#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 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

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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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Twitter Art Exhibit 2015: Postcard Artwork Inspires Hope

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It’s that time of year when artist, writer and visionary, David Sandum, Founder of Twitter Art Exhibit calls for artists to collaborate across boundaries and borders for a good cause. This is the fifth year for hundreds of artists (both professional and amateur) to gift their own unique little picture to benefit the bigger picture. Submissions of original handmade postcard-sized art literally “fly in” from all around the world to raise funds for a worthy cause.

This year’s event held March 5-26, will benefit children and families through the Home-Start Moss organization in Moss, Norway, and will take place there. All of the artists and those who facilitate the event work on a volunteer basis. Cards are sold at the exhibit for $35 each with 100% of the funds going directly to the beneficiary.

My submission this year is called, “Hope Lives“. In a world with so many uncertainties and concerns, I wanted my little piece of inspiration to be a reminder that hope is alive. When it comes to keeping children safe and families healthy, it’s important to come together as a community to help build strong foundations for them where we can. We are always better together! Though we may not always feel it, we are constantly reminded through each breath we take, every new dawning of the sun, fresh blooms, bird songs and the transformation of the caterpillar into the butterfly, that the possibility of newness and rebirth is a constant. That there is hope.

Connect & Follow:

Website: www.twitterartexhibit.org
Twitter: @twitrartexhibit
Facebook: /twitterartexhibit

Related Reading:

#TwitterArtExhibit 2015

Twitter Art Exhibit 2014: Creating Art for Good

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

Join me on Twitter @DestinysWomen

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

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One Life At A Time

Just One

People who want to make a difference in the world usually do it, in one way or another. And, I’ve noticed something about people who make a difference in the world:

They hold the unshakeable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters. They get excited over one smile. They are willing to feed one stomach, educate one mind, treat one wound. They aren’t determined to revolutionize the world all at once; they’re satisfied with small changes. Over time though, the small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform cities and nations, and yes, the world. -Beth Clark

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

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Making the Most of Our Moments

 

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. -Anne Frank

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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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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 the 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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10 Quotes about The Power of One

You’ve probably heard the expression: “The Power of One”. A less eloquent way of conveying the same idea might be: “Don’t just sit there, do something.”  Many of us are hyper-focused on what’s right in front of our face. In our shortsightedness, we find it easy to fixate on problems rather than solutions. Naturally, the problems then become too big, and solutions seemingly unattainable.  

When it comes to the needs of humanity, our typical response is self-reflecting. We think we can’t make a big enough difference to matter. Imagine throwing pebbles at a water tower. When in reality, it’s simply a matter of adjusting our thinking and our approach to problems.

When we step outside of ourselves, we begin to see ourselves not as the solution, but as part of the solution. Something that is much bigger than “just us”. We are able to imagine positive change and real solutions. Picture a quilt. In and of itself, each part may seem insignificant, but once each individual piece is woven together, we are able to see the bigger picture. We can envision how a solution actually is possible.

I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. -Edward Everett Hale

I wondered why somebody didn’t do something.  Then I realized… I am somebody. -Author Unknown

Each time we stand up for an ideal, or act to improve the lot of others, or strike out against injustice, we send forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. -Robert F. Kennedy

The power of one man or one woman doing the right thing for the right reason, and at the right time, is the greatest influence in our society. -Jack Kemp

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. -Theodore Roosevelt

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. -Mother Teresa

Get friends involved. Get the community to take action. Everyone cannot do everything but each of you can do one thing. -Somaly Mam

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little. -Edmund Burke

I don’t feel like I’ve done anything extraordinary but take my little light and shine it in darkness. -Leymah Gbowee

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.  -Anne Frank

These 10 quotes about the power of one are friendly reminders that each of us can make a difference where we are. Waiting until we have all the answers or means is not only impractical, it’s unrealistic. We can only give what is in our hands and in our hearts today. That is our responsibility, that is our privilege.

It’s amazing how once you step out, like-minded people are drawn together. Doors begin to open. Opportunities present themselves. Ideas proliferate. Collaboration is a powerful and rewarding thing when its purpose is to create a better world for those who cannot do it for themselves.

It’s much more fulfilling (and fun) to be a part of positive change, than to sit it out on the sidelines. When you hold back on others, you hold back on yourself. Likewise, when you hold back on yourself, you hold back on others. As Leymah Gbowee suggests, just start by shining your little light… then see what begins to happen.

How are you making a positive impact with what you have, right where you are? Have you found in reaching out to make a difference for others, it made a difference in YOU?

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

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Give the Gift of Hope: 8 Powerful Charities that Empower Women

Who doesn’t enjoy the glitz, the glamor and a little bling around the holidays? We all love the associated aromas, feelings and family traditions the season brings. Logs on the fireplace, cinnamon swirls in the air, decorating cookies, flickering candlelight, laughter and music, not to mention ringing in a new year brimming with promise and hope.

Who indeed.  While the idea of a joy and peace-filled holiday season resonates with some of us, it remains only an idea (if that), never given the chance to become a reality for many.  Christmas is a good time to reflect on the provision and blessings we often take for granted. It offers an opportunity to open our hearts and pocketbooks in the true spirit of Christmas: to share, give and tangibly express life and love with those less fortunate. 

Here are 7 Powerful Charities that Empower Women (Children & Communities):

Women for Women International – “Helping Women Survivors of War Rebuild Their Lives.”  WFWI provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies. We’re changing the world one woman at a time.

International Justice Mission – IJM seeks to make public justice systems work for victims of abuse and oppression who urgently need the protection of the law. IJM  is a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.  IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local governments to ensure victim rescue, to prosecute perpetrators and to strengthen the community and civic factors that promote functioning public justice systems.

  • IJM was founded by Gary Haugen. Vision: “To rescue thousands, protect millions and prove that justice for the poor is possible. ™” (www.ijm.org)

Somebody Cares International – “Equip, Empower, Encourage.”  From restoring hope through feeding and re-building in the poorest areas or expediting and facilitating relief in places devastated by natural disasters to ongoing holistic initiatives restoring families and communities in Japan, Turkey, Haiti, and around the globe.  “A true witness rescues lives” -Proverbs 14:25

  • Founded by Doug Stringer, Somebody Cares America and Somebody Cares International work as trusted first responders and ambassadors, along with a global network of chapters, centers, affiliate and partner churches and organizations working together to bring hope and healing to their communities through Prayer initiatives, Compassion outreaches and Cooperative efforts.(www.somebodycares.org)

Mercy Corps  –  Mission: “To alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.”  From initiatives that empower women to child protection, agricultural developmentmicrofinance and unque gift campaigns, and more.

  • Mercy Corps was founded by Dan O’Neill.  Core values: We believe in the intrinsic value and dignity of human life. We are awed by human resilience, and believe in the ability of all people to thrive, not just exist. We believe that all people have the right to live in peaceful communities and participate fully in the decisions that affect their lives. We value stewardship of the earth’s health, pledging to accountably and efficiently preserve and manage its resources. We believe that it is our duty to be effective stewards of the financial resources entrusted to us. (www.mercycorps.org)

Operation Blessing’s Orphan Care – “Compassionate Care for Orphans and Vulnerable Children around the Word” From providing practical needs like an education or a pair of shoes to orphans in Afghanistan and mobile dental care to orphans in Guatemala; or solar power, language lessons, computers and supplies for Bedouin and disadvantaged children living in the Negev desert in Israel.

  • Operation Blessing was founded by businessman and philanthropist, M.G. Robertson. OBI’s Orphan’s Care helps orphans and vulnerable children around the world through health care programs, food and nutrition aid, refugee care, educational opportunities, life skills training, mentoring & advocacy. (Orphans’s Care, Operation Blessing)

Compassion International – “Releasing Children from Poverty in Jesus’ Name.” CI is a Christian child advocacy ministry that today helps more than 1.2 million children in 26 countries, serving women and children with programs like Rescue Babies and Mothers and by providing neccessary needs through their Child Sponsorship program.

  • Founded by Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, CI’s primary focus is individual child development—an inside-out, bottom-up approach that recognizes the God-given value and potential of each individual child, with the belief that many of the assisted children grow up to become positive influences in their own communities. (www.compassion.com)

Catholic Charities USA – “Working to Reduce Poverty in America”.  It is the national office for Catholic Charities agencies and affiliates nationwide. They provide a number of services that aid women, children and families, including poverty reduction programs, adoption services and human trafficking campaigns.

  • As a professional association and social justice movement, Catholic Charities USA provides help and creates hope for over 9 million people each year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. (www.catholiccharitiesusa.org)

The Salvation Army – “Doing the Most Good.” You can help fight against human trafficking, or choose to help fund housing and homeless services, adult rehab programs, prisoner and elder services, or others that directly impact women and children in any community. 

  • The Salvation Army was founded by William Booth. The “miracle” of Christmas is repeated over and over again through the joy of caring and sharing. The traditional red kettle is an integral part of the Christmas scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless, in keeping with the spirit of the season. The Salvation Army has been providing assistance to women and families with a variety of social and spiritual afflictions for over 100 years. (www.salvationarmy.com)

Remember, Love given freely always comes back as a gift to YOU.  Spread some peace, hope and goodwill to women who need it this year!

As promised, I will be highlighting organizations throughout the remainder of the year that offer unique ways to give the gifts of love, joy and hope to women and girls in need. Share the true spirit of Christmas and spread the love… Share this List with a Friend.

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

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