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Recent News: Ghana and Haiti

We just completed a month-long program in Ghana for our latest Storybook project. We worked with hundreds of community members throughout the country. We will design and publish our next Storybook in early 2014.

This month we are in Haiti visiting potential partners and community groups. Spring 2014 will see the AfA team return to Haiti to teach a full program and gather materials for our fifth Storybook.

Clinton Global Initiative

Artfully AWARE is a formal member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 400 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $73.5 billion.

 CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world.

Through CGI, Artfully AWARE continues working on issues concerning global health, community resiliency and gender equality. One of CGI’s content areas is Response & Resilience with a specific focus on resilience through the arts this year. AfA has participated in events throughout the year, including the Annual Meeting that took place in New York City in September 2013.

For more information, visit www.clintonglobalinitiative.org

Other Exciting News: Community-Created Stories: Books That Reshape Lives

Artfully AWARE is very pleased to be in partnership with award winning, professional teacher, international storyteller and TED Talks talent search finalist, Kristin Pedemonti, who builds bridges between and connects cultures through the Power of Story. She performs world-wide at festivals, universities, schools and special events sharing tales of hope, understanding and joy. Kristin reminds us we are all interconnected; our stories matter, and we all have the potential to be every day superheroes. She is the Founder of Literacy Outreach Belize and has donated programs for 33,000 youth and trained 800 teachers how to use their own cultural stories in the classroom. She’s performed throughout the USA and globally in Ireland, Germany, Colombia, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Sweden, Poland and beyond.

For more information, visit www.storytellerkp.com

For the Clinton Global Initiative, Artfully AWARE has committed to developing 5 new Storybook Programs in Kenya, Ghana, Haiti, Belize and India over the next 2 years, with additional countries to follow. These projects will directly engage 500 participants and produce 500 new Storybooks. Kristin Pedemonti is AfA’s lead facilitator for this ongoing project. The five main components to an AfA Storybook Program in each country include the following:

1. Kristin Pedemonti – as Lead Facilitator – travels to the country and works with locally based colleagues in order to facilitate discussions around positive and challenging issues participants feel are important for the world to be aware of and understand. This opens up dialogue amongst community members, builds trust and enables the members to shape their own stories. 2. Once the main subjects are chosen, AfA employs story writing workshops, painting sessions and show-and-tell demonstrations along with other creative outlets for expression such as dancing and musical sessions. The writings, community history, translations, photographs and illustrations are collected, translated into their local language and sent to AfA’s in-house book designers.

3. AfA’s book designers assimilate all of the materials, design and publish the community authored and illustrated Storybook that is translated into their local language and describes the history of each community group. Participants’ photographs are included in each book to provide a telling documentation of the process. 4. Storybooks are printed, shipped and delivered to all participants. 5. Additional Train-the-Trainer Workshops are offered in which local participants learn how to deliver this program to others in their own communities in the interest of creating a sustainable program which impacts more people. A Training Program, expanding upon the material presented within the books, trains teachers, librarians, educators and community center leaders about how Storybooks can be utilized.

AfA’s commitment for CGI enables us to develop educational and creative programs for community members to promote empowerment, support psychological well-being, increase self-esteem, share teaching tools and enhance local capacity building. By massively expanding our Storybook Project, AfA is building up our collection of Storybooks so we can share these publications with fellow participants around the world. Through these books, AfA aims to engender cross-cultural learning, foster a greater awareness of human rights, encourage the breakdown of barriers and stereotypes and preserve cultural heritage.

For more information about our specific CGI Commitment, visit http://get.cgilink.org/v/c/832184