I have had two recent tours of Bavaria to paint, draw and get to know the people and their culture. The refugee situation remains a very hot topic.
The refugee situation is Germany right now is so huge and complex that it can seem completely overwhelming. I want to make a difference this time when I go back and I have decided to give $1,250.00 (25% of my crowdfunding goal) to Bethany Christian Services, a non profit in my hometown of Grand Rapids Michigan that has a longstanding successful program working to help refugees around the world make transitions into stable new homes. This will be my small way to help.
Painting and drawing is my way to learn about a different culture.
This will be my third time going to Germany to paint and draw and I am really excited to be able to return again to what is coming to feel like a second home. I have done a lot of work plein-air which is a artsy word for painting what you see right out in the open where anyone can see you and talk to you if they have the desire to. The performer-extrovert in me loves this opportunity to meet new people but it is also a very effective way to become immersed into a new culture and learn a lot very quickly.
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This is a project I simply will not be able to do well on my own. I am offering you this opportunity to join me in this great adventure of making art and building a cultural exchange between Germany and the United States and also bring real help to some of the worlds most vulnerable by coming alongside Bethany Christian Services as they continue their very important work with refugees.