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February 20, 2010

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February 20, 2010

Wendy Black-Nasta, the founder of and engine that powers Artists for World Peace, is a visionary who inspires people of all ages to channel their artistry as a force for good, one small step at a time. Wendy doesn't want to raise bazillions of dollars and then spend all her time managing that money. She has the ability to focus on small, doable projects. An example: Kids need shoes. Wendy heard/found out about kids in Ecuador who couldn't go to school because they didn't have shoes. She gathered artists who work in various media to design and build hats, which were sold at the first Hats for a Cause fundraiser, hosted by a local ice-cream shop. Wendy got the mayor to make an appearance, volunteers spread the word, and Artists for World Peace raised enough money to buy shoes for every kid who wanted to go to school. A gifted, successful artist herself, Wendy shows other artists how they can make positive changes for people whose lives are unbelievably difficult. In the process, she unites all kinds of people in the community and demonstrates the potential of grassroots activism.

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Wendy’s ability to bring people together. Artists for World Peace feels more like a family than a foundation; I’ve met so many like-minded people, particularly young artists who go on to model the principle of “Do unto others.”

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 19, 2010

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February 19, 2010

I have been involved with Artists for World Peace for the past three years; however, I have known the founder, Wendy Black-Nasta, for over 10 years. I was one of her devoted jewelry students as a teenager, and I gained so much from my relationship with her. I was thrilled when I returned home after graduating from college and was invited to the first "sewing session" of a new project for AFWP: Hats for a Cause. I have been a core member of this group since then, and have loved every minute of it. I love working on a creative project with other strong, fascinating women and being able to sell our products to raise money for such worthy causes as building a domestic violence safe house in Cambodia and providing scholarships for children in Brazil, as well as helping local shelters and food banks in our community. I have also helped AFWP with their food/clothing drives for the Rose Bud Reservation in South Dakota. Artists for World Peace is an amazing foundation. Wendy has the biggest heart of anyone I know, and she is determined to make the world a better place. It has been an honor for me to work with AFWP and be part of something much bigger than myself. I have also attended presentations on the Peace Belt, another phenomenal project of AFWP. The impact that the Peace Belt has had on the people of the countries it has traveled to is incredible. It is very inspiring to be part of something so powerful.

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my everyday life! It is so inspiring to work with a group of lively, intelligent, funny, caring women. Even though we range from in our teens to in our 60s, we have such an amazing time together making hats, sharing stories and learning from ecah other.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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