Terra Klay sells teapots, tea cups, and tea to empower Indian artisans, preserve tradition, and encourage conversation about culture.Read More
Pinch Pot Love crafts handmade clay planters, adding the perfect touch to any space. Pinch Pot Love donates 5% of sales to the Crittenton Center in Illinois which provides a safe environment, resources, and care for children.Read More
“I want to see the beauty in everyone because everybody has something to offer.” Wise words from my new friend Kateri, a 65 year old woman who has experience more than I could ever imagine and is changing the world with her art.
This wonderful, incredibly strong lady has experienced sexual abuse, drug abuse and homelessness. She does not let her past define her, her positive outlook on life inspires me. Throughout Kateri’s journey her art and faith have always been stable aspects of life. Kateri expressed that these two elements go hand in hand for her. Art is a spiritual experience, allowing her to use her God given gift to create something of her own.Read More
Behind the doors of this little blue house, lives are changed. Poverty & The Arts is a Nashville non-profit working with the homeless community to encourage creativity. Art and merchandise created by homeless individuals is sold, creating proceeds which go toward furthering the lives of these hardworking men and women.
After connecting with a homeless community back home in Kentucky, Nicole realized how creative the homeless community is. She noticed they use their resources in unique ways. Nicole brought her passion for connecting with the homeless to Nashville, when she started at Belmont in 2010. As a student worker, she planned community service events for the student body. She wanted to get Belmont students connected with the homeless population.Read More
“COOL ART WITH A COOL MISSION.” Wunderkid is encouraging young artists to follow their dreams while getting an education. Wunderkid works with artists ranging from high school to college graduates, putting 50% of profits towards tuition funds for the artists.
I had the honor of chatting with Denise, the founder of Wunderkid, to learn her story. Denise was struggling to pay for school as a student at NYU. She found herself working long hours to pay for her education and focusing on school work which left little time for what she loved, dance. Denise was frustrated because she put more time into working as a bartender than following her passion for dance.
Eventually Denise had the opportunity to move to California and pursue her dreams, dancing in films and music videos. While living the dream in California, she never forget the struggle of being a student and following her passion for the arts.
Denise saw a problem with teens working long hours to pay for their education and losing sight of their goals. She started Wunderkid to encourage kids to continue their love for art while saving up for an education.Read More