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Giving a voice to those in Haitian tent camps & hospitals. 
Exploring the arts as a catalyst for healing & therapy.
Giving a voice to those in Haitian tent camps & hospitals. Exploring the arts as a catalyst for healing & therapy.
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Giving a voice to those in Haitian tent camps & hospitals through art, just in time for the one year anniversary of the earthquake. Capturing feelings and expressing them through art.

Exploring the arts as a catalyst for healing, HOPE Art is inspiring others to create. Many refugee camps in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti are hastily constructed tarp and cardboard make shift towns. As we approach the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that decimated life in Haiti, more and more disjointed families feel hopeless, as if they are screaming silently into the wind. While no one person can swoop in and save or correct everything, studies show that art therapy as a creative outlet provides healing to young adults and children as they are usually less capable and less comfortable expressing themselves through words.

HOPE Art will provide the materials and instruction for a variety of art projects, in one tent city, to commemorate the January 12th earthquake that rocked Haiti in 2010. Melissa Schilling and Jenni Ward have co-taught childrens' classes involving a fusion of artistic and culinary exploration over the past 2 years and now plan to take their creative energy to the children of Haiti using art as a universal language.

HOPE Art PHASE 1 - Create a week of "intentional whimsy" in a Haitian tent city. Purchase art supplies for children to use as soul expression, stress relief, community capturing, social outlet and therapy; crayons, pencils, paints, papers, linens, scrolls for murals & disposable cameras. Reward donors with original prints from both the children and photographer Melissa Schilling.

HOPE Art PHASE 2 - Assemble compilation book of children’s artwork and Melissa’s photo documentation of this art adventure. Print 1,000 books to be sent back to Haiti AND print additional copies for all donors, who donate during Phase 2.

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    GUMBALL MACHINES UNITE: A little goes a long way in supporting this art adventure. For your contribution, you will have access to all of our project updates, a HOPE Art sticker to show your support and a virtual high-five from Haiti.

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    INSPIRE A CHILD: For the caring person who is willing to sacrifice a few lattes in favor of crayons and bring hope to a destitute child, we'll send you a high-res photo for download, so you can “be” with us every step of the way. You'll also have access to all of our project updates plus a HOPE Art sticker to show your support.

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    ROCK PAPER SCISSORS: So you're a gambler? You like to mix it up a little and surprise your opponents with the occasional “paper” throw down. Do it the right way, slip us some green so we can splurge on pastels and paints. We’ll send you a printed 8x10 photograph as your prize plus all of the rewards listed in the previous pledge categories.

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    PAINT BY NUMBERS: At this price point, we’ll salute you from Port au Prince. But we’ll also gift you original artwork by a Haitian child from the tent camps. This artwork could take many formats - this is intentional whimsy people! We’re not here to stamp out creativity. Please understand that your original artwork may take a variety of shapes and sizes.

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    SAN FRANCISCO A-GO-GO: You will be invited to a private viewing of an art and photography exhibit reception - A vicarious Haiti experience for those strapped to desks or frightened of sleeping bags. You may gift this to any stranger on the internet, your Aunt Irma or claim this prize LIVE, details will follow.

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    NAME ON A BRICK: (limited reward, 30 available): Just like it says. You will receive not only a 20 x 20 photograph, original artwork from a Haitian child, an invitation to a private art and photography reception, but you will also receive your name adorned with sprinkles, rainbows and fluffy clouds on our websites (JenniWard.com and MelissaSchilling.com), in gratitude we trust. We will dedicate a portion of the artwork created TO YOU, on a special webpage with your name emblazed all over it. This clickable link can be emailed and shared with friends and family so you may brag about all the beauty you helped bring to a dark corner of the world.

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    SOLID GOLD: (limited reward, 30 available): No, we're not going to dance on a stage, in gold leotards, in your honor. Instead we'll adorn your name in our art book during Phase II of this HOPE Art project. Additionally will receive not only a 20 x 20 photograph, original artwork from a Haitian child, an invitation to a private art and photography reception, but you will also receive your name adorned with sprinkles, rainbows and fluffy clouds on our websites (JenniWard.com and MelissaSchilling.com), in gratitude we trust. We will dedicate a portion of the artwork created TO YOU, on a special webpage with your name emblazed all over it. This clickable link can be emailed and shared with friends and family so you may brag about all the beauty you helped bring to a dark corner of the world.

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    WHITNEY HOUSTON: (limited reward, 10 available): We get so emotional, baby. At this level of support we'd like to sing your praises as loud as we can. You will get a custom coffee table book of this HOPE Art adventure along with the opportunity to serve as a penpal to a Haitian child, using the universal language of art. Jenni Ward herself will provide instruction into this language. Additionally, we'll adorn your name in our art book during Phase II of this HOPE Art project. You will also receive a 20 x 20 photograph, original artwork from a Haitian child, an invitation to a private art and photography reception, AND you will also receive your name adorned with sprinkles, rainbows and fluffy clouds on our websites (JenniWard.com and MelissaSchilling.com), in gratitude we trust. We will dedicate a portion of the artwork created TO YOU, on a special webpage with your name emblazed all over it. This clickable link can be emailed and shared with friends and family so you may brag about all the beauty you helped bring to a dark corner of the world.

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