This simple three word phrase
creating * the * future
expresses what we do, what we value, what we are working toward and what we believe to be possible.
We believe that we can create the future.
We will create the future.
How are we creating the future you ask?
We think a good place to start is with women. We know that the single most effective way to improve communities is to improve the well-being of women and there is a great deal of research that supports this. Journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn recent book and organization Half the Sky and the United Nations both offer information on how when you improve the lives of women, families and communities benefit.
“Women have plans for themselves, for their children, about their home, the meals. They have a Vision. A man wants to enjoy himself.”
~ Grameen Bank’s Muhammad Yunus to a US Congressional Forum on why94% of his loans go to women.
How Does Art fit in?
Art is our medium in this work. We know that art is a powerful way to communicate. The International Art Therapy Association highlights how art has been used as a tool in individual and community transformation. Our art class gives women a way to think about and express their ideas for their future. Then, our art show brings people together and gives community members a chance to view the women’s art work and think about new possibilities.
This is how we are creating the future – Women * Art * Community
Now it’s your turn. Take a moment and think about creating the future. Really, go ahead, give yourself the freedom to imagine what you would like for your future. Who would you be? What would you do? How would you feel? Pretty powerful, huh?
Now think about the future of your community….. the future of the world.
Think about creating the future. Then do it!
Join us in creating the future!