There is little doubt that art is beautiful. That’s why we go to museums - to experience the beauty and inspiration that art offers. But, the process of creating art is perhaps even more beautiful, and thanks to Paint Love, artists and nonprofits can connect to bring the process of creating and experiencing art to young people who otherwise may not have that exposure.
The positive impact on youth that Paint Love helps orchestrate goes beyond the initial opportunity to be involved in an art project. Children who benefit from Paint Love get the opportunity to create art themselves, something maybe they didn’t know they could do. At Paint Love, anyone and everyone can be an artist. As the Paint Love founders state on their website, creating art fosters “self-expression, acceptance, and even emotional healing.” And all of this happens with love at the forefront, providing “fertile ground for positive change and growth to happen.”
From making books at Ronald McDonald House, to transforming a garden at a primary school, each project that Paint Love supports meets the unique needs of the partner organization. In a recent project at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, artist Zully Conde helped students design self-expression boxes, with the box serving as a metaphor of how we present ourselves to the world. Society may “box” us into a certain category, or we may chose to hide away certain aspects of ourselves. While the outside of the box represents how the world views us, the inside of the box reveals our true selves.
At See Beautiful, we’ve been lucky to know Paint Love for a while and to work with them through our See Beautiful Clubs. So, we were honored that they wanted to use their See Beautiful Milestone Grant to host an art workshop for 50-300 children in underserved areas. No matter the project or participants, always, always, some serious beautiful is being created with Paint Love involved. Keep it up, friends.
Jannan Poppen, Giving Coordinator
See beautiful in yourself.