#TwitterArtExhibit: Changing the World Through Art

Through Art We Can Change the World. -David Sandum

Twitter Art Exhibit was created by artist and founder David Sandum to help charities and nonprofits with postcard-sized, handmade original artwork. Every participant, from artist to organizer, is involved on a voluntary, unpaid basis. The goal is to share collective talents for a good cause and 100% of proceeds go to charity.

The exhibit for 2015, Twitter Art Exhibit: Moss is the fifth installment of an open international exhibition presenting art donated by hundreds of participating artists from around the globe. Artists from as many as 35 countries have participated in a single event. The exhibit will be curated by David Sandum. This year’s show will run March 12-26, 2015 in Moss, Norway to benefit Home-Start Moss (a nonprofit organization helping families in need. Home-Start believes that every child deserves the best start in life.)

Social Media plays a major role in Twitter Art Exhibit’s ability to connect artists and those interested in the collaboration of blending charity and art. Past exhibits helped to support an abused women’s shelter, raise funds for an organization mentoring underprivileged youth in preparation for careers in the visual arts, provide scholarships for special needs dancers, and to purchase new children’s books for a struggling library.

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Twitter Art Exhibit Website

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Twitter Art Exhibit Organizing Board:
David Sandum, @DavidSandum
Nat George, @natgeorgela
Robin Maria Pedrero, @robinpedrero

Home-Start Moss Website

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#TwitterArtExhibit 2015

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Through art we can change the world. -David Sandum

Twitter Art Exhibit 2015 is almost here!

Twitter Art Exhibit exists to help support charities and nonprofits with postcard-sized, handmade original artwork and bringing together a global community of volunteer artists for good causes. It is the brainchild of artist, writer and founder of Twitter Art Exhibit, David Sandum. He understands that the positive and influential power of social media, art, and collaboration to communicate and evoke action can make a unique and tangible difference in the world. Learn more by visiting Twitter Art Exhibit online. 

As an advocacy artist, I’m especially drawn to this type of experience, and as last year, I’m participating in this year’s event. As Twitter Art Exhibit’s founder, David Sandum says, “Through art we can change the world“. I believe that we are better together and champion people who use their gifts and talents to make a difference!

This year’s event will be held in Moss, Norway and will benefit children and families through an organization called Home-Start Moss:

WHAT: Twitter Art Exhibit: Moss (Original handmade postcard-sized art to benefit a cause )

WHY: Twitter Art Exhibit was created as a vehicle for doing good through online community building.

WHEN: March 12-26, 2015

WHERE: Twitter Art Exhibit 2015 will be held in Moss, Norway to benefit Home-Start Moss.

WHO: Hundreds of artists (professional and amateur) from around the globe participate on a volunteer basis to help support charitable causes by submitting original handmade postcard-sized artwork for the exhibit. The event will be curated by Twitter Art Exhibit’s founder, David Sandum. (All proceeds go to the beneficiary).

About Home Start: Sometimes families need a little help to get their children off to a good start. Home-Start believes that every child deserves the best start in life, so they match experienced volunteers to families with young children to offer help and support. This support is free to the family and confidential.

It’s a privilege to participate and help in some small way, bringing attention to the need to keep children safe and support strong foundations to build healthy families. My postcard artwork for this year’s exhibit is titled: “Hope Lives“. 

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Website:         www.twitterartexhibit.org
Twitter:           @twitrartexhibit
Facebook:      /twitterartexhibit
Hashtag:        #TwitterArtExhibit

Related Reading:

Twitter Art Exhibit 2015: Postcard Artwork Inspires Hope

Twitter Art Exhibit 2014: Creating Art for Good

Burton Artist Alistair Kennedy to Join International Twitter Art Exhibit for Home-Start Families

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(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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Going “Pink” for Twitter Art Exhibit 2014

Pink 2 by April McCallum

When I learned about the call for artists to participate in the Twitter Art Exhibit 2014, I decided to open my creative toolbox and start creating!

So, What’s the big idea? Well, it is a big idea, but it’s also a lot of little ideas that come together to form something quite powerful. Twitter Art Exhibit uses social media and public engagement to generate income for charities and nonprofit organizations. Artists from around the globe donate postcard-sized, handmade original artwork to help raise funds for a cause. Everyone from the artists to the organizers volunteer their time and talents, and 100% of the proceeds go to benefit the charity of choice. (Twitter Art Exhibit 2014 recipient: Special Needs Classes: The Contemporary Dance Center, Orlando, Florida).

"Pink Love 2" @AprilCartoons, April McCallum Designs

“Pink Love 2” @AprilCartoons, April McCallum Designs, Twitter Art Exhibit

I’ve long been a champion of marrying art with causes because I believe visuals can leave an impression that words alone cannot. Apart from my regular cartoons and illustrations, I also create collections of advocacy art, including Breast Cancer Awareness themes. My postcard-sized art contribution is titled: “Pink Love 2”. In keeping with my typical style, it incorporates simple clean lines, hot colors, design elements, and lots of white space. It also presents a “picassoesque” body image that is open to interpretation as breast cancer is such a personal journey and unique to every woman.

Every 74 seconds, somewhere in the world, someone dies from breast cancer. -Susan G. Komen

Twitter Art Exhibit founder and artist, David Sandum understands that the positive and influential power of social media, art, and collaboration to communicate and evoke action can make a unique and tangible difference in the world. Learn more: Twitter Art Exhibit 2014: Creating Art for Good.

Twitter Art Exhibit, Pink Inspiration

Inspiration for #TwitterArtExhibit

In keeping with the social media emphasis, check out my Twitter Art Exhibit board on Pinterest for a sneak peek at some of the creative energy generated by this event! Or, my Pink Passion for Life board on Pinterest. You can also join me on Twitter @AprilCartoons where I tweet about creativity, communications, branding, and innovation; or visit my online shop for breast cancer awareness.

A big thank you to artists David Sandum for championing humanity and the arts through social entrepreneurialism, Robin Maria Pedrero for curating the 2014 event, and fellow board organizers. Follow them on Twitter at @DavidSandum, @robinpedrero, @Twitrartexhibit using hashtag #TwitterArtExhibit, and on Facebook.

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Sealed with a Kiss! #TwitterArtExhibit

The exhibit will take place on March 20th 2014 at the CityArts Factory in Orlando, Florida. Artwork will be displayed through April 11th, 2014 and open to online sales to the public after opening night.

And with that, I send off my little piece of artwork, along with other artists from around the globe, and seal it with a kiss (for a good cause). With art, we can change the world!

 

 

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™–”Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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Twitter Art Exhibit 2014: Creating Art for Good

Twitter Art Exhibit 2014, Orlando, FL

Who says good things don’t come in small packages? On March 20th, hundreds of artists from around the globe will display an original handmade postcard-sized piece of art at Twitter Art Exhibit. This year’s event will take place at the CityArts Factory, Magic Gallery in Orlando, Florida, and will benefit The Center for Contemporary Dance.

Twitter Art Exhibit is the brainchild of artist and founder, David Sandum. This social media driven fundraiser attracts professional and amateur artists alike who share the same goal: to create art for good. The call for participation has been answered by artists from as many as 35 countries thus far. Each unique piece of artwork is displayed and sold for $35 with 100% of the proceeds from art sales going directly to the chosen charity.

In its first year, Twitter Art Exhibit proceeds went to procuring new children’s books for a struggling library in Moss, Norway. It has also raised funds for an organization mentoring underprivileged young adults in preparation for careers in the visual arts in Los Angeles; and, a shelter for abused women. Learn More.

This year’s Twitter Art Exhibit will benefit special needs students at The Center for Contemporary Dance, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to dance education and outreach. The special needs classes offer a series of specialty dance classes for students with Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and cerebral palsy, including those requiring use of a wheelchair.

What do these artists have in common? Not necessarily their style, artistic portfolios, or even taste. What they do have in common, is a generous spirit and a desire to share just a little piece of their own heart, talents, and imaginations for the sake of a worthy cause. Collectively, that means a rewarding (and memorable) experience for the artists, those who purchase their art, and most importantly, the recipients.

Though some of the artists will attend the event in person, most will celebrate the camaraderie of their new-found creative tribesmen (and women), and the audience reach beyond the borders of their paint palettes and ink jars, as they co-participate in enriching and empowering the lives of others. In that sense, it is a global event with a virtual artist connection.

Exhibit Founder, David Sandum, says: “I love art and people and my whole philosophy behind my work is to transmit my feelings to others so it triggers dialogue.”  Like music, one of the most wonderful things about art is that it crosses boundary lines. We don’t need to speak the same language, be from the same generation, class, or even political persuasion for it to evoke emotions, challenge, or inspire us. Without boundaries, communication is not an obstacle. Like the artist’s paint or ink, dialogue, ideas, thoughts, and emotions can flow freely, purposefully.

Good things do come in small packages. How delightful it is to scroll through such a variety of art—each with its own unique back story and creator–with the understanding that these little treasures will make a real difference in someone’s life. It’s the power of one. When it all comes together (all of the small yet individually created pieces), it can be a transformative experience. As David Sandum says, “Through art we can change the world.”

I’ll be participating, will you?

David Sandum, Artist and Founder of Twitter Art Exhibit

David Sandum, Artist and Founder of Twitter Art Exhibit

David Sandum is a Swedish-born artist who conceived Twitter Art Exhibit as a vehicle for doing good through social media and online community-building. The idea: artists around the globe receive a call through Twitter social media to create original postcard-sized art, which they mail to a local curator, who then exhibits and sells them to benefit a local charity. Follow David on Twitter at @DavidSandum and view his art online at davidsandum.org.

Learn more about the 2014 Twitter Art Exhibit, visit the Twitter Art Exhibit Facebook page, connect with Twitter Art Exhibit on Twitter, and use hashtag #TwitterArtExhibit to follow online. Last, but not least, be sure to tell a friend!

For a sneak peek, visit my Pinterest board: Twitter Art Exhibit. You can join me on Twitter @AprilCartoons where I tweet about creativity, communications, branding, and innovation, or @DestinysWomen where I tweet about Freedom and Human Rights issues.

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™–”Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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Baseball, Hotdogs & Human Trafficking?

What do Major League Baseball, Hotdogs and Human Trafficking have in common?

NOT FOR SALE nights at the ballpark in four major cities! Baseball fans and human rights advocates will have the opportunity to partner with players and the Not For Sale team against human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

Not For Sale is an organization led by president and co-founder Dave Batstone and executive director and co-founder Mark Wexler. The goal? To create a world where no one is for sale. Learn more about NFS and how it fights modern-day slavery around the world.

San Francisco Giant’s pitcher Jeremy Affeldt led the way as the first MLB athlete to join Team NFS. This year’s event will include advocate players who have stepped up to the plate against human trafficking including San Francisco Giants’ Jeremy Affeldt, Brandon Belt, Matt Cain, Hunter Pence and Barry Zito.  Adrian Gonzalez, Skip Schumaker, Shawn Tolleson and A.J. Ellis from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Plus, Nick Hundley, Brad Boxberger and Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres.  Click here for a full list of (Team NFS) MLB player advocates who have teamed up with NFS. 

Talk about putting your money where your mouth is, here are some examples of “power plays” to help combat modern-day slavery:

  • San Francisco Giants Jeremy Affeldt pledged $250 for every strikeout he throws to NFS for every season he plays to fuel Not For Sale’s global initiatives.
  • St Louis Cardinals Matt Holliday pledged $500 for every home run he hits each season he plays.
  • Los Angeles Dodgers Adrian Gonzales pledged to donate $100 for every hit he has this season.
  • Arizona Diamondbacks Ian Kennedy donates a portion for every inning he pitches.

“We’re trying to leave a legacy here that when we leave this game, we’re known for not only what we did on the field, but what we did outside the field.” –Jeremy Affeldt, San Francisco Giants

> Not For Sale nights with the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, July 9

> Not For Sale nights with the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, July 14

> Not For Sale nights with the Minnesota Twins at Target Field, July 31

> Not For Sale nights with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, August 26

Major Leauge Baseball players and their fans have raised over $100,000 which helped fund a critical need for Not For Sale’s victim services.  Now, they want YOU to join them! More fan involvement means raising even greater awareness and more funds to help fight against modern-day slavery.  Everyone can do something! Blog, tweet, tell your friends, join with NFS to start a fundraising campaign in your area, use your creative talents, or donate online!

San Francisco Giant’s two-time World Series champion pitcher Jeremy Affeldt also released his first book, To Stir A Movement, which details his journey from childhood to pro ballplayer along with his relationship with Not For Sale and his heart for social justice.

Who’s your favorite MLB player or athlete? If they’re not already involved in the fight against modern-day slavery, use social media to reach out and challenge them to get in the game! 

Join me on Twitter @DestinysWomen

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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Will You Be There?

I am a poet writing of my pain.

I am a person living a life of shame.

I am your daughter hiding my depression.

I am your sister making a good impression.

I am your friend acting like I’m fine.

I am a wisher wishing this life weren’t mine.

I am a girl who thinks of suicide.

I am a teenager pushing her tears aside.

I am a student who doesn’t have a clue.

I am the girl sitting next to you.

I am the one asking you to care.

I am your best friend hoping you’ll be there.

-Chicken Soup

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5 Ways To Fight For Freedom From Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings, mainly for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor. As the world’s fastest growing criminal industry, it affects every nation across the globe. Every 30 seconds, someone is forced into this type of bondage–modern slavery. –The A21 Campaign

We’ve all heard the expression, “No one can do everything, but all of us can do something“. When it comes to issues like sex trafficking, forced labor, or any form of modern-day slavery, we freeze. Not because we don’t care, but because we feel so absolutely incapable of making any significant or effective contribution toward real change.

Where do we start? How do we start? Once we take the first step, what next? That’s when it helps to look to credible people and organizations who have already started paving a path, and join them on their journey. The A21 Campaign is one of those organizations. I agree with them when they say, “Not everyone can intern or volunteer, but everyone can make a difference.”

The A21 Campaign makes it simple for us by offering Five Ways To Fight For Freedom from human trafficking. One of my favorite pieces of advice is:

“Be yourself and channel your passions for a purpose. No one else has the exact talents and platform as you. Do what you love to help raise awareness or money.”

The A21 Campaign exists to abolish injustice in the 21st century through prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnerships. Want more ideas on how you can get involved as a modern-day abolitionist? Check out the full list here. Learn more about A21 Campaign’s mission.

It is estimated that the average age of human trafficking victims is only 12 years old. The majority of modern-day slaves are believed to be women and girls. According to A21, only 1-2% of victims are ever rescued. Share the Five Ways To Fight For Freedom with your friends… numbers matter!

Tell us how you are channeling your passions for a purpose and joining your efforts with other freedom fighters on the road to end slavery!

Contact The A21 Campaign or Follow on Twitter

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(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What Does Love Look Like?

What does love look like?

It has the hands to help others.

It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy.

It has eyes to see misery and want.

It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men.

That is what love looks like.

-Saint Augustine

 

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FOREVER FOUND: Artists Create Change for Sexually Exploited Children

 

It’s hard to imagine, but did you know that young girls are being sold to sex traffickers for less than twenty dollars? Worse yet, in some cases, by their own mothers or family members. These girls (and boys) are then forced into prostitution by the traffickers. Forced to have their little bodies used and abused as sex slaves. And not only are they physically and sexually abused, but their minds and emotions become enslaved and ravaged by unthinkable pain, fear and shame.

Forever Found is a non-profit organization born out of that reality and supports safehomes for sexually exploited and trafficked children. While on a heartwrenching trip to Thailand, founders Shannon and Taylor Sergey saw the devastation child prostitution and trafficking caused up close, put a stake in the ground, and chose to make it personal.

Forever Found exists to support the rescue and restoration of victims of child trafficking and prostitution through:

  • Locally based awareness efforts and events
  • Child sponsorship programs
  • Recruitment, development and promotion of artists willing to donate part or all of their proceeds to help rescue a child

Forever Found partners with artists to raise awareness and support for rescue organizations, aftercare and safehomes in the U.S. and abroad including Streetlight PHXF.A.C.E.S.S., International Crisis Aid, and Life Impact International. 

As an artist and advocate, I’m a true believer in creative advocacy. I love that Forever Found bands together with artists who are catalysts in creating change. Forever Found collaborates with musicians, writers, painters, photographers, designers, actors, and other artists to bring justice, freedom and restoration for sexually exploited children.

Art and music bring people together in a unique way that crosses man-made barriers and touching all of humanity. On top of that, 100% of money received from artist partners goes directly to the rescue homes they support!

"Immeasurably More" Album by Shannon Sergey

Shannon Sergey’s album Immeasurably More is described as an eclectic album full of passion and beautiful instrumentation fueled by talented musicians who donated their time to support victims of child trafficking. The track “Daddy” is about a child she met who was rescued from child prostitution.  Shannon has also written an autobiographical book called, Something Beautiful: The Story of Us–a book about directing love, heartbreak and passion. Other artists share their creative advocacy and proceeds through music, leather wrist bands and even hand crocheted baby blankets!

Aftercare homes provide safe and sane environments for rescued children as young as 4 years old. They provide shelter, food, medical care, education, skill and vocational training, along with emotional and spiritual counseling. Above all, safehomes provide the opportunity for a fear and abuse-free life, providing child victims a chance to heal and to find a path to living the lives they were destined for. 

Maybe you’re an artist, or know someone who would love to share their talent in exchange for giving a sexually exploited child the gift of life more abundantly. Learn how you can get involved. Connect with Forever Found online at foreverfound.org, or join them on Facebook, Twitter or on their blog.

How can you partner to become an advocate for freedom?

Related Article: Simi Native Rescues Sex-Trafficked Kids

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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GO RED FOR WOMEN Campaign Celebrates Women’s Heart Health

 

What does it mean when 500,000 women drop off the planet with similar life-ending issues, and no one stops to take notice of their linked cause and effect?  In large part, people weren’t paying attention. They weren’t connecting the dots. Why? According to the American Heart Association (AHA), as a whole, we didn’t view or relate to Cardiovascular disease as a women’s issue. We saw it as an “older man’s disease”. 

Heart Disease is the #1 Killer of Women in the United States -AHA

The AHA needed to find a way to get the attention of the public, especially the women who were at the greatest risk. But getting their attention was only a beginning. They needed to raise mass awareness about the cause and effect of our health lifestyles and the surrounding factors that contribute to our heart health.  Along with advocacy efforts, re-education was also critical because most women ignored warnings and symptoms not understanding that women were prime targets for heart disease.

Heart Disease Kills More Women than ALL Cancers Combined –AHA

The Red Dress

In 2003, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) teamed with the American Heart Association and others to raise awareness for women and heart disease.  The NHLBI introduced the Red Dress as a symbol that unified all of their efforts. AHA adopted the Red Dress symbol to create synergy among all the groups fighting for their collaborative cause.

The Go Red for Women® movement challenges women to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk.

Are You Ready to “Go Red” for Women?

Here are a few ways you can get involved:

  • Although the official “Go Red for Women®” Day was February 3, 2012, you can plan your own event ANY day of the year!  It’s an easy and fun way to raise awareness and engage your networks.  Think about your own networks: corporate sponsorship events, church groups, fitness groups, small business owners, neighborhood friends, family–wherever people connect with people!  Have fun with the red dress–women love to dress up and get creative using themes!
  • Join with other women to help raise awareness and funds for heart disease: Attend a Go Red for Women Luncheon in your area.
  • If you have the ability to make a significant financial contribution, consider joining arms with other committed and passionate women through the Circle of Red campaign.
  • As with all causes, the energy and creativity of grassroots efforts makes a profound difference. With the Red for Women Get-Together, you can do it your way!  Get free resources (PowerPoints, posters, flyers, guides, etc.), start your own fundraising page online, access real-life stories, swap heart-healthy recipes, and more.
  • Shop at ShopHeart.org for eye-catching Go Red items that support the cause.
  • Consider creating a memorial or tribute page in honor of a woman you love. What a personal and impacting way to showcase the threat and reality of heart disease in women.
  • Show your support for women’s heart health by shopping. It doesn’t get any easier than this! View the online list of corporate sponsors & supporters.

To Donate or Learn More about ways you can get involved, visit GoRedForWomen.org online!

Have YOU Gone Red Yet?

Related Article: Heart Health for the Love of Women

Women’s Information on: Signs of heart disease, risks, prevention, questions to ask your doctor, and more, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Go Red and Go Red for Women are trademarks of AHA. The Red Dress Design is a trademark of U.S. DHHS.

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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