Great Scott!! Look at that talent!
July 09, 2016
BENEFITING: ART4 INC
Nelson Mandela wrote, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Art4:Charles is our first campaign, inspired by our Art4: Artist, Olivia.
“I met Charles when I had the opportunity of a lifetime—conducting water quality research with my professors in the beautiful country of Uganda. Charles came to visit Montfort House, where we were staying, several times and was as friendly and welcoming as can be. His kindness and sincerity still resonates with me today. A few times, he came bearing these necklaces and bracelets that he had hand-crafted out of paper and string to sell to us, they were so beautiful and you could feel the effort and dedication he put into making each and every piece. He was a true artist who presented real craftsmanship. After talking to him a few times, I learned that his sponsor had given up on him with no notice, leaving him unable to finish his education and struggling to support his single mother and himself. Because of the high costs, Charles did not attend school but rather spent his time working his hardest to support his mother and himself by making intricate jewelry out of paper, but it was not enough. His story touched my heart and drove me to find a way that would allow him to pursue the education everyone deserves. Through the sales of my art, I have raised funds to help Charles complete his education in secondary school, St. Charles Lwanga Secondary School, where his results in Art were excellent! He was accepted into Michelangelo College of Creative Arts, Kisubi where he can further his education in art and create a profession from it. I am thrilled to know that he is able pursue his passion and is succeeding at it. The idea of selling my art for a greater purpose developed into a vision of collaborating with socially aware artists who are willing to donate their creative efforts to causes that matter to them! And that is how Art4 was created :)" — Olivia Igoe.
This fundraiser is to support Charles's education at Michelangelo College of Creative Arts, Kisubi. An education in art will allow him to not only support himself and his family, but he will also be given the chance to cultivate a positive influence on art education in his community and possibly persuade fellow artists and interested children to study their passion.
Art4: strives to have complete transparency as to where our donations go and how they are used. We're very excited to keep you up to date as to how Charles is doing in school and what his next step is, but for now, we are looking to raise funds for this upcoming school year which total $1400 USD. Our fundraising goal is set higher so that we can cover the costs of bank transfers and to fund our first exhibition event, which will include donated art from our amazing Art4: Artists and will create a platform to promote their art and their general awesomeness! (They're really rad, believe me!)
Charles wishes to pursue his passion in Art and we want to pave a path that can lead him towards his dream. Please help us clear the way for Charles to earn an education every person deserves.
Check back to see updates on our fundraising efforts and for updates on the positive impact you've had on Charles' education and life!
P.S. all donations are tax-deductible! woot woot! EIN: 47-2487958