Archive: Doing Good

Cool Charity: Project Art

eco kids easelWhen we see a cool charity, we have to give a shout out! Meet Project Art. . .

With a mission to close the gap in access to arts education for children, non-profit Project Art offers free classes in painting and drawing in 7 public libraries in the city. Started several years ago in the wake of school budget cuts, increased emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and standardized testing, founder Adarsh Alphons opened the doors of a borrowed Harlem studio with nothing but a bag of art supplies and the limitless imagination of those who stepped in. Just three years later, Project Art has grown and formalized its program offering classes and raising the awareness of the importance of an arts education for children.

Sponsor a kid, sponsor a class. projectart.org.

 

Girl Rising

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We had the opportunity to see an amazing movie last night with our friends at 85 Broads. Girl Rising is about what happens when a girl is given the gift and privilege of education. The documentary turns on the fact that if you invest in the education of girls, the investment is proven to pay back in spades. Tracing poignant stories of girls from all over the world: Nepal, Peru, India, Afghanistan, Egypt, Haiti, Sierra Leone, the documentary effectively conveys both the challenges of being a girl in many developing nations and how these young “regular” girls rose up to the challenges, and were empowered by the opportunity of schooling. It is a phenomenal movie that inspires change, action and should be shared. Check it out here – plan a screening, attend a screening, support the cause.

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