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an art empowerment box that encourages creativity for kids
an art empowerment box that encourages creativity for kids
an art empowerment box that encourages creativity for kids
55 backers pledged $1,155 to help bring this project to life.

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 Creativity and playtime through art is essential for kids.

ART NOW is a creativity tool designed for kids to easily jump into fun and exciting art activities at home. It's a kit that, through art, helps kids process personal challenges that they may be dealing with at school or during the day.

ART NOW is for, but not limited to:

  • Kids who need a creative, physical outlet as a break from technology
  • Kids who’ve experienced social anxiety and depression
  • Their parents to facilitate a comfortable conversation with kids while art making
  • Educators and healers to implement new workshops

The box design includes art materials, three activities, and activity instructions for kids to experience the healing power of creative expression through art. The activities, in addressing a personal challenge through art, are centered around: Opening Up, Healing, then Resolution.

Art helped me overcome deep hurt as I experienced bullying at a young age until late high school.

Since moving schools overseas several times, and later attending a small preparatory school that fostered close-minded cliquish thinking, I was confronted by episodes of verbal and physical abuse in these environments. This is a very vulnerable topic for me, although I want to help heal the hurt kids feel from bullying, or from any other personal challenge they face early in life, and see them grow into potential-filled adulthood with strong self-esteem.

It has taken extreme measures to alleviate subconscious fears rooted in my past experiences with bullying. Today, I’m grateful for the support from friends and family in overcoming this darkness. It would be an invaluable tool to have a therapeutic art set designed for opening up, finding healing, and entering into the world with a refreshed mind.

ART NOW offers activities that heal those hurt by, for example: bullying, social anxiety, stress, or depression. The four core activities are:

  • "Open Up" - Origami
  • "Healing" - Drawing (Colored Pencils/Crayons/Oil Pastels)
  • "Resolution" - Create a Token

Origami: The box, ART NOW will include easy image-based instructions for kids to make their own origami. They can choose from either a flower, boat, swan, or bird. This activity will integrate qualities behind opening up through conversation while creating origami and feeling lighter.

Drawing: The child will be prompted to draw what they feel, and to express themselves freely on the canvas. They can choose between Freeform Drawing with Colored Pencils, Oil Pastels, or Crayons. There will be an illustrated pamphlet of instructions for each of these choices.

Create a Token: To find resolution and closure with an issue, kids can create their own sparkly token that signifies a remembrance of their growing experience from the ART NOW box as they go forward in life. This craft acts as a way to treasure and find fulfillment from what they’ve created. The box will include a foam star cutout that they can decorate with sparkles and glitter.

  • Origami Folding Paper
  • Sketchbook
  • Blue / Yellow / Orange / Green / Red Foam Star Cutouts
  • Sparkles + Glitter
  • Glitter Glue
  • Crayons / Oil Pastels / Colored Pencils
  • 1 Handwritten Instructions Booklet

ART NOW is for kids need a creative, physical outlet as a break from technology.

The kit can also, more specifically, heal feelings of social anxiety and depression. It is also designed for their parents to help bring the family together in confronting personal challenges. In addition, educators and healers can implement new workshops where the participants can use the box to do its activities together.

People around the world can use ART NOW as a healing tool to practice self-worth by taking a moment for fun, exciting, and transformative creativity.

Regarding the issue of bullying, kids who experience this issue are oftentimes not able to see their full potential in life. Their self-esteem is hurt and this victimization gives the ones leading its activity a destructive sense of power. Supporting ART NOW not only means showing those bullied that you care, it also means perpetuating conversations about bullying. The topic is very stigmatized in society, and comes with a feeling of shame. By supporting this project, you’ll be taking a stand against bullying and the effects of it.

Bullying has a detrimental effect on kids’ health, wellness, and learning. They feel disconnected from school, have lower academic outcomes, and lose confidence. BullyingStatistics.org states: “A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying.” According to the Suicide Prevention Center at CDC: “Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year.”

ART NOW is a first step to stop these numbers from growing.

* You'll also get special access to our private instagram group to post your art creations and join the community. Our community will encourage creativity for kids as a movement. It will be a safe space to share your art and be supported.

$3: High Five!

Thank you for supporting the arts and creativity for kids.

$5: Social Media Ninja

You will get personally acknowledged on social media. I'll also follow you on three social media accounts of choice!

$15: Rainbow Magician

You will get a hand-written note in the mail, exquisitely watercolor painted just for you.

$25: Happy Healer

You’ll get a collection of super colorful and feel-good stickers in the mail.

$30: The ART NOW Master

You’ll get ART NOW mailed to you - which includes the four activities plus:

  • Origami Folding Paper
  • Sketchbook
  • Blue/Yellow/Orange/Green/Red Foam Star Cutouts
  • Sparkles + Glitter
  • Glitter Glue
  • Crayons / Oil Pastels / Colored Pencils
  • 1 Handwritten Instructions Booklet

$45: The ART NOW Master + VIP

Wowza! ART NOW + special access to our instagram group to post your creations and join the community.

$50: Voyager

You are invited to come to my art studio in Manhattan and I can be a sounding board for any issue you're experiencing.

$75: Voyager + Creator

  • Studio Visit
  • Art Together

$100: Voyager + Creator + Glitter Seeker

  • Studio Visit
  • Art Together
  • Collaborative ART NOW Box

In addition to visiting my studio and creating art together using a medium that speaks to you, we can also do all of the activities in the ART NOW box collaboratively.

$350: Bronze Sponsor

  • ART NOW
  • Painted Thank You Note
  • VIP Instagram Access

$500: Silver Sponsor

  • ART NOW
  • Painted Thank You Note
  • VIP Instagram Access
  • Studio Visit

$650: Gold Sponsor

  • ART NOW
  • Painted Thank You Note
  • VIP Instagram Access
  • Studio Visit
  • Sticker Collection

$800: Platinum Sponsor

  • ART NOW
  • Painted Thank You Note
  • VIP Instagram Access
  • Studio Visit
  • Sticker Collection
  • Three ART NOW Boxes 4 Friends
  • Social Media Bundle

To bring ART NOW to life, I need your support. Funds will be used for art supplies, rewards materials, and mailing expenses. It will also help support the labor and costs involved in putting together the box design.

Hello, nice to meet you! I am an MFA Interaction Design student at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York. I'm also a UX Designer and Strategist. I made my way into Interaction Design through music, the arts, and a variety of cultures and languages. From a very early age, I sang in choirs, played the trombone in jazz bands, danced in local workshops, painted independently, and was involved in several theater productions. At Principia College, I majored in English Literature and Studio Art. I also studied Digital Media Production and The Language of Drawing in Greece and Turkey. 

After college, I lived in Uruguay for four years, where I developed and ran my own web design company. I created thousands of transformational online experiences for businesses worldwide. It is my core philosophy that every person has infinite potential, and with the right design strategy, one’s website can be a key step along his or her pathway toward success. I use an imaginative and curiosity-driven approach, one that maximizes my background in the arts to create optimal digital interfaces.

In my free time, I can be found rollerblading, writing poetry, visiting art museums, or painting. I am fluent in Spanish and also speak French and Portuguese.

Risks and challenges

It's a risk that the ART NOW boxes may sell too quickly and/or exceed my budgeted art materials expense. In this case, I would communicate with backers about consequential delays. As a result, all operations would be delayed which includes content preparation and shipping.

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    Social Media Ninja

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    Rainbow Magician

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    Happy Healer

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    The ART NOW Master

    You’ll get ART NOW mailed to you - which includes the four activities plus:

    - Origami Folding Paper
    - Sketchbook
    - Blue/Yellow/Orange/Green/Red Foam Star Cutouts
    - Sparkles + Glitter
    - Glitter Glue
    - Crayons / Oil Pastels / Colored Pencils
    - 1 Handwritten Instructions Booklet

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    The ART NOW Master + VIP

    Wowza! ART NOW + special access to our instagram group to post your creations and join the community.

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    Voyager

    You are invited to come to my art studio in Manhattan and I can be a sounding board for any issue you're experiencing.

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    - Art Together

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    Voyager + Creator + Glitter Seeker

    - Studio Visit
    - Art Together
    - Collaborative ART NOW Box

    In addition to visiting my studio and creating art together using a medium that speaks to you, we can also do all of the activities in the ART NOW box collaboratively.

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    Bronze Sponsor

    - ART NOW
    - Painted Thank You Note
    - VIP Instagram Access

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    - Painted Thank You Note
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    Gold Sponsor

    - ART NOW
    - Painted Thank You Note
    - VIP Instagram Access
    - Studio Visit
    - Sticker Collection

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    Platinum Sponsor

    - ART NOW
    - Painted Thank You Note
    - VIP Instagram Access
    - Studio Visit
    - Sticker Collection
    - Three ART NOW Boxes 4 Friends
    - Social Media Bundle

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