Thank you for being here!! If you haven't met us yet, we are Danny DeBlasio and Catherine Hart , cofounders of The YALL Art Project, a non-profit organization that brings a collaborative art process in photography and mural painting to communities in need of the arts.
The name of our organization comes from You + All = YALL which is at the heart of our collaborations. Every individual is celebrated for their unique vision, but it takes all of us to create a masterpiece. Our process begins with the students taking photographs and ends with a collective mural inspired by their images. Each student will be given their own camera and guided through a series of exercises that will encourage them to find their authentic voice and individual self-expression. After getting to know each other’s voices, perspectives, and ideas, the group will be challenged to collaborate on a mural inspired by the learning from their photographs, celebrating and incorporating both their differences and similarities forging a shared vision of the future.
We have an amazing opportunity to bring The Yall Art Project to three amazing organizations in Thailand and Cambodia. It is a dream come true to have been invited to lead this process in these communities and we need your help getting the Yall Art Project to these incredibly deserving organizations. We will be living in and working with each of these communities for 6 weeks each.
The Development and Education Programme for Daughters and Communities Centre in the Greater Mekong Subregion (DEPDC/GMS) of Northern Thailand. This community-based organization currently works primarily to prevent and to protect children and youth from being trafficked into exploitative labour conditions.
Volunt2Thai Project - Volunteer to Thailand , a learning and recreational center for disadvantaged children in Udon Thani, Northeastern, Thailand
And DBK Art : An Art village dedicated to developing Boeung Kak, Cambodia through the arts and community engagement.
Your support will help us with our travel expenses and living expenses while abroad, but most importantly your support will go towards purchasing 15 cameras for our students and all the supplies for three complete murals. But your dollar will continue to give after our projects are complete, as we will be setting up an online gallery with all the student photographs that inspired each mural for purchase with all the proceeds going back to each organization.
Words cannot express how thankful we are to have your support. While it means the world to us to be able to lead these projects and spead joy through the collaborative arts, it means even more to these communities to participate in a process of this nature as their resources are limited. Having been in the community based art field for a number a years, this process is always transformative for all those who participate. It reminds us all that our world is ours to create.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we look forward to updating you on the process!
All our love,
Catherine and Danny