In March 2013 I had the pleasure of going to an orphanage in Ghana, West Africa and teaching creative arts to some of the most amazing children I have ever met. With major needs such as food and clothing being scarce unfortunately acquiring art supplies is not a priority. Being an artist I have benefitted tremendously from arts education so I know firsthand how essential these lessons are. Children are very creative and imaginative by nature but without the proper tools that beautiful energy becomes suppressed. Instead of sulking we decided to do something about it! We are sending the children of the West Africa Children Foundation a barrel of art supplies and instruction from artists so they can learn proper techniques and skills. Our endeavors aren't limited to just helping children abroad will also be sending art supplies to M.S. 180 Daniel Hale Williams school in the Bronx, NY. This school changed my life. When I attended it was an art focused magnet school and gave me the foundation to become who I am today. The Bronx is the poorest urban county in America. Nearly 28 percent of its families lived below the federal poverty line at the Census Bureau’s last count, in 2010. For the families who represent these statistics buying art supplies for their children is also a "need" that slips through the cracks. Well we are going to send them art supplies as well! If you would like to help you can send donations here and if you are an artist/crafter/artsy person interested in submitting a lesson plan please email us at email@example.com. Crayons should not be a luxury.