| "Bring a child food and you nurture their body, but teach a child art and you nurture their soul."Statement of Purpose
Throughout the world thousands of children are existing in orphanages. Many of these children live in very remote regions, where everyday they are faced with severe economic disadvantages. Although the orphanages do their best to provide for these children, their resources are limited. The children's daily lives are often without beauty, art, and hope. Often the children have no idea that they hold within themselves the tools to express themselves and mold their views of their very existence. A sense of hopeless and helplessness often pervades their daily lives, and extinguishes the possibility of a brighter future. Orphan Art, Inc. seeks to remedy this situation by providing children with supplies to address their daily needs, coupled with the tools and knowledge to tap into their creativity.
In order to assist these young people in recognizing their own potential, Orphan Art, Inc. provides orphans around the world with art supplies and education. In addition, they market the artwork to various audiences, and return the funds to the participating orphanages and their communities to promote economic self-sufficiency.
Some people would argue that bringing art instruction and supplies to the orphans overlooks their basic struggle for survival. Orphan Art's founder, Brice Keller, has quite elegantly summed up this dilemma by stating, "Bring a child food and you nurture their body, but teach a child art and you nurture their soul." This is a compelling argument for providing the children with more than the very basic needs of survival.
The organization is in its start up phase right now, but plans to be fully operating by the end of 2007. This plan is intended to be utilized as a financing proposal and an operating guide for the organization. The plan will be reviewed semiannually by the Board of Directors. In 2007, operations will be underway, but the extent of the organization's operations will be directly impacted by the amount of funding that is accumilated. Orphan Art, Inc Has applied for its non- profit standing with the IRS
Description of Business
Orphan Art, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that delivers art supplies and instruction to orphanages in remote areas of the world. The organization's personnel provide instructions and support to the orphanage's personnel and the children to assist them in creating works of art. Orphan Art then brings the artwork back to the United States in order to bring it to a worldwide marketplace, and sell the artwork in various forms. Proceeds from the sales of the artwork are returned to the participating orphanages to allow them to further enhance the economic self-sufficiency of the children and their community. Additionally, the process of creating the artwork allows the orphans an opportunity to build self-esteem, self -expression, and a sense of participation in providing for their own future.
Beginning in 2007, the organization will expand its operations to include facilitating student art teaching internships to participating orphanages. This will entail developing relationships with art colleges to offer a quarter abroad teaching art in one of the participating orphanages. Orphan Art will provide a liaison to assist in travel and initial classroom logistics for the visiting university students. Orphan Art has initiated conversations with the Ringling College of Art in Sarasota, Florida, and the Art College at University of Oregon, in Eugene, Oregon. Other Art colleges will be contacted and added throughout the coming year.
Another aspect to be mentioned about this organization are the opportunities for "adventure travel". Individuals who wish to volunteer their time will be accompanied to participating orphanages to spend a period of time, usually one or two weeks, teaching the orphans painting, pottery, music, and other forms of art. Individuals who wish to donate any other type of expertise will gladly be accompanied as well, if need be. Orphan Art will not charge for this.
By utilizing the children's own artwork to generate revenue, that is then returned to the children, they become empowered to influence their own future. No other charitable organization is utilizing this particular strategy. This dynamic exchange, coupled with the strength of the market for artwork, provides Orphan Art with a virtually unlimited opportunity for growth and success.
The advent of the Internet and the move towards a more global economy has provided Orphan Art with precisely the right environment to flourish. By capitalizing on these opportunities the organization can deliver a service to children throughout the world, and offer highly desirable goods to a marketplace with little in the way of space and overhead requirements.
Orphan Art, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 organization .