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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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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The IJM Freedom Tour: Cycling for Freedom

Are you or someone you know a Cycling Enthusiast?  Are you looking for a way to partner with other abolitionists in raising awareness and funds to help prevent Violence, Modern-Day Slavery and Human Trafficking?  Consider joining (IJM) International Justice Mission‘s Cycling for Freedom Bike Tour and help the wheels of justice turn a little bit faster!

IJM’s Freedom Tour – Cincinnati, OH to Washington, DC

Mark your calendar: July 12-23, 2012 (Application date: March 1st)

International Justice Mission

IJM is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to ensure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to promote functioning public justice systems.

The IJM Freedom Tour – Cycling for Freedom

The IJM Freedom Tour 2012 will take the team on from Cincinnati, OH to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. In addition to cycling, the team will have the opportunity to connect with churches and communities along the route, educating them about the realities of modern-day slavery and sharing tangible steps they can take in their own lives to bring an end to this horrible reality.  What’s included? Experienced leaders, safety training, cycling instruction, food, accommodations, en route transportation, support vehicle, team apparel, and trip setup are all provided. 

Raising Awareness & Funds for Justice

A fun way to get involved is to have your friends, co-workers and family support you for each mile of the ride. Not a Biker? Maybe you want to get involved in raising awareness and funds to support IJM’s mission to stop violence, slavery and human trafficking, but you’re not a biker.  Other abolitionists have hosted runs/walks, paddle/row events, climbs/hikes and motorcycle rides on behalf of justice. Choose a significant goal related to your activity, or organize a tournament, music or food-related event and have the entry fees benefit IJM. Competitions and creative events are always a great way to raise awareness!

What are YOU doing to help promote justice?

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

(Photo courtesy of Veritas Communications)

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