Beautiful SIGHTS and SOUNDS coming from the Painting Marathon! 9 1/2 hours to go…

 

 

The NCAS-I teams and community support here at the Nalanda Art Studio are still going strong on this BEAUTIFUL Sunday morning…

Stay tuned for the Closing Ceremony tonight and the unveiling of the final paintings.  If you’re in the area, please join us from 7-9 p.m. tonight for a fun time and the grand finale!  

As always, THANK YOU for your support!  We’ve raised close to $11,000!  http://www.crowdrise.com/paintingmarathon2012

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The 48-Hour Painting Marathon: It’s here! ARE YOU READY?

These little guys are!  They spent the afternoon at Nalanda Studio yesterday getting into the spirit…and YOU SHOULD, TOO!

Come join us tonight for the Opening Ceremony at 9:00 p.m.!  Our AMAZING MC for the opening and closing ceremony, Jenna Noah, will be helping us to get the weekend started.  We’re also looking forward to a fun line-up of entertainment to complement the 48 hours of painting…

Lonnie Lee Comer with Acoustic Bluegrass, The Drumantics with Drumming, Neptune’s Only Daughter with Groove Rock, Maryalma with Singing and Guitar, Sam Rae with Improvisational Cello Looping, Greg Hansen with Drumming, Paul Kimbiris, Ghost Dreams, and a special talk by local artist Sally Eckert

If you can’t make it to the event, please consider showing your support by making a donation.  We’ve raised $10,000 so far and could not have done it without your support:  http://www.crowdrise.com/paintingmarathon2012
THANK YOU from the NCAS-I!

The Painting Marathon PAINTINGS: What It Takes To Get There!

The upcoming Naropa Community Art Studio-International (NCAS-I) 48 PAINTING MARATHON culminates with the completion of three UNIQUE and collaboratively created works of art.  This requires a thoughtful proposal by each of the team’s captains to ensure intentions and outcomes that parallel the mission of the NCAS-I.  Below is a beautiful example of the energy our teams are putting into this project…

The Soaring Hearts Painting Proposal

We want to continue working with the image of a winged heart.  This is a potent image symbolizing our sincere offering of love, strength, and support both locally and globally. The painting will begin with a skeleton of our intended image, an anatomically correct heart with wings.

It is our responsibility to inform, not control, the artwork. We will clearly state and restate our intention behind the painting as a way to inform the work of our team.  THE INTENTION: Through this art we offer a chorus of support and healing for women and girls involved in sex trafficking and all those who serve them. 

We will paste words, images and poetry on the wall around our canvas as a way to provide inspiration and intention setting.  The image above is only one of many.

Painters will be free to express support for our service learning work in whatever creative voice they choose.  There is no way to preserve all of this art, so our compromise is to preserve parts of it, specifically as layers of feathers on the wings.

At either the beginning or end of every 3-hour shift, painters will place masks on the canvas in the shape of feathers.  This will be done with tape, a cardboard or plastic feather shape, or masking fluid (we can offer all three and let each artist choose how they want to do it).

We envision a beautiful layering of stylized imagery constituting the wings of the heart.

During the final shift team captains will help integrate all the layers of artwork, which will include finalizing the heart in the center, creating cohesion in the wings, and fine-tuning the background and border.

We will provide each painter with a small winged heart print to offer our gratitude for their participation and a token to remember.

REASONING

We believe strongly in making an effort to preserve the work of a community of hands and voices that will go into this painting. Through their artwork, painters essentially have the opportunity to put prayers onto the canvas. We want to uphold and respect these offerings, as well as honor the creative process over product, in alignment with the principles of art therapy.

As artists, we do not want to sacrifice the integrity of a process that allows for spontaneity, honesty and synchronicity.

GOALS

To create a rich, deeply layered, and well integrated piece of art that anyone would be delighted and honored to win at an auction.

To clearly communicate to painters our plan and the process so they know what our final vision is from the start, and that we hope to include each of their unique voices. Also to inform them that it will be impossible to preserve every bit of what they paint.

To generate fun and excitement about the work we are starting to do in Cambodia, as well as create a stress-free experience for painters and team captains. 

To raise awareness around the problem of sex trafficking and our hopes for rehabilitation and healing.

To inspire and empower a community of artists, a community of support for this project, and to facilitate more awareness of social action art therapy.  

Photo courtesy of The Soaring Hearts

We look forward to this amazing community event where we can all put paintbrushes and paint to canvas to raise awareness for, empower, and heal survivors of sex-trafficking and those who have been affected by trauma.  Thank you for your support, and if we don’t have the pleasure of seeing you at the event, we know you are all with us in spirit.  

Painting Marathon 2012: Meet Team “SOARING HEARTS”

Have you chosen a team to support for the NCAS-I Painting Marathon of 2012?  We’d like you to meet team Soaring Hearts!  They are one of three teams representing the Naropa Community Art Studio-International…and we’re pretty sure you’re going to LOVE them!

 

What does Team SOARING HEARTS have to say?

“Hearts that soar
are wanting more
For the women and girls
who silently roar.

We protest by paintbrush!
all day and all night
To raise enough money
to fund our long flight.

Together we’ll serve
to heal and empower
For nothing can stop
our hearts by the hour.

Soaring Hearts Rise Up!”

Who’s leading this fun-loving team to victory?  None other than the amazing Bethany Wells and Erin Shannon!  Read about these NCAS-I rock stars here!

We know you want to DONATE to Team Soaring Hearts, so go ahead, click on the link below and be our guests!

http://www.crowdrise.com/soaringhearts2012

Like them on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the 2012 Painting Marathon happenings!

https://www.facebook.com/soaringhearts48hrs?fref=ts

Please email ncas-i@naropa.edu with any questions.

Painting Marathon 2012: Meet Team “Tutulicious Animalz”

Have you chosen a team to support for the NCAS-I Painting Marathon of 2012?  We’d like you to meet team Tutulicious Animalz!  They are one of three teams representing the Naropa Community Art Studio-International…and we’re pretty sure you’re going to LOVE them!

 

What does Team TUTULICIOUS ANIMALZ have to say?

“We are a fabulous team of tutu and tail wearing painters for Naropa’s 48 hour painting marathon.  Join us and have fun supporting a great cause!”

Who’s leading this fun-loving team to victory?  None other than the amazing Alexa Pinsker and Joanna Loftus!  Read about these NCAS-I rock stars here!

We know you want to DONATE to Team Tutulicious Animalz, so go ahead, click on the link below and be our guests!

http://www.crowdrise.com/tutuliciousanimalz

Like them on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the 2012 Painting Marathon happenings!

https://www.facebook.com/TutuliciousAnimalz

Please email ncas-i@naropa.edu with any questions.

Painting Marathon 2012: Meet Team “DINOSAURUS REX”

Have you chosen a team to support for the NCAS-I Painting Marathon of 2012?  We’d like you to meet team Dinosaurus Rex!  They are one of three teams representing the Naropa Community Art Studio-International…and we’re pretty sure you’re going to LOVE them!

Why is Team DINOSAURUS REX paining this year?

“Art is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic. – Keith Haring”

Who’s leading this fun-loving team to victory?  None other than the amazing James Huffman and Lisa Lamoreaux!  Read about these NCAS-I rock stars here!

We know you want to DONATE to Team Dinosaurus Rex, so go ahead, click on the link below and be our guests!

http://www.crowdrise.com/dinosaurusrex

Like them on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the 2012 Painting Marathon happenings!

https://www.facebook.com/48hrdino?fref=ts

Please email ncas-i@naropa.edu with any questions.

Art Activities in Cambodia…Donations Welcome!

Are you curious about the art activities we have planned for our trip to Cambodia in a few weeks?  Check out our ideas below!  We will be using them with the girls at Transitions and a local orphanage:

Medicine Bags, Handmade Journals, Felted Animals, Pendant Charms with Beads, Worry Dolls, T-Shirts, Basket Weavings, Shadow Puppets and Theaters, Self Care Pouches

What do you think about this “Wee Mouse Tin House” idea from mmmcrafts for the felted animals and worry dolls?  Cozy little beds made from Altoids cans!

http://ohsweetbabies.com/entertainment-wee-mouse-tin-house.php

We want the girls at Transitions and the local orphanage to be able to continue making art after we leave, so we will be putting together art bags with various supplies for some of the activities above.  The NCAS-I welcomes any of the following donations:

9 X 12 Pad of good quality paper, Boxes of oil pastels and chalk pastels, Watercolor sets, Colored pencils, Markers, Paintbrushes (various sizes), Good cutting scissors, Fabric glue, Glue sticks, Small bottles of white school glue, Decorative items (ribbon, yarn, sequins, beads, feathers, glitter, fabric scraps), Sewing needles and thread, Wool for needle felting, Felting needles, T-Shirts (size small), Bendable wire for making armature, Pretty paper and collage images, Black construction paper, Large popsicle sticks, Mat board (for journal covers), Book binding needles, Essential oils and herbs.

Phew!  If you’re interested in making a donation, send us a message on the blog or on Facebook…and tell your friends!
***Image from http://ohsweetbabies.com/entertainment-wee-mouse-tin-house.php)

Dream On for Mom!

Help restore and empower a young girl in honor of MOM this Mother’s Day!  Check out Transitions ‘Dream On for Mom’ gift below…

Time to plan your Mother’s Day gifts and Transitions has the perfect one! Honor your Mom with a sponsorship of a girl rebuilding her life. The Mom in your world will receive a beautiful package from Transitions and receive a gift of immeasurable value!

Follow this link to sponsor a girl through Project EveryGirl for as little as $25/month!

(All information and image from https://transitionsglobal.org/)

Missed the Small Resources=Big Possibilities Gala? You can still donate!

We’re finalizing the numbers from the Small Resources=Big Possibilities Gala and we’ll let you know the results as soon as we know (we’re bursting with excitement, by the way).

If you missed the event and would like to support the NCAS-I project you can still donate! Go to www.crowdrise.com/ncas-i to make a donation today.

Thank you for all of your support and interest!

Steph Andres promoting the event with chalk art on Pearl Street

Sneak Peak at Small Resources=Big Possibilities prep!

The Small Resources=Big Possibilities Art Auction Gala is approaching fast, and we are BUSY getting ready for it. We’ve got you covered- local artists, drinks, food, music, an incredible venue- all the right ingredients for an amazing night and a fantastic cause!

Get your ticket today! www.brownpapertickets.com