creativity as mission
Athentikos is a nonprofit that empowers through life-transforming creative arts.
Scott & Amelia Moore founded Athentikos in 2008 to give thanks to the birth country of their sons.
After wrestling with infertility for over a decade, Scott and Amelia adopted two sons from Guatemala. During their adoption process, they learned about Guatemala’s tragic history and met children who were still hurting. They couldn’t just adopt their sons and move on with their lives. They had to respond. So, they decided to use their creative talents to tell a story that would inspire audiences to respond.
The Moores recruited creative friends and took three trips to Guatemala in 2009-2010 to produce ‘Reparando’, a feature-length, award-winning documentary that depicts the country’s 36-year war and reconstruction.
In 2011, Athentikos was established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit and began producing a second documentary, ‘Becoming Fools’, a moving story about the impact of a professional clown who mentored at-risk youth living in the streets of Guatemala.
Working with street youth during the production of Becoming Fools inspired Athentikos to create an arts program called “I AM ART” to empower at-risk kids through creative arts. Athentikos currently leads several international teams a year in partnership with orphanages and homes for at-risk youth.
Athentikos was born from our identity. We wanted to help people around the world, but we realized we aren’t doctors, lawyers, or engineers. We’re creatives. We believe the desires of our heart came from a God who loves us and wants us to generously share our identity to serve the least, last, and lost. When we’re authentic to our identity, our origin is unquestionable. When we’re authentic in community, our lives compliment each other in a sum greater than each of its parts; a diversity in unity that can only be explained by the overwhelming grace of a God writing a greater story.
MEANING: GREEK WORD FOR “AUTHENTIC”
The continual process of being drawn closer to our authentic identity over the course of life.
Scott founded Athentikos with his wife Amelia in 2008 after adopting two sons from Guatemala. In addition to leading creative direction for I AM ART, he has directed the Athentikos films, Reparando and Becoming Fools.
Scott fell in love with global cultures during childhood while traveling the world with his family. After graduating from high school in Okinawa, Japan, Scott returned to the United States and received a BA in Theatre Arts with Communication from Hastings College.
Amelia Moore was introduced to the beautiful country of Guatemala in 2005 through the adoption of their two sons. Her formal background is in art and graphic design, and from these creative fields, she discovered a love of photography in 2003.
She's now a full-time award-winning photographer working in events and portraits whose been featured in People Magazine and numerous websites. You can see examples of her work at ameliajmoore.com.
David attended his first IAA camp in 2014 and fell in love with the Athentikos Mission. I AM ART allows him to combine his creative endeavors with his passion for serving others. As Director of I AM ART, David develops our global partnerships and facilitates our I Am Art programming.
Dave Baggett grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia and got a BS in Biology from JMU. He later earned an MDiv from Covenant Seminary and became a church planter. Currently he is preparing to be a missionary to Scotland. He has a lovely wife of 23 years and 3 awesome children. Dave has been to Guatemala 4 times and helped in the filming of Reparando. He loves I Am Art and the healing that it brings. He is also an artist who loves to paint.
Mary Collins brings more than 20 years of experience to the Athentikos board with her work in the entertainment industry. She is currently the Female Activations Specialist with Troops And Allies Entertainment. While attending Belmont University, she began her career working as a personal assistant for multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning artist Michael W. Smith where over the next decade her role continued to expand to include calendar management, VIP scheduling and quarterly design and publication of his artist newsletter. For the past 8 years, her focus has been on creating influencer marketing campaigns, female activations and project management for some of the most successful films to date including A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (releasing Fall 2019, I Still Believe (releasing Spring 2020), Breakthrough, Beautifully Broken, God’s Not Dead, War Room, Risen and Do You Believe. Mary also has experience on campaigns for many Fathom full feature events including Emmanuel, Amazing Grace (Aretha Franklin), The Drop Box, The Bowden Dynasty and The Abolitionists. Mary continues to reside just outside of Nashville, TN with her husband Josh and their three kids Molly, Riley and Jonas.