Wings Over Tacloban – a Project HOPE Art in Tacloban, Philippines self-empowerment art project

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:

Why Wings?
It has been nearly three weeks 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. Philippine Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said on November 14 that it may take six weeks before the first typhoon-hit towns get their electric power back.

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.

What We Need
Money to coordinate on-the-ground logistics!
$1200 for two Instamatic Cameras and enough Film to gift each child a photo with their wings, a lasting memory
$600 to print many pairs of large wings and transport them around the world
$250 for paints, brushes and mixing containers for personalizing community wings
The Wings

The Impact
Our Mission:
To inspire, heal and improve the quality of life for children in need through the creative process of art.

Our Values:
Art is the universal language which transcends differences in cultural and customary barriers.
Art is a tool for education that encourages creative thinking, problem solving and growth.
Art gives a voice to the voiceless.
Art is good for the soul.

Our Actions:
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.

Other Ways You Can Help

Can’t donate now, but still want to participate?

We would love your help spreading the word about our project
We always accept art supply donations, contact for more information
Thank You!

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