Summer Art Camps Coming up!

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3rd Art Makes You SUMMER Art Camps are coming up in July 12 & 13th in Jūrmalā, Latvia. 

Art Makes You mākslas dienas ir divu dienu pasākums, kura laikā dažādu mākslas jomu pārstāvji iepazīstinās jauniešus ar savu profesiju un iesaistīs praktiskās nodarbībās, lai sniegtu plašāku ieskatu par jomas būtību un ikdienu.

Pasākuma laika jauniešiem ir iespēja tikties ar dažādiem māksliniekiem, kā piemēram aktieri, horeogrāfi un dejotāju, gleznotāju, grima mākslinieku, fotogrāfu, gleznotāju, mūziķiem un citu jomu pārstāvjiem. Trīs jauniešiem būs iespēja iegūt Art Makes You stipendiju, kas finansē interešu izglītību jaunieša izvēlētajā mākslas veidā viena mācību gada ietvaros.

Mākslas dienas notiks 2017 gada 12. un 13. jūlijā, pulksten 9.40 – 17.00 Jūrmalas Mākslas skolā, Dubultos. Pasākuma laikā tiks nodrošināta ēdināšana, mākslinieku vadītas nodarbības un tām nepieciešamie rekvizīti. Nepieciešamības gadījumā tiks organizēts transports, kas jauniešus nogādā uz pasākuma norises vietu Jūrmalā, nosakot visām pusēm ērtu pulcēšanās vietu.

*Pasākums ir organizācijas Art Meks You sponsorēts. 

Jūrmalas Mākslas Skola 

Jūrmalas Mākslas Skola 

VISIEM MŪSU MĀKSLINIEKIEM, LIELS PALDIES PAR PIEDALĪŠANOS UN ATSAUCĪBU! 

ART MAKES YOU - INESE & ANTRA

Summer Art Camp Recap / Getting Ready for Winter Art Camps 2017!

DO WHAT YOU LOVE.

While a lot of people have been caught up in the presidential campaign, we are focusing on our own #DOWHATYOULOVE campaign, that will support our upcoming Art Makes You Winter Art Camps for underprivileged children. 

We had a blast in our Art Makes You Summer camps here in US with Solid Ground children in Seattle (Building community to end poverty).  We had a Photography intro class with Inese Westcott capturing our own portraits, painting project with amazing Kimberly Adams and drama class with Olga Rublinetska.  Thank you to our partners Toys for Kids local organization. 

In Latvia, Jurmala, we had several day camp introducing children with Dance, Acting, Painting, Photography, Music, Design and Makeup art.  We are truly thankful to the best of the best art professionals who shared their time and talent with children: Andrejs Zavadskis - photo, Liga Liberte - dance, Anita Intaite - makeup art, Agnese Rancane - graphic design, Kristpas Rasims - acting, Gundega Duduma - painting, Annija Putnina - performing arts. And our awesome hosts Kaspars Zlidnis and Valters Fridenbergs. The big THANK YOU to our very own Antra Savlevica for putting this all in to action. 

Artists from Art Makes You summer camp Augusts, 2016

Artists from Art Makes You summer camp Augusts, 2016

Even more importantly, we all made new friendships, that makes this art camp experience even more fun and meaningful. 

Fall Art Makes You Art Camp in Ukraine is happening as I write this (Oct 28 - 30th). Will keep you up-to-date with more photos and info coming up.  

Now, to the next adventures - getting ready for ART MAKES YOU WINTER ART CAMPS 2017! 

If you want to support us and show your love, you can DONATE or purchase your very own DO WHAT YOU LOVE bracelet! 

Bracelet - DO WHAT YOU LOVE
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WHATEVER IT IS YOU LOVE DOING, REMIND YOURSELF TO DO IT MORE!

#DOWHATYOULOVEcamp 

By purchasing this bracelet, every $ goes toward our Winter ART MAKES YOU Art Camps, covering art supplies, space, food and all the necessities to make our Art Makes You art program happen. 

Art Makes You will add a card and fill it out by hand before sending it to the address(es) you specify upon checking out. We can send the cards directly to you or directly to the recipient... you choose upon checking out! 

100% of your donation directly funds Art Makes You programs

NOTE: If purchasing more than 10 bracelets, please email inese@artmakesyou.org to provide the names and addresses of each person. 

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It's been a GREAT year!

As Inese and I are getting deeper into the work mode planning our next fundraiser, I want to reflect on the absolutely amazing 2015 and all the great events that took place over the past year.

The Art Makes You community grew so much! We had the kindest, brightest and most wonderful people helping us along the way (and we appreciate EVERY SINGLE SOUL who contributed to our cause and made our dream come true!!!) It feels like we are on the right track in terms of finding our mission.  And I must admit it feels really good!

 Art is a powerful tool, especially when combined with noble mission. The AMY project was originally put together to serve the kids through art. Through Art To Hearts.  Oh, what a global pain it was to try to find the right way among the countless options! It took us some time and personal experience to shape up our idea into something that eventually became one of the most rewarding experiences! The idea of having art classes for underprivileged children was born over yet another cup of coffee during a very expressive argument and it just clicked as if it was meant to be all along. Inese kept generating ideas and I kept trashing them one-by-one until she said two words- ART CAMP! I think we both got incredibly excited to get a sense of being on to something. And so it begun

 Slowly, but surely we built up a circle of supporters who helped us during our first two fundraisers. Looking back at our very first event, we just cant not to take a moment and relive that awesome feeling of appreciation for all of the kindness, love and devotion that our family and close friends showed us by staying by our side making the Art Makes You dream possible. 

 In September of 2015 we had our third fundraiser. This time the number of attendees had almost doubled and we managed to raise more money then initially expected. 

The plan was to raise enough funds to sponsor three art camps for the children in need in USA, Latvia and Ukraine. With the help of our fantastic supporters, we were able to successfully have all three camps providing much needed relief and bringing unforgettable experience into the lives of over 60 children! Of course I have to mention all the adults who got involved in our project along the way, which Ill gladly do a little later.

 Our pilot camp took place in Riga, Latvia in November, 2015. Inese was restlessly working with her friends from Latvia organizing this amazing event; spooling up local celebrities to teach inspirational master-classes for the kids from the local orphanage and underprivileged families. Inese and her friend managed to get a local landmark, a grand city Library to host our two-day camp! I wish I was there, too! Here how Inese described both days of master-classes: 

“ Hello friends - we are happy to announce that our first Art Makes You Art Camp was a resounding success! We had thirty children ranging from 12-16 years old join us in the two-day experience. The children heard about photography, acting, culinary arts, music, dance, fashion design, and much more.  We were also privileged to have ten professional artists attend - sharing their backgrounds, what they did on a daily basis, and their vision for the arts.  From the photos and quotes below, it was a terrific experience, one we believe inspired the children to invest in their creative talent and shoot for their dreams.

...To inspire kids to shoot for their dreams! That is pricelessly what AMY is about. To give the kids the chance to dream, create, realize their dreams and dream some more! 

 Back to the art camps.

 The camp number two took place here, in Bellevue, WA. Since both of us, Inese and I, are coming from a completely different cultural upbringing, we were a little nervous preparing to work with the local kids. Our mission was clear and we were eager to meet with the children from the local organization, Atlantic Street Center, and have some great time teaching art, yet we had thousands little what ifs that added some adrenaline to our prep time. No matter how confident we were about our knowledge, intentions and our supporting team, we had no idea what kind of feedback we are about to get... And what we were about to get was beyond any words! 

Our students were so sincerely happy, curious and involved! Despite the fact that we all just met, by the end of the weekend we felt like weve been friends forever. We did some finger painting, danced, played, acted, laughed, we talked about nothing and everything! We thought we were teaching them while in reality the children were teaching usto find joy in the new experiences, to be brave, to go for it and be proud of the results! As adults, we tend to overthink, we judge and put stamps. Watching these kids interact was a powerful reminder of how the world was MEANT to function: work in a team, help each other, love, respect and enjoy every moment of it! It was wonderful in many ways and we are truly blessed to get the chance to be a part of such experience.

 Of course non of it would be possible without our amazing volunteers. The teaching crew has exceeded all of our expectations! 

 Over the course of the weekend, children have created an actual painting!  Using fingers instead of a brush and the real oil paints, guided by the outstanding artist, Kimberly Temper, our young artists completed their first team masterpiece-- The Colorful Forest!  Watching Kimberly work with the kids on their masterpiece was fascinating! Her talent and ability to engage everyone in the process were so contagious that we all left our fingerprint on the group painting. 

We definitely will repeat it, and it definitely will be with the one and only Kimberly Temper!

 Not only we got to paint together with the students, we also got to participate in a fun photography class!

 The photographer, who had previously taken all of our beautiful event pictures and whose talent is as big as her heart, Mallory McDonald, came to teach her class fully loaded with all kinds of fancy equipment, stands, props and other professional bells and whistles! Kids literally got to spend time behind and in front of the camera! (We are talking about a real professional camera with the lens bigger then some of the students)! Everybody got a great insight into a profession of a photographer and a model! Just check out our photo report.

We hope Mallory will keep documenting our events capturing all the beautiful faces and the important moments! 

 

Oh, the power of dance!

 We could not believe our luck when Natalya Zrazhevskaya and Umario Diallo, the nationally and internationally known ballroom dancers confirmed that they are coming to give an intro lesson to our students! Unfortunately, my vocabulary is quite limited when I try to describe what this couple does on stage. They take your breath away! And this is exactly what they did to all of us during their master-class. Non of the kids ever had any experience with the ballroom dancing before. So when this gorgeous couple started to move inviting the rest of us to follow, everybody just freeze unable to take our eyes of these two. Anyway, it did not take long for the kids to relax and join the action.)  What fun time we all had with Natalya and Umario!  The lesson ended with our newly trained hip-hop dancers performing (!!!) a piece that they have just learned with their skilled teachers. We were very impressed and certainly very proud!

Our April fundraiser will definitely be a major upgrade in many ways. There will be lots and lots of fun perks to look forward to. Perhaps we all will get to experience a little Tango?

 One of the most positive members of the AMY team volunteers - Olga Rublinetska. 

 I could go on and on describing the incredible variety of virtues and talents that this lady possesses! Olga is one of those people who are born to leave a mark and make a difference. She has a degree in Psychology, she is a dancer, a director, a writer, an actress, a social worker and so much more She is beyond altruistic, very charming and has an outstanding sense of humor. As you may imagine, having a person like Olga committing herself to volunteer our camp was very thrilling news.  Olga took on the most difficult part of our program - she incorporated elements of psychology into her drama classes! It was almost like watching a fascinating scientific experiment. Thanks to her teaching/directing/acting experience, she knew immediately how to find a right approach to every student. There was a lot of imagination, silliness and laughterinvolved. Just as we planned ( and hoped), by the end of our last day of the camp everyone were happy, exhausted, excited, sad to part and ready to meet again.

 

We would like to give our love and appreciation to our wonderful friends Lana Kao and Lana Neyolova, for assisting with the camp! Many thanks to the Birch Tree Academy, Bellevue, and for providing us with the amazing space!

 

Local Art Makes You Art Camp in (Bellevue, WA).

Over the weekend of November 7-8th, Birch Tree Academy has been such a great friend hosting quite a few kids and adults during the Art Makes You art camp. The feelings are completely overwhelming. We are incredibly happy, sad, exhausted, inspired and so on...I think during this two days we soaked in all the bright colors of art that our kids got to experience with our amazing teachers! Kimberly Tremper, Mallory Rae MacDonald, Olga Rublinetska, Natalya Zrazhevskaya, Umario Diallo, Lana Neyolova, Lana Kao Fauser, Inese Westcott, on behalf of the kids ( and adults) who participated in the camp - thank you for sharing your time and talents! For inspiring and giving the kids encouragement to dream and to go for it!

We got lucky to work with such a fun group of kids! Special thanks to Atlantic Street Center for the help with children.

"Thank you for hosting us over the weekend! Our youth had a great time with you and your staff, and learned invaluable lessons around art. We are very appreciative of the hospitality and accommodations your team showed our group over the weekend. Our youth walked away with increased confidence in their artwork, and a new found passion in exposure to possible different art outlets. Erica Lane/ Youth Development/ Atlantic Street Family Resource Center". 

Our next stop is Kharkov, Ukraine. The camp is coming up in December. Excited!

First Art Makes You Art Camp - SUCCESS!

Hello friends - we are happy to announce that our first Art Makes You Art Camp was a resounding success! 

We had thirty children ranging from 12-16 years old join us in the two-day experience. The children heard about photography, acting, culinary arts, music, dance, fashion design, and much more.  We were also privileged to have ten professional artists attend - sharing their backgrounds, what they did on a daily basis, and their vision for the arts.  From the photos and quotes below, it was a terrific experience, one we believe inspired the children to invest in their creative talent and shoot for their dreams.

Here's a photo of where the camp was held - in the National Library: 

National Library of Latvia 

National Library of Latvia 

We were lucky to have the special group of volunteers and children specialist who shared that the the event was not only interesting and insightful, but also very NEEDED for the children. 

From left to right: Antra, Kaspars, Inese, Aija, Inga and Sintija (taking the photo). 

From the Art Makes You team: THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!!

Our amazing Team in Latvia! 

Our amazing Team in Latvia! 

From the Kids...

Our journey with the kids started with finding out who they were and what they wanted to do. We called this "Project Imagine", where we asked them questions like:

  • What is the happiest and saddest thing that happened to them? (draw or write) 
  • What is their biggest dreams?
  • What they would have to do to make their dream come true? 

and much more!

Their answers gave us terrific insights into not only how we could serve them during the Art Camps, but also how we could support a few of them beyond the camp experience. We're currently identifying how we can help them further with their interests and education in the future. 

We noticed children opening up to the artists and our volunteers, and by the end of the day they were really relaxed and open to the new experiences. 

We're delighted to share some of the photos from the event: 

Day 1

Day 2

Thank you!

Events like these could not be possible without the generous support of you - our donors and supporters from all around the world. We can't say this enough - your partnership enables us to fulfill the vision we have - of unlocking the power of creativity of our children through the power of art. THANK YOU. 

We looking forward to sharing news from our next set of Art Camps - from Bellevue, WA (USA) and Kharkiv, Ukraine!

 

ART MAKES YOU ART CAMP. First one in Riga, Latvia.

Hello friends!

This is it – the culmination of our hard work; together we believed, and now we’re making it a reality!

A few months ago, we shared our vision about our art camps – special programs where children could go and be exposed to various forms of art in a safe and welcoming environment. A place where they could be free to escape the challenges in their lives, and for a brief moment, explore their creativity without any walls – emotional, mental, or financial.

We’re delighted to announce that the first Art Makes You art camp is going live – in beautiful Riga, Latvia!

Thirty children (twenty more than our original plan!) will be participating in a two-day art program coached and mentored by ten amazing artists at the beautiful Latvian National Library. The program will cover different forms of art like photography, crafts, and much more (full list below), giving our children insights into these fields and providing the foundations they need to follow their interests. The children will also learn about the library itself, a prominent symbol of education and the arts, enjoy dinner on the top floor, and be treated to a play at the Latvian National Theater. We couldn’t be more excited!

Photo by Indriķis Stūrmanis

Photo by Indriķis Stūrmanis

All of this couldn’t have happened without a team of friends believing in our vision and making this a reality. Our heartfelt thanks goes to:

·      Antra Savlevica for her organizational skills

·      The Latvian National Library for providing accommodations

·      Our talented artist volunteers making a difference in the lives of thirty young teenagers: 

Latvian Artists

o   Andris Bulis (Acting)

o   Agnese Rakovska (Music)

o   Anna Panna (Anna Birmane) (Culinary Arts)

o   Andris and Inguss Reizenbergi (Beverage Crafts)

o   Miks Dukurs (Music)

o   Evita Staģīte (Fashion Design)

o   Līga Liberte (Dance)

o   Andrejs Zavadskis (Photography)

o   Lindards Augusts (Fashion Arts)

We’re also exploring how we can support the children beyond the art camps in the field of art that they choose. We’ll keep you updated!

Thank you for your generous support – we’re making this vision a reality.

 We hope you’re as excited about this as we are – our next stop for art-camps: Bellevue, Washington in November 7 & 8th working with Atlantic Street Teens!    And Kharkiv, Ukraine December 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th, where we have invited children from families of fallen soldiers and refugees. 

Thank You All! 

Art Makes You

 

We did it!!!

Hi Everyone!

Fall is always a beautiful time. Leaves are changing, children are back in school, and there’s a crispness in the air that sends a gentle sign of change. We couldn’t be more inspired about how seasons tell us about new times & opportunities. At Art Makes You, this change is upon us as well.

It’s been a week since our amazing fundraising event in Bellevue. As we look back, three things happened:

You saw…the generosity of artists like Barbie LiefertBrian Monroney, Eva Stephanus, Maja Arnold, as they shared their passions with us through their craft.

You heard…the impact of art as Sandis Kondrats , Tony Simpson and Olga Rublinetska shared how sculpture, photography, & drama respectively gave them a voice and vision, and allowed them to impact lives, starting with their own.

You gave…to our cause of helping children discover their voice by exposing them to the power of creativity through various forms of art.

We are humbled by the results:

·       70 individuals representing over 20 companies attended the event

·       80% of all artwork was successfully auctioned

·       $12,000 was raised, exceeding our stated goal of $10,000!

It all happened because of you - our friends, sponsors, and supporters.

We couldn’t be more grateful – thank you!

The photos from the event came out beautifully – you can find them below.  Thank you Mallory MacDonald! 

Changing our focus, & getting to work

With our generous donors and supporters putting resources in our hands, we’re now turning our hearts and hands to the work that needs to be done!

Our Art Camps will serve fifteen kids in three countries (45 together) with one mission – to expose them to different types of art.  We are working with Atlantic Street Center children here in Seattle, with SOS Families from Riga in Latvia and fallen soldier families children who have been relocated due to the war situation in Ukraine.  We expect them to be engaged, delighted, & inspired by what they see and do – and that’s just the beginning! 

Please stay connected with us as we share their stories on our blog and Facebook pages.

We can’t thank you all enough for your incredible support – please share our story with your friends and families…we couldn’t be more excited about the future!

We are thankful to our amazing supporters! 

Art Makes You Sponsors 

Art Makes You Sponsors 

Xoxo,

Inese & Eva.

www.artmakesyou.com 


Speech by Olga Rublinestska for Art Makes You 3rd Fundraising Event on September 19th.

/Olga Rublinetskas speech for Art Makes You/ 

Good evening.

When I was in my second to last year at the University of Washington studying psychology, I decided that I wanted to get more involved in the community and try something different. That’s when an advisor connected me with Circle of Friends for Mental Health, a fantastic organization that offers various arts classes for individuals with mental illnesses and those recovering from addiction. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I agreed to become a drama teacher, considering my drama experience was limited to an improv class in 7th grade and a summer camp at Seattle Children’s Theatre. Nevertheless, I agreed to teach drama weekly at a psychiatric community center in Wallingford and to this day, it has probably been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. After a few months of charades, improv games, and short skits, my regular students and I decided to write a short skit - what became known as “The Healing of Arnold.” One of my students did a killer Arnold Schwarzenegger impression, so obviously he had to be a character pioneering an intense physical work-out as a sort of “cure” for mental illness. Pretty soon, Obama made it into the script, along with some free-spirited hippies who challenged Arnold to access his internal strength through yoga and meditation. Oh, and naturally there was a dance number to the YMCA in it too. The play was ridiculous, to say the least, but who was I to stand in the way of their creativity? After weeks of rehearsals and crazy plot alterations, we performed it at the center and it was a smash hit. After we performed it and were parting ways for the day, the star of the skit, Arnold, came up to me and said something that I think will stay with me for a long time to come. He said, “Thank you for letting us be ourselves.”

 

I let him and my other students be themselves? What does that mean? And why is it something to be so grateful for? These are thoughts that went in and out of my mind for days after he said this. I soon realized, though, that for my students, our drama group, which took up a mere hour out of the week, was special because it allowed them to open up and express themselves completely, without fear of judgment. It was a place of comfort and solace in a world where their voices were often shunned and ignored.

 

This is what art has the potential to do for people, for everyone - regardless of age or mental ability. Whether it be drama, or painting, or writing, or playing music, these crafts allows people to be themselves in a world that often encourages conformity. It allows them to discover themselves and build a stronger voice, which is nothing short of empowering. 

And you know who really needs this, even more so than the Arnold of my play? Kids. Whose lives and voices have been largely torn apart and silenced by a horrible war. Kids, whose greatest supporters may not be around for them anymore. Kids, who are hurt and confused, and have no real way to express these emotions or even begin to try and resolve them. Allowing kids to create something of their own that they can be proud of is empowering and strengthening. It is therapeutic while creatively stimulating. I have no doubt that we’ve all experienced these same feelings as kids and adults - after drawing a picture, or composing a piece of music, or writing a poem, or whatever other piece of work you’ve created in your lifetime that you’ve been proud of.

I wholeheartedly believe that it’s our collective responsibility as compassionate human beings and as supporters of the next generation to allow these kids to experience these same feelings. It’s these same feelings and experiences that will provide them with the strength they need to heal, to develop their own unique voices, and to live happy, fulfilling lives.

 

Thank you. 

What's happening on September 19th!

We are getting very excited about our upcoming event! 

To get you all warmed up, we would like to share a couple of things that will be happening during the evening. 

We are very proud to present local wines from Lauren Ashton Callers

The fantastic musician guitar player and composer  Brian Monroney !!! 

We are having Barbi Leifert join us with her contemporary painting “Vibrations”, a 40x30" mixed media on canvas that will be put up for silent auction!

The painting will be accompanied by a special DANCE by two professional dancers, Amelia Claire Bolyard and Ian Howe, choreograped by Barbi Leifert. Make sure to bring you dancing shoes to join them! ;) 

We are also having Sandis Kondrats, an accomplished sculptor and author of a book telling his remarkable story!  

Our very own Eva Stephanus will have her hand painted garments demonstrated for the auction.  

A silent auction with opportunities to purchase several items, including your very own art piece by Maja Arnold design. 

Inese Westcott - Maja 2015-6bw.jpg

 

MARA Threads a fantastic hand crochet garments and much more! 

We are very lucky to have our amazing photographer Mallory capturing all the great moments of this event!

And the fantastic Story Tellers Genevieve Pierson and Jen Utley is going to video all the fun happening. 

Don’t forget the fabulous company of our special guests, as well as great food and wine! 

Make sure to purchase your Event Ticket! 

BIG thank YOU to our amazing sponsors and supporters! 

See you all on September 19th! 


Inese & Eva 


Save The Date!

Hello Art Makes You friends!

We hope you are enjoying the beautiful Seattle summer that we are having.

We are delighted to extend an invitation to you, our special supporters, as we share exciting news about a new initiative - the Art Makes You Art Camp Program

We’ve designed the five-day camps to focus on introducing various forms of art to children. They will have the unique opportunity to get first-hand experiences and learn to create artwork from professional artists across a wide range of fields like photography, painting, drawing, and much more. Even more exciting, we’ll be holding these across three countries - the United States, Latvia, and Ukraine.

We’ll be sharing more details at our upcoming 3rd Art Makes You fundraiseron Saturday, September 19th @ 7:00 pm!

Please save the date! 

We believe that creativity and art have the power to help children see beyond their circumstances. We believe that by exposing them to various forms of art and supporting their creativity, we set them free to discover their unique voices. We believe that with the right influence, this process sparks the beginning of a journey of fulfillment and purpose in the lives of the children we serve! 

Details, details, details! 

The event will be held at one of the most celebrated galleries in Bellevue, the Gunner Nordstrom Gallery. The guest list is already filling up, and our team is planning what will be an enchanting evening -  one that will be fun and memorable in our very own Art Makes You way!

As always, all the proceeds from the event will go to support an amazing cause. Join us for a special evening that will not only be entertaining, but meaningful!

Want to help? We’re glad you asked! :) 

We’re always on the lookout for people that are passionate about our cause and want to help. Interested? Please reach out at inese@artmakesyou.com!

We’re looking forward to seeing you all very soon. Please follow us on Facebook and on our blog (www.artmakesyou.com) for more information!

Also, if you haven't seen this yet, here is a video story how Art Makes You came about! VIDEO STORY 

Next time you will be receiving info and updates from our new email addresses -  Inese@artmakesyou.com and Eva@artmakesyou.com

 Love,

Inese & Eva,

Founders, Art Makes You. 



Getting To Work

Sveiki visiem/Привіт всім! (Hello Everyone!)

 What a journey it’s been since we saw each other at our 2nd Annual Art Makes You event!  We exceeded our fundraising goals, raised the adoption funds for Ingus & the Boothby family (including a VERY generous match from a special supporter) & gained a new set of friends! Words can’t express how grateful Eva and I are for your support. Thank you so much!

 Getting to Work

 After the event, we got to work right away.  We split up our tasks: I (Inese) would head to Latvia and visit some of the sites during a scheduled vacation. Eva would reach out to the families of the fallen soldiers.

Here are our stories!

 Calling the Ukrainian families – Eva

 I was excited to call the families and share that we successfully raised the funds they needed. At the same time, I knew it was going to be difficult. Why? I realized just how fortunate I have been to have my loved ones around me, and that the people I was going to be talking with recently lost someone they loved.  I breathed deeply, and picked up the phone.

 I spoke with all the three of the wives. Words can’t express just how emotionally overwhelming the calls were. These women - so broken, so emotionally and physically exhausted, were so incredibly touched by the generosity and attention we shared with them. I was deeply moved as I heard their responses to our gifts, thoughts, and prayers. It was simple, but powerful:

“Я отримала гроші. Хочу висловити Вам подяку в такий важкий для нас час. Дай Бог Вам здоровя за вашу доброту.”

“I received the money. I would like to express our gratitude for your help during such difficult times. May you be blessed for your kindness.”

One of the families in Ukraine sent us a thank you photo. 

One of the families in Ukraine sent us a thank you photo. 

 I am keeping in touch with the families through texts and phone calls. What you all did for them is immeasurable – and they are incredibly grateful!

 Going Home, Touching Hearts – Inese

 During my recent trip to Latvia, I met with Amanda Grase from the Labdaribas Lapa charity organization, a special group that helps families with children during difficult times. We shared our stories and passion for serving children (what a great time we had!) and agreed that the best way to help is to organize experiences, rather than supply gifts. Our brainstorming led to an “Art Camp” idea, an experience spread across our three countries - Latvia, Ukraine, and the USA. We talked about giving children art supplies, connecting them with artists and teachers, and helping them learn more about visual and performing arts.  By providing them with the resources they need to create – we give their creativity wings…and who knows how high they will fly? That’s what Art Makes You is all about! I’ll keep you updated on the Art Camp planning – we’re working on doing this before Christmas!

 Keeping our promise

 Eva and I are determined to keep our commitment to you – that every dollar raised goes to helping serve the children and families in need. We’ve maintained that commitment from the beginning and will continue to do so. We’re humbled to be in a position to help others and to have earned your trust.  On behalf of the families we serve and from the bottom of our hearts – thank you. 

What’s next?

We’ve started planning for our next event in September. With so many talented artists, designers, and creative friends among us, we’re exploring putting on a unique fashion show – something out of the ordinary that brings together our artistic talent in a fun way! We’re also working on an internationally coordinated Art Camp across Seattle, Ukraine, and Latvia. We can’t wait to share more with you!

 Make sure you follow us on Facebook, as well as on this blog to learn about all the latest crazy ideas we come up with. We’d love to hear your ideas on how we can make these events even greater! 

Talk with you soon!

Love,

Inese & Eva

 Photos from the event taken by Mallory MacDonald. For more info visit: www.mallorymacdonald.com

 

What are we supporting at the #2 Art Makes You Charity Event

   As many of you know, over 4,000 lives have been lost in the war happening in the southern and eastern parts of Ukraine.  Many of the fallen soldiers families have not received any support from the government, and are deeply affected in need of basic support.

It’s all about the children, and my friends from Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, America, and all around the world have refused to be distracted by the politics of the situation. We’re standing together in compassion for the affected children, and are doing what we can do support the children affected by the war.

These photos are collected from several families we have contacted to reach out and help. More detailed info to follow. 


Behind the amazing photos of our Art Makes You t-shirts

Sometimes things just happen for a great reason.  And so did this!  

My friend Agris from Latvia ordered several hand painted t-shirts created by our amazing artist Eva Stephanus.   Agris has a great sense of style, he loves and appreciates clothing that is unique and different.  Since I know Agris for ever, I could pretty much ask him anything... and so I did.  He agreed to be our Art Makes You model with his beautiful friend Katrina ( I think you can sense the spark in the photos ;)). 

I am also lucky to know a top photographer in Latvia, Andrejs Zavadskis http://andreart.net . Andrejs works in advertisement and is traveling the world to photograph amazing weddings.  

From this February we are raising money to support several families in America who are planing or in a process for international adoption from Latvia and Ukraine.  These are orphans 6 years and older, who most likely will never be adopted in their countries.  The expenses for adoption are about $35 thousand dollars!!!   And for a families who has already hosted orphans, adoption is their next step.  They have fallen in love with the children and want to bring them in their families for good.   We want to help.  And so can You, by Donating or purchasing Art Makes You t-shirts.  We ship worldwide.  Every single dollar/Euro is going towards the cause. 

One of the family who are in the process of adopting Ingus from Latvia story read here: http://www.bringingingushome.blogspot.com

I am always so grateful to know people who want to be a part of something that is my biggest passion - Create Art and help children in need. 

Thank you Agris, Katrina and Andrejs for awesome work! 

And thank You Eva Stephanus for creating these masterpieces.  Every t-shirt is hand painted, every one is different then the other.