Art therapy will reach into the hearts of recently freed slaves from Bahari, India. Lets share their powerful voice with the world.
Benjamin Swatez and Diana Grove will leave for a small village near Varanasi, India, named Bahari, in the month of March. The entire village has just recently been freed from debt bondage slavery by NGO Free the Slaves and Lloyd Callahan. The people of Bahari have no electricity, nor running water, but they are FREE!
Benjamin and Diana will live for one month in this village learning, sharing, and holding workshops of visual art with the Indian people. Paints, brushes, and canvas will be carried into Bahari for the villagers to express their freedom through the visual arts. We will offer an opportunity for the people to give voice to their freedom, returning to the United States with an exhibition of their artwork. Benjamin will paint the artists' portraits, juxtaposing professional techniques with the expression of those painting for the very first time. These paintings will be on display for the entire world to see the genius within the eyes of the underrepresented.
Imagine never having the opportunity as a child to freely express yourself. This beautiful art will remind us never to take life for granted. Why not lend a helping hand when we have the strength to do so? Join us in our journey to spread the love and healing powers of creativity. Thank you!
$800... camera supplies to document
$2100... art supplies
$3000... plane tickets
All excess donations will be greatly appreciated and placed into the post production funds.
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Jan 12, 2011 - Feb 11, 2011 (30 days)
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You receive updates and photos of the project. You also feel warm inside.
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You receive a handwritten post from India.
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You receive a signed five by eight photograph of us beside the villagers in Bahari, India.
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You receive the signed dvd we will make of the journey! THANK YOU!
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You will receive a drawing from one of the villagers as they blossom in their newly found freedom!!!.
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You will receive a delicious home cooked meal if you live anywhere on the west coast, plus all of the above. We will share first hand tale of the experience.
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You will receive all of the above and the largest hug you have ever imagined in person! I will personally give you a professional fire dancing performance!
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Upon returning to the States I will be painting the artist's portrait into their composition with oil paint, juxtaposing their face into their vision of freedom. One of these framed paintings will belong to you after touring the U.S. THANK YOU!~