Art Workshop Bolivia

$5,473 of $6,500 goal

Raised by 66 people in 11 months
As an artist, I aspire to use my creative talents to give back to those in need – be it in my own community of NYC or in communities around the world.

I’m asking for your support in pursuit of this goal by helping to fund an art workshop for disadvantaged children in La Paz, Bolivia.

In April, 2017 and August, 2017  I will travel to La Paz to teach art programs - working with children who are being cared for by Fundacíon Alalay.
This organization is a Bolivian-based nonprofit serving at-risk and disadvantaged children.

Last year I self funded (via GoFundMe) a month long trip to Bolivia and created a fun, engaging, and successful art workshop that I am continuing to develop through more visits to La Paz.
The April & August  2017 workshops  I’m asking you to help support will serve more than 75 children between the ages of 7-15 and focus on drawing, painting and mixed media, while also incorporating art history and cultural studies.  The end of the workshop will culminate in an art exhibition event open to the public – a way of sharing the children’s artwork with the greater La Paz community.

These art workshops will provide an amazing opportunity for these children to learn more about art, to explore their creativity and to build self-esteem and communication skills.

I’m asking for your financial support to help make this opportunity a reality!

My financial goal for this project is $6500.  Your contributions to my GoFundMe campaign will help create an engaging, fun and educational experience for these amazing children living in extremely challenging circumstances.

All donations will go toward purchasing art materials, travel to and from Bolivia, local transportation, lodging and food, preparing the art for exhibition, and documenting the workshops via photo and video.

I greatly appreciate your support, and look forward to sharing images and stories with you from this project. There are some 'rewards' for certain donation amounts - but any amount is greatly appreciated.  Thank you in advance for your compassion and generosity!
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Dear Friends,
I'm happy to share that several drawings created by the children in Bolivia will be included in a group exhibition opening this weekend in NYC! My work is also included in this engaging exhibit exploring themes of social justice.
If you in NYC please stop by the gallery! I'll post images from the opening here and on my Facebook and Instagram feeds this weekend. Hope to see you there!
Here is info on the exhibition:

A New World
The Sheen Center Gallery
18 Bleeker St
NYC 10012
opening reception: Sat. Dec 16th 5-7pm
exhibition continues until 12 January

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Dear Friends,
I'm grateful to be home in NYC after an amazing time in Bolivia. My internet access while there was limited and I'm starting this week to post pics on my Facebook and Instagram pages. I hope you'll take time to visit and see images from the past month (the links are below). I'll be sending out a summary email soon that will describe the workshop and related projects during my time in Bolivia.
I'm extremely grateful for your support - both financial but also through the kind words and messages of motivation I have received. This project continues to grow and I look forward to my next trip down to work with the kids and bring creativity and art to this awesome group of children.
Stay tuned for more information via my GoFundMe page soon!
Thank you all again for your compassion and support!
peace and Love, Robert

links to my Facebook and Instagram:
Instagram: @artefogata #artefogata
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Dear Friends,
It's been a nonstop adventure of art and fun working with the kids in Huajchilla, Bolivia for the past two weeks. I am sharing pics on my Facebook page and my new Instagram page @artefogata. I hope you'll follow and see these very excited and happy kids as they work on paintings and drawings. I'm so very grateful for your kind messages, motivation, and the support that allows me to come here to bring art and creativity to these wonderful kids. I'll post more as I get on wifi! Hope you're all doing great and enjoying the end of summer. Peace and Love, Robert
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Dear Friends,
I'd like to express gratitude for ALL of you as I prepare to return to Bolivia tomorrow for a month to continue bringing art and fun to children in Huajchilla. You are a part of this exciting project! I've started a new Instagram page that will feature pics from the workshop and I hope you'll follow it and stay connected to the fruits of your compassion. YOU have helped me to get back to Bolivia and I'm truly grateful for your continued compassion and support! Please check out the new Instagram page: @artefogata
I will also be posting images on my Facebook page.
Thank you so much for helping this project as it grows and helps a really great group of children. Peace and Love, Robert
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$5,473 of $6,500 goal

Raised by 66 people in 11 months
Created March 11, 2017
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Melissa Whitehouse
6 months ago

Wish I could go with you and be your assistant :)

Heather Sharp
6 months ago

Good work, Rob!

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