I'm very happy to be working with Word+Art which combines images with Bible verses and is another initiative of Julie Chandler, the brainchild behind Canadian Artists for the Poor. Julie's vision has always been to support art and artists while contributing to those in need...in her own words:
We are a group of Canadian artists who love to create and love to give. There are many different types of artists represented among us: painters, photographers, potters, sculpturers, graphic artists etc. We create and then take part in various art shows in order to grow our businesses while helping out those living in extreme poverty at the same time.
How it all got started: In the spring of 2008, Julie Chandler (not an artist) was at an event where author Vaden Earle was a guest speaker. He spoke of his work at Absolute Leadership Development and read from his book, ONE: A Face Behind The Numbers. In the book's eleven chapters, the injustices of the humanitarian crisis are illuminated. Including statistics, real-life stories and striking photography, ONE brings the numbers to life and sets out the challenge - that you are one person, but you CAN do something to help.
After delving into more research and reading, including Jeffrey Sachs's book, The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time, Julie was encouraged to gather others and form the non-profit Canadian artists for the poor. The main purpose of canadian artists for the poor is to raise money for charities helping those in the poorest areas of the world. We also help raise the profiles of Canadian artists and help artists in their businesses.
"Quite often there is an emotional detach from those living in Canada and those living in extreme poverty. I think it's because we don't know how to help - other than possibly sponsoring a child through a relief organization. canadian artists for the poor is an innovative way to help those living in extreme poverty. canadian artists - painters, sculptures and photographers participate in an art event, locals come and buy art and the money raised goes to various charities."
It's a win-win-win situation. Canadian artists get more exposure; patrons enjoy beautiful art; canadian artists for the poor is able to raise money for individuals living in hopeless conditions - partnering with charities working at the ground level.
International Justice Mission
Open Hand Nepal
Mully Children's Family Charitable Foundation
A Place of Rescue
The Mustard Seed
Christian Children's Fund of Canada
School Project in Ghana
Heart to Heart Haiti
Thank you for considering canadian artists for the poor as one of the non-profits that you support!