Health—General & Rehabilitative

INK WELL FOUNDATION INC

Drawing together for children facing illness and hardship

aka 1975

Washington, DC

Mission

We are a group of professional animators, illustrators, and cartoon artists who draw with hospitalized children.  Our talented crew has worked on everything from "The Hulk" comic books to "The Rugrats" movies to "Speed Racer" cartoons and much more.Our goal is to let the kids draw with the very artists who create their favorite film, TV, and illustrated characters.  We hope to share the power of art as self-expression, and as a good way to just take a break from trying times and have some fun.

Ruling Year

2009

Executive Director

Elizabeth Winter

Main Address

2737 Devonshire Place NW Apt #519

Washington, DC 20008 USA

Keywords

Professional artists, animators, illustrators, cartoonists, hospitalized children, at-risk youth, kids, drawing, arts crafts.

EIN

26-3551869

 Number

4295426944

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Many children facing illness and hardship such as abandonment and neglect feel isolated, fearful and unsure of their worth and their futures. Long hospital and foster care stays can have a lasting impact on children, making them feel not wanted or supported. We want to ensure that no child feels that way regardless of physical conditions, economic status or any other aspect of their lives that is beyond their control.

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Free arts activities for children facing illness and hardship

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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.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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