ARTFULLY AWARE

CONNECT. COLLABORATE. CHANGE.

CONNECT. COLLABORATE. CHANGE.

Artfully AWARE (AfA) is an organization that connects communities, collaborates with local partners and generates positive change in people’s lives through advocacy events and innovative community development projects.

Our Vision

Our Vision

Our philosophy is to inspire each one of us to recognize our power as an individual to promote change. Whether advocating for human rights, facilitating educational workshops or teaching income generating skills in rural communities, we bring a creative global perspective to society.

BETTY ACIVE / CHRISTINE ADEE

BETTY ACIVE / CHRISTINE ADEE

“You are always coming with new ideas, teaching us to draw pictures and write stories. It is so good for older people, like me.” “AfA, you should continue training with us so that markets can be expanded for our products. We don’t want to forget what you taught us.”

WHERE WE WORK

WHERE WE WORK

Our work consists of developing Community-Created Book Projects and related programs with our partner communities.

SUPPORT US

SUPPORT US

Artfully AWARE invests in programs and projects to create a lasting difference. Your generosity allows our work to help others. Connect with other global citizens by ordering our Community-Created Books and make change happen.

Who We Are: OUR MISSION AND VISION
OUR MISSION AND VISION

Artfully AWARE (AfA) is an organization that connects communities, collaborates with local partners and generates positive change in people’s lives through advocacy events and innovative community development projects. Our philosophy is to inspire each one of us to recognize our power as an individual to promote change. Whether advocating for human rights, facilitating educational workshops or teaching income generating skills in rural communities, we bring a creative global perspective to society. We help empower and teach confidence building skills to participants who have experienced traumatic events such as: war, disease, famine, abuse and extreme poverty. Read more...

Who We Are: OUR WORK
OUR WORK

Artfully AWARE uses creativity as an important tool for social improvement and emotional recovery of persons who have experienced traumatic events, disabilities or inadequate living conditions through our main program - The Community-Created Book Project. Our project builds trust through discussions, elicits the sharing of personal narratives through interviews and story sharing, while painting, drawing and photography workshops empower people to discover solutions to community issues. Sometimes dance, theatrical performances and music sessions are also utilized. Together, these workshops form a complete holistic approach to working with communities. Read more...

Who We Are: WHAT WE’RE UP TO
WHAT WE’RE UP TO

Our latest Community-Created Book, "Ghana Is … A Country in Transition – from Tradition to Technology" has now been published. Told in the colorful words of the Ghanaian community in their homeland, this book discusses ideas and issues close to their hearts as well as feelings toward their country and its role in Africa. Businesses and organizations looking to invest in this creative and forward-looking nation can gain valuable insight from the book’s Ghanaian contributors, including: entrepreneurs, business leaders, authors, fashion designers, comic book creators, librarians, workers and university students. We are currently working on our next book based on our programs in Haiti. Read more...

Partners: THOSE WHO WORK WITH US
THOSE WHO WORK WITH US

We form strong local and international partnerships. We run programs by working together with community led organizations and businesses. We create and facilitate educational partnerships by linking with schools and educational institutions. We participate in festivals and develop advocacy events together with professional artists and performers. Partnerships are the backbone to all that we do. We thank all of those who we have worked with over the years. Read more...

Past Programs: EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT

Since 2007, Artfully AWARE has developed and implemented dozens of programs in the United States, United Kingdom, Rwanda, Swaziland, Uganda and South Africa. AfA instructors taught various workshops that used theater, dance, music, media and painting techniques to educate, improve social-well being and assist in economic development. AfA has also advocated for human rights by creating and participating in numerous events and exhibitions. Read more...

Past Advocacy Events: BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS
BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS

AfA has advocated over the years for human rights by creating and participating in numerous events and exhibitions. The purpose is to represent communities’ issues and challenges through celebrations of cultural diversity and identity. We strongly believe in the power of social action to build bridges of understanding between our own culture and the cultures of others. Past events have been held at the United Nations, New Orleans Museum of Art and U.K. Festivals. Read more...

Changing Lives: Kojo Akoto Boateng
Kojo Akoto Boateng

"At GhanaThink, our Africa- focused think tank, we want to solve the little problems first and then fix the bigger problems. Fix the small holes in the road; eventually you will fix the whole road and fix the bigger problem. Don’t do big when you don’t have big. For people who have little funds, I give this advice: People can come behind a cause. People have passion. Tap into the passion and the materials available to you. Create something with what you have access to." Read more...

Changing Lives: Eyram Akofa Tawia
Eyram Akofa Tawia

“I am a programmer, game developer and designer. Our goal is of merging the past with the present in an exciting and compelling format that encourages younger generations to be genuinely excited about African history and culture. The more relevant we make these in education, the better the long term prospects for preserving our culture and heritage. Gaming is a field that is very technical. It is transformational and makes you understand math and physics more." Read more...

Get Involved: Be Artfully AWARE
Be Artfully AWARE

We are an organization that believes business investment - not just charity - is the best way to help communities flourish. We ask you to consider purchasing our books for yourself, family, friends and the classroom. We also offer unique partnership opportunities to companies and organizations who are interested in developing a Community-Created Book Project within the communities they work in and assist us in distributing our books to new geographic regions. Read more...