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.
There’s a place for everyone on the team, no matter your skill level or experience.
Storytellers / Blog writers
You don’t have to be a professional creative. you just need to want to make a difference through creativity.
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I AM ART IMPACTS ARTISTS & CHILDREN
“If the pain of your story is not transformed, it will be transmitted.”
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.
I AM ART MODEL
CREATE BEAUTIFUL ART
ALTER ART THROUGH CONFLICT
cREATE SOMETHING EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL FROM THE BROKEN PIECES
BENEFITS OF CREATIVITY
Art Show Prep
Return or Excursion
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
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.
You don’t have to pay for anything out of pocket. We help you raise support as a 501c3 nonprofit.
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.
Use the award-winning Athentikos documentary for fundraising.
TOTAL COST = REGISTRATION FEE + TEAM FEE + AIRFARE
We break out the total cost into three installments. Your fundraising can cover everything.
Covers training, administration, and in-country costs.
Airfare varies depending on your departure city. People can donate airline miles to your trip and reduce your airfare cost … even make it free!
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)
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I AM ART has impacted countless lives since 2010. Here is an archive of our major projects.