My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Childrens Art Village, Inc., Santa Monica, CA, USA
I am an artist-cum-creative art instructor and a blogger of Nigeria descent. I was part of the team of 16 creative minds at the Summer Art and Music program held recently by Children Art Village. I and my artist friend Adeoye daCosta from Nigeria were in Ghana for the Summer Art and Music program at the Village of Hope in the month of August. It was a rare opportunity for artists from different cultures and continent of the world to come together to help kids unlock their potentials.
My friend, da-Costa and I had fulfilled moments and we were able to connect with the children’s aspiration to create Art and exposed them to a unique form of Art from Nigeria, ADIRE. We offered a unique artistic concepts, introduced new visual art techniques and media that stimulate the interest of the kids to create differs art form. We both share from the philosophy of the Spanish painter, Pablo Picasso; “Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”. Oluwasegun and Adeoye choose to fill the gap, to help the young ones with their God’s given talents and potentials, build their creative lives and give them form.
The credit goes to Mai Lai Breech for providing such a platform to nurture new talents. I respect her for her great understanding of individual differences and her ability to accommodate people irrespective of their race, cultural background and social status.
“You’ll never stand so tall as the day you stoop to help a child.” – Anonymous.
The above quoted texts constantly spoken by Mai; the founder of Children Art Village was an influence and motivation on the team to do more with the kids at the Village of Hope. Mai kind gestures and selfless acts is an ignition for every one in the team to give their heart into the project. She is such a humanitarian with the drive to change the world. She offers with the team an art engagement for the kids which are a powerful means of expression and therapy.
Every child has some artistic ability and with the right environment and guidance they can discover and harness their inner creative genius. Their artistic abilities awaiting expression can be tapped as a therapy to help cope with crisis, and achieve mental and emotional stability. I believe CAV Ghana 2011 had a tremendous impact on the children of the Village of Hope, Ghana.
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with much love from Nigeria
Olusegun Michael, Adeniyi