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Review for Childrens Art Village, Inc., Santa Monica, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I first became involved with Children's Art Village as an intern creative arts teacher while studying International Development in Ghana. I was led to CAV in search of a dedicated and responsible organization that a) recognized the importance of exposing youth to creative expression through the arts; and b) also embodied through its programming the incredible value in developing sustainable long-term partnerships with local and international communities and artists.
This organization more than met these expectations. Through its loving and well-orchestrated work, CAV brings children and youth together with local and International artist-teachers to expose children to a vast array of art forms, including those with roots in Ghana.
Being a part of both CAV's academic and summer programming has exposed me to the ongoing commitment of CAV to remain a constant part of the community at the Village of Hope Orphanage in Ghana, and to do so through meaningful partnerships and mutual learning.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

With exceptional leadership and guidance from Mai Lai, it is the synergy of the artist teachers and the children at the Village of Hope that truly brings the work of CAV to life. Art, music and dance have incredible power to connect people and their experiences to something that is both beautiful and expressive, and CAV makes this process possible with a high degree of respect and cultural sensitivity.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think my hopes for the future of CAV pertain less to the changes I would make to the organization, and more to the continuation and strengthening of its partnerships and locally-relevant programming. It is rare and inspiring to find an organization with such a high level of commitment to its partnerships with local artists, and I can only foresee that these partnerships will continue to strengthen.

Role:  Volunteer & During my first experience with CAV, I taught (and assisted in teaching) creative arts classes to grades 1-6 for three months. My second experience with CAV involved teaching art and music to grades 1-3 during the CAV week-long summer program.