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

We currently focus all of our attention on countries in Africa. Our work consists of developing Storybook 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 Storybooks 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

We just completed our educative programs in Ghana and Haiti for our forth and fifth Community-Created Books. As a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), we attended their annual meeting held in September. Established by President Bill Clinton, CGI convenes global leaders to implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. They have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists and members of the media. AfA has committed to developing 5 new Community-Created Book Projects in Kenya, Ghana, Haiti, Belize and India. 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: Leonida Nanjala
Leonida Nanjala

Leonida Nanjala, born in Mombasa, is Kenya's first Theatre Therapist and founder of TEMA Creations. The arts provided a much needed outlet of expression for all the challenges and traumas she had experienced as a child. She is a true pioneer who strives to make a positive impact and uses her personal stories to encourage others to see and realize their own gifts and talents. Her ultimate aim is to demonstrate that anyone can overcome adversity. Read more...

Changing Lives: Steven Kyenze
Steven Kyenze

“I ran away all my life. I ran away from the police, I ran away from people I’d harmed. And I asked myself, how long can I keep running? One day I felt it in my heart to go to church and start a new life. The preacher listened as I shared my dream of becoming a painter. I now use my hands in a positive way. I have a purpose in life. I have vowed to give back one year of service to these children for every year I have done wrong. I hope I live a long time.” 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...