocks.
In the midst of the people hurricane was a dark-haired woman in a beige sunhat holding a clipboard. She put us to work painting, singing and embracing the members of the people hurricane.

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Visiting the Ti Kay Clinic one day in 2013, I was astonished. The place seemed empty. When I asked Dr. Coffee about it she laughed and said, “Didn’t you listen to National Radio this morning? There is a big hurricane coming.”
I had no idea there was a hurricane in the vicinity.
(Safety Third!)
Since I was there already, I turned on music and set about painting a mini-mural with all the kids at the clinic and quite a few adults.
And that is exactly how Dr. Coffee runs her clinic. She is around when there is no one else. She digs up resources, nurses and meals by rubbing two pennies together and blowing her magic on it.

Today we wish a Happy Birthday to one of our favorite project partners.
Bon Fet Dokte Koffe!

At her clinic, Ti Kay (little house in Haitian Kreyol), Dr. Megan Coffee or Dokte Coffee provides free, high-quality medical care to Tuberculosis and HIV patients in Haiti. Ti Kay, Inc. is a medical non-profit organization that aims to treat, and hence prevent, tuberculosis in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Based at the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince, HUEH (L’Hôpital de l’Université d’Etat d’Haïti), Ti Kay focuses on treating inpatients and outpatients. After the earthquake when the state sanatorium was not functional, the head nurse of the TB program and Megan Coffee, a US doctor, established an inpatient program for the care. The outpatient treatment was expanded after the earthquake.

Project HOPE Art has had the privilege of creating art with Ti Kay patients. Simple coloring projects and face painting added a light to an otherwise bed-bound day. Patients young and old gathered around every available surface with any marker available to join in on our murals. We hope to create some more creative chaos at Ti Kay soon!

If you’d like to donate directly, Ti Kay Haiti has ongoing needs for the following:
14 gauge venocaths
Oxygen concentrators
60 cc luer lock syringes
Small stopcocks
Protein powder
Protein bars
B6 vitamins
Milk powder
Iron pills
Please contact Dr Megan Coffee to arrange shipping at tikaycontact@gmail.com

We get by with a little help from our friends . . .

11219025_10153125715936195_336177969033008772_n Last Wednesday one of our favorite project partners, Ti Kay Haiti, suffered a devastating fire (the second time in their operational history) and lost nearly everything.
Utilizing our Bay Area resources we were able to pack a 50lb box of gauze, batteries, clipboards and sharpies, syringes, needles, gloves and various tweezers and scissors to send to Haiti with our friend Jen Hogan.

A big thank you to our friend Mimi Tran for donating $100 to cover shipping costs.
And a big thank you to Patti from Vida USA for donating the medical supplies.

When you donate to Project HOPE Art we do our best to share the love amongst our friends, partners and neighbors. Thank you for all your continued support.

DONATE NOW!

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5th Annual Ladies Arm Wrestling Tournament: Disco Edition

Arrrrrre you reaaaady to RRRrrrrumble?
Wrestlers, Register Here: http://bit.ly/1LaXN9A

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COST: FREE before 5pm! After 5pm-> $5/Ladies $10/Gentleman
WHEN: Sunday, April 19th 2015 – 4-7PM
WHERE: Terra Gallery, 511 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94105, (415) 896-1234
Emcees: Betty Tight and Paul Trask
Referee: Alex Mace and Elvis
Beats by Marky Ray of Brass Tax

WHY: FREE ART SCHOOL IN HAITI!
Print-29Raising money for a variety of art classes and projects with a special focus on our new art + health partnership with Human Rights artist, Charlotte Charles.

“In an artistic nod to the core of all the beautiful women (sisters, mothers, grandmothers, daughters, aunts, cousins) that we work with, Project HOPE Art is proud to announce the birth of our newest endeavor, Art + Health Lab — Project Pap Smear.

Nurse Practitioner and Artist, Tara Jean Reilly will be partnering with Photographer Melissa Schilling and Human Rights Activist, Rape Victim Supporter and Artist, Charlotte Charles on a listening tour. The goal is to connect with 20 women who live in the very rural mountains above the artistic community of Jacmel, Haiti.
Many of these women have suffered abuse.
Some have never been seen by a doctor in their lives.
Some can read, some can not.
Some have children, some do not.
The goal is to really listen to them and formulate a plan to infuse their lives with healthful information, resources and practices based on their needs and wants.”

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The Traveling Rainbow Cabinet of Fun

pha-art-center_final-concept_b-1-e1355946878102 The only thing that beats a good plan, is a better plan. We find that collaboration brings us closer and closer to the best plans in the world.

Enormous thanks to Sam Bloch and Elizabeth Marley for collaborating on the early vision of our art center / storage container. Immense, gratitude to the NGO family over at Communitere for supporting our ideas, visions and plans. Especially Delphine Bedu and Caroline Etienne for handling so many nitty gritty details on our behalf.

In 2013, our rainbow cabinet was built by master craftsman, Jason DeCook and then painted in the colors of the rainbow by our friend, Aimee Gaines. Our Lady of Art was created by our friend Julie Koopman and she stands watch over all the visiting artists and their projects.

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From our little spot in the workshop at Communitere we launched a number of projects, including Let There Be Light 1 and Let There Be Light 2. Thank you to artists Jenni Ward, Luc Winter, Racine Polycarpe, Claudel Cassius, Jason DeCook, Aimee Gaines, Shrine, Moon and Jade for all the hard work to make art in Cite Soleil.

857808_10152525576805567_1944484788_oFor the last two years our rainbow cabinet has lived at Haiti Communitere stuffed to the brim with paint, paper, pastels, brushes and a ton of glitter.
For the last two and a half years we have held puppet shows, dance parties, recycled trash makeovers and more than one bicycle blender fruit smoothie extravaganza.

Haiti Communitere was a perfect home for us and all of our sparkling trinkets of inspiration and creativity. Free spirited artists must keep moving, so onward we go.

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On February 15th our little Cabinet of Fun bid adieu to HC. We hope it left a trail of glitter so everyone could find their way to us in our new home in Pacot. Our cabinet is now parked in the Pacot neighborhood next to the Hotel Olofson. The keepers of the cabinet are 20 young ladies who are excited to put its contents to good use.

And with our move, comes new projects and collaborations …

  • We will be working with Emy Morse at her art school in Montan Noir.
  • We are also launching an art project with Human Rights activist and FOSAJ artist, Charlotte Charles and The Haiti Initiative’s Kara Lightburn in Jacmel.
  • And this summer we will be launching a summer gardening class with Rebuild Globally and SOIL.
  • “These are the days of miracle and wonder. This is the long distance call.” -Paul Simon

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    Hello 2015!

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    There is life changing magic in tidying up. De-cluttering, giving things away, simplifying and taking a step back to see what is necessary and what simply takes up space. As the London Times puts it, sometimes “something is quietly profound: that mess is often about unhappiness, and that the right kind of tidying can be a kind of psychotherapy for the home as well as for the people in it … Its strength is its simplicity.”

    15075790741_5157a4874f_o So guess what?!
    We’ve unloaded our beautiful art center at Haiti Communitere. For 2015 we packed up our art essentials and brought them to our favorite girls orphanage to store in rainbow cabinets. And our gardening supplies now live at Rebuild Globally, just waiting for our Gardening Class relaunch.
    Instead of paying $500/month in rent. We are paying just $25 a month.
    We’ve downsized, simplified and are going back to our roots.

    While we have downsized our stuff. We are gearing up to maximize our impact. We have many classes, workshops, partnerships and artist internships up our sleeves for 2015 and 2016. Please stay with us in the coming years. So many beautiful children, teachers, community leaders and artists depend on your support to keep Project HOPE Art flourishing.

    We operate on just $10,000 a year.
    Please consider making a donation so our wheels keep spinning, our lights keep flashing, our paint brushes keep splashing color and our speakers keep boldly blasting beats!

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    Joyeux Noel, Tout Moun!

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    Photo Philanthropy Essay | Wings for Tacloban

    Each year, PhotoPhilanthropy puts out a call for visually expressive photographic essays that tell the story of non-profits the world over. This year, Jamie Lloyd and I put together a joint essay about our time in Tacloban, Philippines.
    Enjoy!

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    Soaring above your everyday struggles, free like a bird. It’s an idea we’ve all wished could come true in times of difficulty and stress. Fueled by generous donations, Artists Jamie Lloyd & Melissa Schilling (along with community organizer, Justin Victoria) were able to gift children (and their families) living in the tent cities and bunkhouses of the Tacloban disaster zone the ability to fly above their problems. Wings for Tacloban are imaginary art wings created for children.

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    It has been one year since Typhoon Haiyan, the world’s biggest-ever storm to make landfall, struck the central Philippines – killing more than 5,200 people, displacing 4.4 million and destroying $547m in crops and infrastructure.
    In Leyte Province, 70 to 80 percent of the area was destroyed. Tacloban, the capital of Leyte, where five-metre waves flattened nearly everything in their path, suffered more loss of life than any other Philippine city. Outside the town centre, in a hillside cemetery, city workers have dug a mass gravesite which stretches along 100 metres.
    Much of Tacloban has been turned to rubble, leaving many survivors homeless and dependent on aid.
    Visiting the city, it is clear that – despite the help of the international community – it will take a very long time for the town to recover.

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    About the Bunkhouses of Tacloban
    The bunkhouses are made of corrugated sheets, plywood and coco lumber and measure
    8.64 square meters. 27 Bunkhouses in the San Jose District of Tacloban with water and electricity have been completed as of April 1, 2014. Another 66 remain to be built and equipped with basic necessities. Each bunkhouse has 24 units, although big families are given two units. The partition per unit was collapsed to accommodate bigger families.
    We be painted broken down concrete walls, plywood, an old kitchen wall — with chalkboard paint in a variety of colors. Once dry, we cured the walls and armed the occupants of the bunkhouses with chalk. We hope to encourage creative thinking and hope.
    Close to 2 million families were affected by the weather disturbance, considered to be the strongest typhoon on record to make landfall. 30 countries have already pledged financial and humanitarian aid amounting to 2.366 billion to victims of super typhoon Yolanda.

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    Artist Statement
    The Wings: Project HOPE Art is an art collective that responds to disaster with pencils, paints, music and imagination. We want to remind the children of Tacloban that they can overcome obstacles by gifting them the power to fly with wings. These wings do not just live on the chalkboard or wall. These wings belong to them and will allow them to fly and rise up above their problems, environment and situations. They should use their wings not just to solve their own problems but those issues facing their communities at large.
    Nothing can stop a large group of living angels.
    The project outcomes are multi-leveled.

    In the simplest terms children are encouraged to have a fun portrait snapped, printed and handed over. A memory to serve as a reminder to overcome obstacles and head towards dreams and goals. Our mobile printing studio was set-up onsite inside the tent cities and bunk houses. Children watched as each digital image was edited on smart phones and ipads and then sent to the mini-printer. A 4X6 image was spit out seconds later.

    In addition to print portrait images, community message boards were created and left behind in every area. A frank discussion was started amongst parents, teachers, community organizers and children regarding their personal paths since Hurricane Yolanda. Lessons were taught about transforming simple, everyday ingredients into action-based toolkits.
    We painted everything from a de-constructed kitchen wall in the No-Build Zone to the shell of a school classroom in Palo. We created double sided chalkboards with plywood. We painted over graffiti with bright primary colors and created sleek, glossy spaces to draw, write and dream.

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    See our Wings Art Project in Haiti, featured in School Arts Magazine: http://www.schoolartsdigital.com/i/141579/54

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    Thank You | Left Coast Power Yoga

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    A big thank you to our friends at Left Coast Power Yoga who hosted a fundraiser for us on Saturday night. A special thanks to Andrew Abrass for donating a trumpet and trombone for our 2014/15 Music Class.

    We made $460 in one magical evening. Hooray!
    Project HOPE Art is excited to announce the RHYTHM & RECYCLING workshop this fall to kick off the Music + Art Lab at the Project HOPE Art Center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti!

    Interested in donating Musical Instruments?
    Click Here!

    This November 2014, Bay Area artists Rachel Znerold and Melissa Schilling will travel to Haiti to collaborate with art teacher and musician Gueldy Rene on a week-long children’s music and art program —a multi-dimensional music, costuming and performance workshop, all inspired by and using recycled materials. Gueldy Rene will work with the students to learn the foundations of rhythm, beat, flow and connection, creating a musical composition with their motley array of recycled instruments (PVC Pipe Drums and 2Liter Bottle Horns), alongside donated ukeleles, guitars, kazoos, accordians, and traditional RaRa and Konpa instruments. Rachel Znerold, supported by other members of Project HOPE Art, plans to lead the students through a musical costume workshop, creating sound-making outfits and props out of recycled materials—imagine bottle-cap-string skirts jingling and plastic bag dresses swooshing, while all feet are tap-tapping to the beat of the musical accompaniment.

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    Got Internship?

    Wanted: Summer/Fall 2015 Internship
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    Internships are challenging opportunities for aspiring international relief and development practitioners. They are a chance to apply your education and experience to hands-on projects that contribute to Project HOPE Art’s efforts to help people turn the crises they confront into the opportunities they deserve, in support of our mission to inspire, heal and improve the quality of life for children in need through the creative process of art.

    Internships are open to undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates or individuals exploring a career shift and looking to gain experience with Project HOPE Art.

    We have internship opportunities year round with the greatest number during the summer. Anyone with English language skills and a wifi connection is eligible to apply. Those located in the San Francisco Bay Area given preference.

    If there is a potential match, the applicant will be contacted. Final candidates will be interviewed in person, when possible, or by phone.

    To apply submit a current resume and well written cover letter to:
    Melissa@projecthopeart.org

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    Haiti Five Years Later: Women on the Ground

    For just $10 you can hear the powerful words of four incredible women.
    Join us as we inspire, educate and present: Haiti!

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    Tue, Dec 2 2014 – 6:30pm
    Malya Villard-Appolon, Founder of KOFAVIV
    Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis, Ph.D., Former Prime Minister of Haiti
    Nicole Phillips, Esq., Attorney for the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti
    Megan Coffee, M.D., Ph.D., Founder of Ti Kay Haiti

    “Gason konn bouke, men pa fanm.”—in Kreyòl
    “Women’s work never ends.”

    On January 12, 2010, Haiti was hit by a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake, killing approximately 150,000 people and crippling the nation. The earthquake and its 52 aftershocks exacerbated longstanding challenges of housing, sanitation, health care and gender violence. Five years later, Haiti is still picking up the pieces, often with women leading the charge. Hear the incredible stories of women on the ground, from Dr. Megan Coffee who went to Haiti to treat earthquake victims and never left, establishing and running a tuberculosis clinic in Port-au-Prince, to Malya Villard, a victim of rape in Haiti who boldly founded and now runs KOFAVIV to uplift victims of sexual violence, despite threats against her life for doing so.
    Tickets Here

    Learn More about This Event on December 2nd, 2014:
    CC Site: http://bit.ly/Haiti-info

    Facebook: http://bit.ly/Haiti-fb

    EventBrite: http://bit.ly/Haiti-EB

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    Our partnership with Ti Kay is a clear and sharply defined example between Living and Living. Very indicative of the Project HOPE Art mission to inspire joy and whimsy.
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    Dr. Coffee keeps patients alive. And we swoop in with art supplies and remind them WHY it’s so important to win that fight to live. Life with vibrant color, purposeful joy and intentional whimsy is really all you need — beyond a clear bill of health.

    Megan — we are so very proud of all your hard work and for the opportunity to come into the clinic several times a year.

    At her clinic, Ti Kay (little house in Haitian Kreyol), Dr. Megan Coffee or Dokte Coffee provides free, high-quality medical care to Tuberculosis and HIV patients in Haiti. Ti Kay, Inc. is a medical non-profit organization that aims to treat, and hence prevent, tuberculosis in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.

    Based at the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince, HUEH (L’Hôpital de l’Université d’Etat d’Haïti), Ti Kay focuses on treating inpatients and outpatients. After the earthquake when the state sanatorium was not functional, the head nurse of the TB program and Megan Coffee, a US doctor, established an inpatient program for the care. The outpatient treatment was expanded after the earthquake.

    Project HOPE Art has had the privilege of creating art with Ti Kay patients. Simple coloring projects and face painting added a light to an otherwise bed-bound day.

    Patients young and old gathered around every available surface with any marker available to join in on our murals. We hope to create some more creative chaos at Ti Kay soon!

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    The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) and PhotoPhilanthropy are excited to announce the World Fights AIDS Photo Contest on Instagram. We are seeking photos from across the globe that resonate with the mission of EGPAF, the global leader in the fight to end AIDS.

    The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation isn’t only fighting AIDS, they are changing the way the world fights AIDS. They work hand-in-hand with governments, partners, mothers, families, volunteers and donors toward a health and social infrastructure that can end HIV/AIDS – and keep it eliminated.

    Your assignment: Every community across the world has at least one unsung hero or grassroots organization working to eradicate this epidemic or ease the suffering of those who live with it. Share a photograph on Instagram of a group or individual in your community who is fighting against HIV/AIDS. Tag it with #WorldFightsAIDS and you will automatically be entered into the contest. Please also tag @photophilanthropy and@egpaf. The winning photographer will receive the Grand Prize of $1,000 USD.

    If you’d like to donate directly, Ti Kay Haiti has ongoing needs for the following: 14 gauge venocaths

    Oxygen concentrators
    60 cc luer lock syringes
    Small stopcocks
    Protein powder
    Protein bars
    B6 vitamins
    Milk powder
    Iron pills
    Please contact Dr Megan Coffee to arrange shipping at tikaycontact@gmail.com

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    A big thank you to KK Graphics

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    Sometimes the right person at the right company comes along and saves your life.
    That person was Julie Ma at KK Graphics.

    Our deployment team to the Hurricane Yolanda disaster zone in the Leyte Province of the Philippines had placed an order with a large printing company based in West Oakland 3 weeks in advance of deployment.
    At the last minute, it was learned that the print collateral order had never been printed.

    Julie Ma to the rescue, with the minutes ticking down until our plane taxied down the runway, she calmly sent our digital file to the printer. In under an hour we had our stickers to hand out to children all over the disaster zone.

    Thank You KK Graphics!
    We owe you one.

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    4th Annual Donor Dinner || August 8, 2014

    Join Rara Tou Limen Dance Company & Project HOPE Art as we open RASANBLE! Haitian Arts & Culture Festival 2014
    Friday, Aug 08 2014 6:30 pm
    Tickets Here!
    A Taste of Haiti: An Art Benefit & Dinner
    “Art is the Universal Language”

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    Sample the vibrant culture, flavors and beats of Haiti to benefit Rara Tou Limen’s Cultural Exchange Trip to Haiti this summer, and Project HOPE’s art programming in Port au Prince and the Bay Area

    Dance Performance by Portsha Jefferson & Rara Tou Limen Dance Company
    Dinner by: Pierre-Richard Leurbourg *RASANBLE! Special Guest
    Art Show by Melissa Schilling and Fanel Duce
    Wine Bar by Local, California Wineries
    Friday, August 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM
    390 27th Street, midtown Oakland, CA 94612-3104

    Sample the vibrant culture, flavors and beats of Haiti to benefit Rara Tou Limen’s Cultural Exchange Trip to Haiti this summer, and Project HOPE’s art programming in Port au Prince and the Bay Area

    Dance Performance by Portsha Jefferson & Rara Tou Limen Dance Company
    Dinner by: Pierre-Richard Leurbourg *RASANBLE! Special Guest
    Art Show by Melissa Schilling and Fanel Duce
    Wine Bar by Local, California Wineries
    Friday, August 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM
    390 27th Street, midtown Oakland, CA 94612-3104

    N’ap Boule! Welcome to the ticket page for A Taste of Haiti.
    We appreciate your support and are gearing up for an explosion of Caribbean food and Collaborative Haitian-American art. Join us for our Friday Night gallery show featuring photos of Rara Tou Limen rendered by Atis Rezistans artist Fanel Duce. Lets celebrate with drums, drink specials and dinner.

    Oakland, California
    Rara Tou Limen Dance Company has an objective to help nurture and grow Haitian dance and musical traditions in the Bay Area. Accompanied by dancers, vocalists and celebrated musicians, the company brings to the stage a wide spectrum of diverse Haitian dance forms, from vibrant rituals of Vodou, the turbulent legacy of political struggle, to the celebratory and festive dances of Carnival, Rara Tou Limen is at the cutting edge of the evolution of Haitian dance and music in the Bay Area. The use of traditional rhythms, chants and movement integrates the grace, strength, fluidity and precision of Haitian folkloric dance.

    Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
    Project Hope Art gives a voice to those survivors of the Haitian tent Camps. Project HOPE Art uses art as a vehicle to inspire, to educate and to create intentional whimsy. We work with children in hospitals, orphanages, schools and communities in disaster stricken areas, utilizing art to help establish self esteem, self expression, self respect and stress relief for our students. We create art for art’s sake, while educating through our art, science, nutrition and literacy programs. We twirl in tutus and face paint because it’s good for the soul. Since our inception in January 2010 we have made multiple trips to Haiti and have recently launched a Visiting Artist Program, creating a sustainable way for artists in any medium to share their creativity with our kids and project partners as we strive towards our mission to inspire, heal and improve the quality of life for children in need.

    Support.

    We will be co-hosting 1 amazing night in August. @ The Humanist Hall in Oakland, CA
    Tickets in Advance $35
    Tickets at the Door $45
    Childrens Tickets $25

    Art Show and Wine Bar 6:30pm
    Dinner 7:30pm
    Raffle Prizes Announced 8:30
    Dance Performance 8:45
    Silent Auction Winners Announced 9:30
    Doors Close 10pm

    Rara Tou Limen
    presents:
    RASANBLE! Haitian Arts & Culture Festival 2014
    August 8-10

    Humanist Hall
    390 27th Street
    Oakland, CA

    Folkloric Dance Workshops * Kreyol Language Classes * Vodou Song Class * Drum Circle * Haitian Cuisine * Lectures * Performance * Vendors *
    Art Benefit * Gallery

    3 days of immersion in spirited conversations, open inquiries, dynamic technique analysis, and community exchange with traditional artists from Haiti.

    RASANBLE! Haitian Arts & Culture Festival is made possible with the generous support of Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Everyday Magic, and the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation.

    http://www.raratoulimen.com
    http://www.projecthopeart.org

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    #wingsfortacloban – a hurricane yolanda aftermath project

    Soaring above your everyday struggles, free like a bird.

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    It’s an idea we’ve all wished could come true in times of difficulty and stress. Fueled by your generous donations, Artists Jamie Lloyd & Melissa Schilling (along with community organizer, Justin Victoria) were be able to gift children (and their families) living in the tent cities and bunkhouses of the Tacloban disaster zone the ability to fly above their problems. Wings for Tacloban are imaginary art wings created for children.

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    The Wings
    Project HOPE Art is an art collective that responds to disaster with pencils, paints, music and imagination.
    We want to remind the children of Tacloban that they can overcome obstacles by gifting them the power to fly with wings. These wings do not just live on the chalkboard or wall. These wings belong to them and will allow them to fly and rise up above their problems, environment and situations. They should use their wings not just to solve their own problems but those issues facing their communities at large.

    Nothing can stop a large group of living angels.

    See our Wings Art Project in Haiti, featured in School Arts Magazine: http://www.schoolartsdigital.com/i/141579/54

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    The project outcomes are multi-leveled.
    In the simplest terms children are encouraged to have a fun portrait snapped, printed and handed over. A memory to serve as a reminder to overcome obstacles and head towards dreams and goals. Our mobile printing studio was set-up onsite inside the tent cities and bunk houses. Children watched as each digital image was edited on smart phones and ipads and then sent to the mini-printer. A 4X6 image was spit out seconds later.

    In addition to print portrait images, community message boards were created and left behind in every area. A frank discussion was started amongst parents, teachers, community organizers and children regarding their personal paths since Hurricane Yolanda. Lessons were taught about transforming simple, everyday ingredients into action-based toolkits.

    We painted everything from a de-constructed kitchen wall in the No-Build Zone to the shell of a school classroom in Palo. We created double sided chalkboards with plywood. We painted over graffiti with bright primary colors and created sleek, glossy spaces to draw, write and dream.

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    Why Wings?
    It has been nearly 7 months since Typhoon Haiyan, the world’s biggest-ever storm to make landfall, struck the central Philippines – killing more than 5,200 people, displacing 4.4 million and destroying $547m in crops and infrastructure.
    In Leyte Province, 70 to 80 percent of the area was destroyed. Tacloban, the capital of Leyte, where five-metre waves flattened nearly everything in their path, suffered more loss of life than any other Philippine city. Outside the town centre, in a hillside cemetery, city workers have dug a mass gravesite which stretches along 100 metres.

    Much of Tacloban has been turned to rubble, leaving many survivors homeless and dependent on aid.

    Visiting the city, it is clear that – despite the help of the international community – it will take a very long time for the town to recover.

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    About the Bunkhouses of Tacloban
    The bunkhouses are made of corrugated sheets, plywood and coco lumber and measure
    8.64 square meters. 27 Bunkhouses in the San Jose District of Tacloban with water and electricity have been completed as of April 1, 2014. Another 66 remain to be built and equipped with basic necessities. Each bunkhouse has 24 units, although big families are given two units. The partition per unit was collapsed to accommodate bigger families.

    We be painted broken down concrete walls, plywood, an old kitchen wall — with chalkboard paint in a variety of colors. Once dry, we cured the walls and armed the occupants of the bunkhouses with chalk. We hope to encourage creative thinking and hope.

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    Close to 2 million families were affected by the weather disturbance, considered to be the strongest typhoon on record to make landfall. 30 countries have already pledged financial and humanitarian aid amounting to 2.366 billion to victims of super typhoon Yolanda.

    DIY
    Use what you have. Any house paint will work, though we were able to find glossy latex. Mix in two heaping tablespoons of unsanded grout or plaster paris for every cup of paint. You may also make a thick paste of water and grout and then stir that into your tub or bucket of paint.
    The final consistency should be that of thick yogurt.
    For every 4X8′ Plywood Board plan on 3 cups in order to paint on two coats of paint.

    Purchase Primary colors and allow the children to make their own custom hue.
    We painted blue, red, purple and violet chalkboard walls.

    Once the wall is dry, smudge chalk all over the surface.
    Using an eraser or damp lint free rag remove the cured chalk smudges and begin your project.

    For chalk we love big, chunky pieces of colored chalk. We traveled with a 48-pack of extra fat chalk in red, yellow, pink, blue and purple.

    Good Luck and Happy Creating!

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    Rooz Cafe presents . . . The Industry Collaborative Show!

    Join us for a Happy Hour Reception at Rooz Cafe.
    1918 Park Blvd, Oakland CA 94606
    Thursday, June 12th 6-10pm

    Mimosas, Beer and Espresso await you along with the sounds of Brass Tax dj’s Ernie Trevino, Alex Mace and maybe a sneak attack by Denim Ding Dong (DDD)aaaand an ambient musical performance by local, Oakland duo Charlemagne Charmaine and William Korte.
    (Catharsis for Cathedral, Brasil, Drifting House)

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    Featuring POP-UP PONCHOS by SuperSugarRayRay
    and a pop-up jewelry show by Tidalware Jewelry (Sharla Pidd).

    6-7:30 Charlemagne Charmaine and William Korte
    7:30-10 Brass Tax

    …About the Art Show…
    Industry: an activity or domain in which a great deal of time or effort is expended a group show examining hard work in specific artistic genres and spheres of life

    Martin Goicoechea: Women
    Exploring the female form through a variety of mixed media methods including: acrylics, transfers, watercolor, ink, wood block and charcoal.
    Contact: Martin.Goicochea@me.com

    Melissa Schilling: Automobile Photography
    The automotive industry in the United States began in the 1890s and, as a result of the size of the domestic market and the use of mass-production, rapidly evolved into the largest in the world. These photographs represent frozen in time moments in Havana, Cuba where many cars from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s permeate the roadways and garages.
    It was such a thrill (on blueberry hill) to experience car travel the way my grandparents experienced it.
    http://www.melissaschilling.com

    Nick Huckleberry: Recycled Creations
    Its overwhelming what is thrown out these days. A large busy metal shop may throw out bunches of pieces as general waste to them but gold to the artist. I have salvaged most of my materials, always trying to bring nature to the pieces by incorporating organic shapes. Bringing new life to old waste is a way of using energies of the old and introducing them to the new, creating a balanced harmony.
    http://www.trueburningreality.com

    Project HOPE Art: Cyanotype
    Art in Haiti usually requires less materials and more creativity. For this project we needed only the sun, vegetables from our garden and a few chemicals.
    Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. Engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, referred to as blueprints. The process uses two chemicals: ammonium iron(III) citrate and potassium ferricyanide.

    Students in a Gardening Class in Port au Prince, Haiti created these cyanotype prints in February 2014. This was their very first time mixing chemicals and using their “design” eye to arrange kitchen utensils, fruits and vegetables on textured watercolor paper for 10 minutes under the brilliant Caribbean sun.
    http://www.projecthopeart.org

    Sarah Miller: Textile Photography
    Laundry and People on the streets of Calcutta.
    Contact: sarahmiller23@gmail.com

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    Let’s Get Messy! Art Class Fundraiser

    RSVP: Click Here

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    Where: 416 Dolores Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
    When: Wednesday, June 4th, 6-9pm
    What: Want to try out your artist’s hand but not sure where to start?! Come get creative with me! PAINTING PARTIES in my studio workshop!! Classes cover a wide array of topics and mediums, and you will learn color theory, gesture, composition, and brush stroke techniques…and if all goes well, you will take home a finished piece each class! Plus, there is WINE involved! And lots of dates to choose from!

    Here are the deets:
    • Classes are 6-9pm, but start/end times are flexible, as I know that people are coming from work and heading out to hot dance parties. (right?)
    • $40 per class ($35 if you pay in cash) and ALL supplies and a glass of wine are included! (I accept cash/check/credit/paypal)
    • Shoot me a message or call/text 303-817-5830 to reserve your spot or if you have any questions!

    * Tuesday, May 6th, 6-9pm: Playing With Color: Learn the Color Wheel, Mixing Color and Brush Techniques!

    * Monday, May 19th, 6-9pm: Replicating a Master Painting: Van Gogh! (Specific image yet to be determined…let me know if you have preferences!)

    * Wednesday, June 4th, 6-9pm: Oil Pastel Rothko Class: Experiment with mixing and blending color and create your very own set of Rothko-inspired Drawings! [FUNDRAISER CLASS!!!! All the proceeds from this class benefit Project HOPE Art and my upcoming workshop I will be teaching in Haiti!! Please Spread the word!]

    *Classes must have at least 3 people to run, or they may be subject to cancellation. Tell your friends and feel free to add them to this event!

    There are lots of upcoming classes, but I’m always happy to add on new classes, so feel free to let me know if you have any great ideas, would prefer a different topic or medium, or if you have certain evenings (or weekends) that work better than others! I’m VERY flexible and want as many people as possible to be able to explore their artist side! If money is an issue, let me know and maybe we can do a trade or find a creative solution!!

    Can’t wait to get messy with you beautiful people!

    tutu tuesday 6 year anniversary: may 13th in sf

    Our next Fundraiser is here! A tutu dance party. Huzzah!
    Tutu Tuesday 6 Year Anniversary Party
    featuring 6 hours of Atish

    May 13, 2014 – Harlot San Francisco – 46 Minna Street, San Francisco, California 94105
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    Featuring Artist Tracy Piper

    Born from the seedy underbelly of Bay Area circus as a contortionist baby, this multi-
    disciplinary artist brings not only years of experience working in the creative field but also a unique perspective on all things empirical and contemporary. Tracy piper captures the personality of San Francisco through capturing the personalities of San Francisco. Her exciting and often titilating work focuses on capturing characters in repose. Her subjects rages from local circus performers, to famous drag queens, to tech entrepreneurs. She has shown at both SCOPE Miami and New York as well as being bi-costal. She graduated from the Illustration program at California College of the Arts with distinction in 2012.

    Save-The-Date August 9th – Fourth Annual Donor Dinner in Oakland with the Rara Tou Limen Dance Troupe, featuring an art print from Tracy Piper in our Silent Auction

    About the Tutu Party:
    The Tracy Piper art pop-up and 8pm bubbles toast hosted by Golden Gate Dolls
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    Fernet Branca comp shots at 8pm and drink specials all night

    Airbrushing by Icarus Zaure
    Face painting by Cassandra Love Lambert
    Hair styling by Julian Contreraz and team

    Performances from Erin Shredder, Inka Siefker, Katie Scarlett, and Jym Darling

    Photography by Lance Skundrich and Tim Coy

    $10 or $2 in a tutu before 11pm
    handmade tutus for sale
    door profits donated to Project HOPE Art

    From its early beginnings at Vessel to a brief stint at Triple Crown before making waves at Santos Party House in Manhattan followed by a magical era at 222 Club and ultimately landing at its Harlot haven, TUTU TUESDAY has always been a joyful blessing that I am thrilled to share with you.

    Never when I heard the words “Tutu Tuesday” on a lovely stranger’s lips on an art car at Burning Man 2007 would I have dreamed that my 2008 New Year’s resolution to wear a tutu every Tuesday for the entire year would lead to a 6 year long adventure of mesmerizing music, fantastic friends, and so much LOVE!

    Due to the close of 222, we were dispossessed of our plans for Atish to play for 5 hours at the 5 year anniversary so we haven’t celebrated an anniversary for two years and THIS, my friends is going to be the BIGGEST celebration in Tutu Tuesday history with Atish playing a made-of-dreams 6 hour set.

    Atish’s residency with Tutu Tuesday coincided with our debut at 222 and pretty closely aligned with the inception of his DJ career. Since that time he has enjoyed a bewildering amount of well-deserved success. His humble genius has been received enthusiastically by fans all over the world and it is simply amazing that we get to enjoy this man’s music at every Tutu Tuesday with rare exception. His commitment to Tutu Tuesday has made it the special fairyland it has become and I am forever grateful.

    In honor of Atish’s determination to serve the less fortunate, we will be donating this anniversary’s door profits to Project HOPE Art, a charity benefiting the impoverished youth of Haiti by sharing with them the transcendent beauty of art and music. Operated by talented humanitarian Melissa Schilling, who will be moonlighting as our door hostess, this monetary gift will help to bring a new music program and electronic pen pal system to these underprivileged yet inspiring children. So, simply by coming this soiree, you are doing your part as well. Feels good, doesn’t it?

    We really want you to come early and stay all night; to be with us on this musical journey. For that reason we are escalating the production of this event and scheduling many exciting happenings for the early part of the evening.

    For one, we are opening up both floors for the entirety of this unprecedented occasion. Upstairs, the Golden Gate Dolls will host a complimentary bubbles toast at 8pm for early arrivals. The Tracy Piper will be showing her art work, some of which was created live at Tutu Tuesday, and also some prints of her popular works will be available for sale. Lance Jeffrey Skundrich is setting up a loft photo studio where we can immortalize you in all of your tutu glory. He and Tim Coy will be tag teaming the dance floor bringing their unique perspectives on your shining moments.

    Downstairs, Cassandra Love Lambert will be offering her loving hands with some face painting creations AND the ridiculously amazing Icarus Zaure is going to bring his air brushing talent to the table. Seriously, you are welcome in advance. Between the two of them, some of our most zealous attendees will be decked out in intricate embellishments that you will wish could last longer than one night. Even further, Julian Contreraz is bringing a crew of stylists to offer sexy updos for our early-comers from 8pm-10pm.

    Some of our best performances of the night are going to occur well before midnight so don’t miss out on any of the night’s fabulousness (and the opportunity to be beautified by our able-handed helpers) if you can help it! Erin Shredder is going to light up the dance floor with an eye popping hula hoop show, Inka Siefker is going to make you disbelieve your eyes with her unparalleled cortortion abilities and you won’t be able to take your eyes off of Katie Scarlett as she graces us with her sexy presence. Let’s not forget Jym Schmidt who has kept us bursting with smiles with his next level costumes and artful dance moves.

    Well friends, I think that just about covers it. All that is left to discover are the wonderful, much-anticipated surprises of what creative costumes you will wear, which new and old friends you will be dancing with, and how many hugs and kisses we can collect along the way.

    THANK YOU ALL for making this so perfectly possible.

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    bunny power!

    In February 2014 we took a team trip to the mountains to learn about rabbit husbandry. Then we built our custom rabbit hutch and just yesterday filled it with bunnies for our weekly Gardening Class.

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    The entire Project HOPE Art team would like to thank Brian Peltz of ISEC, Inc. for single-handedly jump starting our new Bunny Rabbit Husbandry Program.

    How Rabbits Can Save the World (It Ain’t Pretty) With no religious taboos against consuming bunny meat, the animal may be a key ingredient in the fight against hunger. It also can be raised grain-free. It is a fact universally acknowledged that rabbits reproduce at a rapid rate. But did you know that rabbit meat is kosher, halal and acceptable for Hindus who decline beef for religious reasons? All of that is good news for the world-wide war on hunger—if bad news for bunnies. Rabbits Over 1,700 Haitian rabbit producers now maintain some 1,250 rabbit facilities, Dr. Steven Lukefahr says, which are home to 32,650 breeding rabbits. rabbits community The program has grown by 142% in the last two years and has helped increase family income by an average of $19.95 a month per family with some producers seeing as much as $200 a month in income from meat sales, a significant boost in a country where the average annual family income is $1,700.
    Read more: How Rabbits Can Save the World (It Ain’t Pretty) | Time Magazine (link: http://world.time.com/2012/12/14/how-rabbits-can-save-the-world-it-aint-pretty/#ixzz2lJ6EjQv5)

    Meet our Students: http://projecthopeart.org/project-hope-art-center-at-haiti-communitere/gardening-program-and-the-art-botany-lab/2014-gardening-class/

    Donate Here to keep Compassionate Animal Programs running in Haiti:
    http://projecthopeart.org/2013/11/13/sponsor-a-student-in-2014/

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    RAJEPRE School Trash Make-Over

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    Putting Trash Makeovers into the hands of many, this project focused on giving a facelift to the RAJEPRE School in Bwa Nef. Each and every year builders, innovators and organizers assemble at the Project HOPE Art Center at Haiti Communitere eco-base to fan out their ingenuity. These visionaries create new solutions (and celebrations) in poor Haitian neighborhoods. In one of the hardest hit and poorest neighborhoods, Cité Soleil, resides the RAJEPRE School, home to 100 school children who would otherwise not attend school or receive an education. This was the site for the sculptural installation.

    Materials UsedPlastic Bottles: 500,  Aluminium Bottle Tops: 250,  Plastic Bottle Caps: 250,  Plastic Sachet Dlo bags: 250,  Feet of Wire: 350,  Gallons of Paint: 2,  Sewing Machines: 1,  Hours Spent Making Over the School: 96

    Creating LIGHT where there is darkness, lead artist Shrine beamed a brigade of resourceful talent from Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Oakland to Port au Prince in order to assemble from reclaimed materials a school makeover. Described as a contemporary Folk Artist and leader in the LA art scene, Shrine has a long history and diverse portfolio of art installations.

    About the School: RAJEPRE is a dynamic organisation in Bwa Nef that concentrates on civic education. They run a community school and teach the children about environmental preservation and tree planting, while mobilizing the community to keep their streets clean.
    School Director: Luc Winter
    Contact Information: (509) 38664656
    Most widely available found materials on the streets: plastic water sachets, cardboard juice boxes, bottle caps, tin cans from fish and tomato sauce, plastic bottles, cardboard, dust, sand, mud, small rocks
    No. of Students: 150
    Age Range: 4-18

    Shrine’s advice to the children of Bwa Nef . . .

    “Forge ahead. Do other stuff with sticks, rocks, bricks, feathers, bones, tires, car parts, jars, dirt. Get some paint, scissors, string, pliers, wire, cardboard, a pencil. Now your ready to be free, put the dirt in jars, see if that makes sense. Make your own sense, nay sayers be dammed. put seeds in the dirt to make even more sense, add water. Add water to your heart, shower of love, see if it grows. Forge ahead.” -Lead Artist Shrine

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    Trash Make-Over Instructions

    Painting a wall: To paint a wall in the style we did, start by drawing a shape that inspires you on a piece of cardboard, cut it out. Using chalk, outline the template to draw your shape on the wall. build up a design using the same shape. Add new shapes. If this sucks then draw right on the wall following your hearts desire, abandon the template. watch lines come out of your hand, laugh, smile, continue. Paint in your shapes or drawings. Do not pour the paint on your friends head. Do paint designs on your shoes. Don’t worry, if your not thrilled with what you painted you can always paint over it.

    Plastic bottle, can, lid, Garland: First collect some trash, now look at it. Look at it differently, see if there is something beautiful there. Look at everything thrown away differently. Look at it like you just bought it in a fancy store, marvel at its design. Every Plastic bottle, every can and all the other packaging you use was designed by somebody somewhere. Cut off the label, Make a hole, add some paint, string the items on wire, make loops at the end of the wire. Hang it up, have a small party.

    Plastic Water Bag Tassels: Carefully cut the bags open and sew together, cut into strips, make a loop on one end. Smash bottle caps, make a hole, put the loop through the hole. If you don’t have a sewing machine, tie strips of plastic together from water bags or any king of plastic bag.

    IMG_20140305_145021 (1) ‘Shrine’s entire art practice is about making the dead and discarded objects of the ordinary world live whole new lives as fresh-faced stars of a new visual culture. He calls that visual culture the Empire of Love, and if it had a slogan, it would be “Art from Trash,” advocating ambitious dumpster-diving as a serious form of design for a legitimately sustainable society.’

    The Team: Shrine On, Jade Mangiafaco, Feather Chyld, Luc Rajepre, Lindsay Leigh, Laura Puts, Delphine Bedu, Fanel Duce, Students of the Rajepre School & Melissa Schilling