Our organization strives to improve children's sense of self and well-being. As professional artists, we feel it is our duty to bring our skills and imaginations to help these children imagine a brighter time and to picture themselves in it. We feel encouraging them to create and simply providing them with some company and laughter can be a powerful way to begin healing.
Our themes are usually geared toward self-esteem building like, "draw your super hero self-portrait" or "design a dream pillowcase with visions of what I want to be." We leave the children with evidence that they accomplished something by not drawing for them but drawing with them. Both the pro artist and child sign the artwork we create and the kids keep all the art. We use high quality durable paper so that the art will last a lifetime. The kids can use this art to decorate their walls (often livening up sterile, bland hospital rooms or foster care center walls) and to see daily evidence that they made something they can be proud of.
We are top professionals in animation, illustration and cartooning. We are in a unique position to provide these children with a one-on-one experience with the artist who create the films, shows and books that they love. We have a pool of over 100 very dedicated artist volunteers and many years of events under our belt that enable us to continue to succeed.
We continually check in with and gather reports from the families and centers about the impact our visits have. They tell us time and again how critical this kind of personal support is to the children. We also see firsthand the transformation of a child who had been withdrawn, fearful or mistrustful at the beginning into a joyous creating confident artist by the end.
This year we created storybooks with the Gilda’s Club kids, we taught puppet-making with at-risk youth in L.A., and helped children losing their hair due to cancer treatments to create their own designer ball caps at Ronald McDonald House. All this in addition to our regular visitation to hospitals and health care centers like Bellevue, Mount Sinai, Childhelp, Covenant House and more.
Our professional volunteer artists, coming from companies like Nickelodeon, Disney, Pixar and more give free art kits to each child, and then sit with them to teach creative skills and hand craft something special together. We make sure that all supplies are top of the line so that the children may keep their artwork and continue creating for all time.