Arts for Animals Inc

Connecting creativity with conservation

MANDEVILLE, LA   |  www.artsforanimals.com

Mission

To save our planet's wildlife by using art to excite and educate children ,primarily in Africa , but also worldwide, to the importance of their wildlife to their heritage and their future. We connect conservation with creativity by enhancing ongoing conservation programs and school programs with art lesson plans, creative materials and "Wildlife Protector " Program contracts and wristbands.

Ruling year info

2015

Principal Officer

mr. Jim Hart

Main address

210 FOUNTAIN ST

MANDEVILLE, LA 70448 USA

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EIN

47-1923144

NTEE code info

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The only way to ensure that our planets wildlife will continue to live safely in their native habitats is to engage and involve local populations in protecting those habitats and stopping the poaching and killing of their indigenous wildlife. Without education and understanding of the importance of their wildlife, Africans will continue the senseless killing of their animals. We aim to save our planet’s endangered wildlife by using art and creativity to teach wildlife conservation stewardship to the next generation of Africans.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Wildlife Protector Program

This program works along with existing conservation Bush camps and schools in South Africa, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. As a part of this ANIMAL PROTECTOR program, children make a pledge to protect their wildlife. In addition, the children sign a contract between ARTS FOR ANIMALS and themselves promising to protect their animals and get a copy to bring home. The goal of this program is to empower young people to stop poaching in their villages. Well over 8000 children in Zimbabwe, Zambia , and South Africa have made this pledge and signed a contract to protect their animals.To signify their committment , they wear an official Blue WILDLIFE PROTECTOR wristband.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

ARTS FOR ANIMALS provides existing conservation camps and schools for children in Africa and the South Pacific with art materials, lesson plans, art supplies and art work to introduce local children to the benefits art and creativity can bring to their lives. Programs are also designed to encourage and mentor children with natural artistic talent. Scholarships are also offered to children wanting to become professional artists or dedicate their lives to wildlife conservation efforts as park rangers or park administrators. In 2016, ARTS FOR ANIMALS built a wildlife conservation Art Center near Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. The center serves as a focal point for children from all over Zimbabwe to learn about art and the value of their wildlife.
Today we work with several ongoing conservation education programs across Southern Africa to add artistic elements focusing on wildlife conservation to their programs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have an innate motivation to master and control their environment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Wildlife Protector Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

ARTS FOR ANIMALS programs educate over 1000 children a year at the ARTS FOR ANIMALS Wildlife Art center, and a further 2000 children a year are educated and motivated through partnership programs.

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

ARTS FOR ANIMALS educational programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Thousands of children each year are exposed to the importance of their local wildlife.Although in 2020 numbers were limited due to Covid-19 issues.

Number of instances of poaching avoided or impeded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Wildlife Protector Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Although it's difficult to measure instances of poaching avoided, in 2020, Wildlife protectors are impacting village life in more and more areas due to Covid issues.

Number of instances of illegal wildlife trade prevented by the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Wildlife Protector Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Although it's difficult to quantify illegal wildlife trade affected by ARTS FOR ANIMALS programs, Wildlife Protector influence in 2020 increased due to Covid -19 issues sourounding bushmeat.

Number of educational screenings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

ARTS FOR ANIMALS educational programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to Covid-19 issues to our partnership programs, thousands of African children usually exposed to the importance of art and wildlife stewardship in their lives were not reached.

Number of critically endangered species for which conservation measures have been launched or supported

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

ARTS FOR ANIMALS educational programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

ARTS FOR ANIMALS focuses on all wildlife but concentrates its educational efforts on 12 critically endangered or threatened species.Many park species are being poached due to Covid-19 issues

Total number of classes offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

ARTS FOR ANIMALS educational programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

In 2020 ARTS FOR ANIMALS most of our partners teaching conservation stewardship education were closed due to Covid 19 issues.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

By creating a generation of educated and aware local populations that understand the importance of their wildlife to their heritage and their future! We do this by using the excitement and involvement of creativity in children and adults to foster an appreciation of the beauty, uniqueness, and critical importance of each and every species in their area.
We want the next generation of Africans to promote governmental policies and decisions which will allow the coexistence of wildlife and humans and protect the habitats of their wildlife.

By establishing a center for wildlife conservation education and working with existing conservation entities to enhance their conservation stewardship programs to include Art and creativity into their curriculum. And to create an army of young African children who will appreciate the value of their wildlife and will work to stop poaching in their local areas.
The great majority of funds raised go directly to accomplishing ARTS FOR ANIMALS goals across the planet. None of the funds raised go to administrative salaries. All of the board members, executive, and administrative staff are volunteers. Each year we add partners to reach more children.

We are working with several organizations in Africa to enhance their conservation education programs. We also are building or organizing wildlife art conservation centers as places local children and adults can can meet to learn about art and the importance of their wildlife to their future.
We have created one wildlife arts Center near Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and we are working on creating a second wildlife Center at the largest high school in Victoria Falls. There we will provide art and conservation programs accessible to the thousands of children within the Victoria Falls school district.
Our wildlife art centers also become a convenient and accessible resource for local conservationists and environmental teachers to use for their own goals.
We also work with local conservation education organizations like Children in the Wilderness, Timbavati foundation, PAINTED DOG CONSERVATION, and local eco-clubs to provide art supplies, lesson plans, and our wildllife protector program wristbands, posters, and contracts.
ARTS FOR ANIMALS also provides an efficient vehicle for artists, environmentalists and wildlife conservationists in America ,and around the world ,to contribute their own individual talents and resources to local wildlife stewardship programs in other worldwide locations that would not be possible otherwise.

Today, each year over 4000 children attend our Wildlife Center and partner wildlife conservation camps that we have enhanced with art supplies, teaching tools, and conservation lesson plans. These programs get the message of wildlife conservation across to each child in a meaningful and lasting way.
By 2020 ,over 20,000 African children have made a pledge and signed a contract to protect their wildlife through our Wildlife Protector program.
Over the past five years, close to $200,000 has been raised for our educational and outreach programs, with none of those funds being used for administrative staff salaries. All our social media programs are handled by a volunteer artist.
Several artists from America have volunteered to travel to Africa to help teach at our wildlife Center in Zimbabwe. Other artists have contributed artwork or funds to help with our goals.
We have provided scholarships to young African women to attend Ranger school and develop artistic talent.

Each year we have added at least one additional wildlife conservation facility to our list of partners. The willingness of these additional wildlife conservation organizations to work with us attests to the credibility and accomplishments ARTS FOR ANIMALS has gained over the last seven years.

Financials

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Arts for Animals Inc

Board of directors
as of 1/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

James Hart

Anne London

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/16/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

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Sexual orientation

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