i want to introduce a really important project i became involved with a year ago. my good friend/art therapist Christine Tiernan created Art Seva–her vision to do art programs with less fortunate kids in India (and in other countries in the future). she invited myself and several others to be on the board, and it has been a beautiful experience helping Christine in all phases of starting up Art Seva. Art Seva is dedicated to providing nurturing art programs for orphans, vulnerable children and those affected by loss and trauma. youth volunteers and others assist with these programs, cultivating international understanding and compassion.

Orphanages do not have regular art programs. Understandably, once a child is safely brought to an orphanage, the primary focus becomes medical care, clothing and education. The opportunity to do art is a rare
treat! For children who have been hurt, art renews their
ability to feel joy.

Christine and two teen volunteers visited orphanages in Delhi, Hardiwar and Rishikesh in June 2006. It was a successful trip, and Christine hopes to return in 2007 to these orphanages and expand the program to other orphanages with limited resources. (i am hoping to go, if not this one, soon.) As with any organization like this, donations are needed to fund it. If you are interested in learning more, please post a comment with your email, and i would be happy to send you a thorough packet explaining Art Seva’s mission and documentation of the 2006 trip.

Aside from monetary donations, ART SUPPLIES ARE NEEDED

Water color kits
Sketch books
Heavier weight paper for painting
Glue sticks, scotch tape, scissors
Drawing media–pencils, erasers, sharpeners, colored pencils, crayons, cray-pas, washable markers
Media containers
Paint brushes

Collage materials, construction paper, ribbon, glitter, etc.
Model-magic, or similar sculpting material.

If you would like to donate in any way, please send to:

Art Seva
Box 5855
Santa Fe, NM 87502If you or anyone you know would like to volunteer, please email Christine Tiernan. CLTiernan@yahoo.com

Art Seva is a 501-(c)(3) non-profit organization #77-0296291

After working with kids in Nepal, i know how fortunate i am to be an artist, make a living as an artist and have access to art materials. in fact, i never knew a time when art materials were not available to me to make art. art brings me so much joy, and i am happy and eager to share that joy of artistic expression with kids who might not otherwise experience it.

thanks for listening, jenny