Thanks to a recommendation from my friend Thom King, PhilanthropART will be featuring Watts of Love for the month of May!
Watts of Love is an international non-profit organization dedicated to bringing safe and renewable solar lighting to the 1.3 billion people living without basic access to electricity.
Take a peek at their vision:
By providing sustainable, safe, and reliable lighting products, Watts of Love will help to: IMPROVE HEALTH & SAFETY
Eliminates toxic kerosene emissions thus preventing respiratory diseases
Reduces burn injuries and house fires caused by kerosene used as a light source REDUCE POVERTY
Eliminates the cost of buying kerosene and immediately improves income
Increases night-time productivity and income-generating activities
Allows extended hours of safe study time to enhance education SAVE OUR PLANET
Reduces CO2 emissions, indoor air pollution and consumption of natural resources
I am very pleased to announce that as of Saturday the 2nd of March, 2013…I’m a married woman! Well….sort of. We had a beautiful ceremony before 100 of our closest friends and family. There was a cake, photo booth, flowers…you name it! All of the trimmings that formulate a beautiful event that celebrates the union of two people. Problem #1 is that we hosted our wedding in Arizona, a state that does not recognize same-sex marriage. But hey, same-sex marriage isn’t recognized on a Federal level in the United States yet anyway. Problem #2 is that we live in Sydney, Australia where we cannot be legally married to one another. When researching our rights in New South Whales, Cole and I came across Glrl.org.
The Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) advocates on behalf of the lesbians and gay men. They provide referral and educative resources on gay and lesbian rights to the media, policy makers and the community. Here are a few excerpts from their website: glrl.org.au
“We lobby politicians, government departments, policy makers and the media to redress discrimination against lesbians and gay men.”
“We represent the gay and lesbian community at the local, state and national level through statewide consultations. Our major consultations have highlighted social injustice and legal inequality faced by lesbians and gay men, in areas such as relationship recognition, parenting and adoption rights, workplace discrimination, the age of consent and homophobic violence.”
“We empower the community to take action in the push for equality. The GLRL runs volunteer working groups which organise campaigns and events highlight equality issues.”
For the month of March I am going to be a little bit self-serving. I will be donating a portion of all proceeds from my artwork sold to support Gay and Lesbian rights in my new home, New South Whales. For now my partner and I will be married where it really counts…in our hearts!! Love you boo.
This month Ive decided to kickoff the year with a global non-profit, seeing as I recently moved across the globe to Australia! Action Against Hunger has a proven track record of success and uses the majority of it’s funding for program services!
“Recognised as a leader in the fight against malnutrition, Action Against Hunger | ACF International saves the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, ACF runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting five million people each year.”
This month a percentage of the proceeds from my original artwork sold will be donated to The Lulu & Leo Fund. Please look into their story, and help them to enrich the lives of children who do not have access to educational experiences in art and science.
Established by Marina & Kevin Krim in memory of their two children, The Lulu & Leo Fund seeks to raise money for children’s education and enrichment programs. Please join the Krim Family on this page to honor Lulu and Leo’s love of arts & sciences.
In light of one if the largest storms in history to hit the US, I have chosen to focus a percentage of the profits from my artwork sold to Hurricane Sandy relief. Luckily there are a number of non-profits stepping up to help, and I will be supporting a disaster response team that unites the skills of military vets with medical professionals to rapidly deploy emergency response teams into crisis situations.
The organization is called Team Rubicon. It’s a new kind of global disaster response that “harnesses the skills of military veterans; offering them a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves.”
They have already deployed all over the world for disaster relief, and have sent 6 teams to the Eastern coast of the US to support the repercussions of Hurricane Sandy.
Over the next few weeks I will be packing up my life and moving to Australia with my partner! Im am so excited to embark on this new adventure, and to explore cultural differences in my work!
This Kickstarter Adopt-a-Painting Project will provide funds for creating a new series of 12 paintings featuring Queer-identified Australian women. The new body of work will be exhibited at a local Australian gallery this year! And the best part is: My paintings are the rewards! By pledging to fund this project you are adopting an existing or new painting.