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Shine 
brighter
than the scars ... 

Travel

Get outside the day-to-day bubble and experience the beauty of God's creation.

Explore

Meet new friends, explore culture, and learn learn new ways of seeing the world together.

Serve

Make a difference in the lives of at-risk children through creative arts and return home full of life.

CALLING ALL

If you paint, write, draw, dance, sculpt, sew, act, sing, perform, photograph, film, record, etc … you can make a difference through I AM ART.

I AM ART enriches the lives of at-risk children by using creative arts to show them the power of their true potential.

Our teams help kids discover the uniqueness of who they are in God’s greater story, and unlock the possibilities of what they can be. Everyone can dream. Everyone has a story. Everyone is art. Our goal is to help each child find the art within so they can change the way they see the world around them. This changes their course. This changes their community. This changes EVERYTHING.

current opportunities

Make a difference through creative arts.

Zapote 2019

Escuintla, Guatemala

05/31/2019 - 06/9/2019

Zapote 2019

Host Partner: Kids Alive International

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Opal House 2019

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

06/14/2019 - 06/23/2019

Opal House 2019

Host Partner: Opal House

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Oasis 2019

San Lucas, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala

11/29/2019 - 12/08/2019

Oasis 2019

Host Partner: Kids Alive International

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Casa Bernabé 2019

Guatemala City, Guatemala

10/18/2019 - 10/27/2019

Casa Bernabé 2019

Host Partner: Casa Bernabé

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CANAAN 2019

Chimaltenango, Guatemala

05/10/2019 - 05/19/2019

CANAAN 2019

Host Partner: AMG Guatemala

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current opportunities

Make a difference through creative arts.

Zapote 2019

Zapote 2019

Escuintla, Guatemala
05/31/2019 - 06/9/2019
Opal House

Opal House 2019

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
06/14/2019 - 06/23/2019
Oasis

Oasis 2019

San Lucas, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala
11/29/2019 - 12/08/2019
Casa Bernabé

Casa Bernabé 2019

Guatemala City, Guatemala
10/18/2019 - 10/27/2019
Canaan 2019

CANAAN 2019

Chimaltenango, Guatemala
05/10/2019 - 05/19/2019

Team member roles

There’s a place for everyone on the team, no matter your skill level or experience.

Workshop Leaders
Workshop Assistants
Logistics Coordinators
Storytellers / Blog writers
Photo/Video Crew
Social Media

You don’t have to be a professional creative. you just need to want to make a difference through creativity.

I AM ART MODEL

impact

I AM ART IMPACTS ARTISTS & CHILDREN

“If the pain of your story is not transformed, it will be transmitted.”

-Richard Rohr

conflict resolution

We cannot remove pain and conflict from our story, but we can change how we respond to it. I AM ART connects our personal story to God’s greater story of redemption, so we can rest in the peace of our true identity: Art of the Great I AM.

One of the most important parts of a story is the element of surprise – the twist in the plot that illuminates deeper meaning. Cognitive psychology recognizes the importance of the “discrepant event”: something with an unexpected outcome that is remembered because it engages our brain, encouraging problem solving and critical thinking.

I AM ART uses the surprise of conflict in a creative process to help us process the conflict in our personal story through external symbolism. This process allows us to safely explore conflict and challenges us to think about our healthy responses that will help heal trauma.

impact

I AM ART MODEL

1

CREATE BEAUTIFUL ART

2

ALTER ART THROUGH CONFLICT

3

cREATE SOMETHING EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL FROM THE BROKEN PIECES

BENEFITS OF CREATIVITY

  • COLLABORATION

  • COMMUNICATION

  • CONCENTRATION

  • CONFIDENCE

  • CURIOSITY

  • DISCIPLINE

  • EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

  • EMPATHY

  • IMAGINATION

  • MOTIVATION

  • PATIENCE

  • PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS

  • PURPOSE

  • SELF-RESPECT

  • TOLERANCE

Typical schedule

Arrival
Travel to Guatemala and spend the night in Antigua, a 500-year-old Spanish Colonial City surrounded by three volcanoes.
Team Building
Get to know team members, explore, and spend another night in Antigua.
Camp Setup
Travel to the I AM ART Camp location, meet with local leaders, and prepare the facility for the week-long camp.
Camp
Attend large group sessions, Teach small group session workshops to at-risk youth, and spend time with Artist Team Members from around the world.
Art Show Prep
Teach a final small group workshop session, prepare for a celebratory art show and visit the surrounding community to get a cultural understanding of the children’s lives.
Art Show
Celebrate the week’s achievement in an Art Show with youth and community and spend the afternoon sightseeing in Guatemala City.
Return or Excursion
Return home or join an optional excursion to Lake Atitlan.
Optional Excursion
Reflect on your journey and explore the beauty of quaint villages around Lake Atitlan.
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Team member training

We’ll equip you with everything you need to impact lives through creative arts, including how to:

• Guide youth to explore their story through creative arts

• Understand the cultural and spiritual context of the trip

• Collaborate with like-minded creatives from all over the world

• Empower through story and creative arts

• Raise funds using our media and crowd-funding platform

• Promoting your trip through strategic social media

• Preparing lesson plans for a 5 day workshop using our curriculum guide

• Research and produce inspirational stories

• Select gear for international production

• Pack strategically for a short-term vision trip

optional excursion

Reflect on your journey before you return home.

We believe it is important to take time to reflect on your journey with team members before returning home to normal life. We don’t require it, but we highly recommend joining the optional excursion. We handle all the logistics and take you to some of the most beautiful places on earth. 

Fundraising

You don’t have to pay for anything out of pocket. We help you raise support as a 501c3 nonprofit.

TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS

Athentikos is a 501c3 nonprofit and can accept tax-deductible donations on your behalf. In addition, all I AM ART team members are offered a personal crowd-funding campaign similar to Kickstarter through our web site. We’ll coach you through the fundraising process and provide the resources you need to communicate your opportunity to grow and serve, including our films about Guatemala.
Every team member who has wanted to join an I AM ART trip has been able to raise funding to cover costs. You do not have to pay for the trip out of your pocket. If you have questions, please contact us.

Example of Fundraising campaign.
Connect Fundraising Campaign Example

Use the award-winning Athentikos documentary for fundraising.

COST EXPLANATION

TOTAL COST = REGISTRATION FEE + TEAM FEE + AIRFARE

We break out the total cost into three installments. Your fundraising can cover everything.

Registration

$100

Deadline

Days Left

Team Fee

$1400

DUE ON

Covers training, administration, and in-country costs.

Average Airfare

$700

DUE ON

Destination Airport

Guatemala City

Airfare varies depending on your departure city. People can donate airline miles to your trip and reduce your airfare cost … even make it free!

Optional excursion

$300

DUE ON

Team members are responsible for:

• 6 Meals during team building weekend (as low as $5 to $10 /each).
• Materials needed for Creative Workshops
• Background Check (as low as $30)

I AM ART archives

I AM ART has impacted countless lives since 2010. Here is an archive of our major projects.

Jungle School 2018
Jungle School 2018
Oasis 2018
Oasis 2018
Zapote 2018
Zapote 2018
Casa Bernabé 2018
Casa Bernabé 2018
IAA Front Porch 2017
IAA Front Porch 2017
IAA Oasis 2017
IAA Oasis 2017
IAA Casa Bernabe 2017
IAA Casa Bernabe 2017
IAA Fall 2016
IAA Fall 2016
IAA 2016 Vidas Plenas
IAA 2016 Vidas Plenas
IAA 2016 Se Luz
IAA 2016 Se Luz
IAA 2015 Oasis
IAA 2015 Oasis
IAA 2015 Casa Bernabe
IAA 2015 Casa Bernabe
IAA Fall 2014
IAA Fall 2014
IAA Spring 2014
IAA Spring 2014
Becoming Fools
Becoming Fools
IAA 2012
IAA 2012
IAA 2011
IAA 2011
IAA 2010
IAA 2010