â€œTravel is fatal to bigotry, prejudice and narrow-mindedness.â€ â€“ Mark Twain
I am really excited to share a new project in the works: The Bali Art Project Documentary Film.
A bit of background:
Through my work with Santa Fe Living Treasures, I learned about The Bali Art Project created by Gaylon Duke and Zenia Victor. The mission of the program: offer Santa Fe high-school juniors with limited financial means, the opportunity to experience the world beyond their borders. Now in itâ€™s eleventh year, The Bali Art Project continues to inspire and transform the lives of young Americans, their families, and their communities.
â€œA new day has dawned for me. I have changed. The world has changed. Before, it was a very large globe with too many cultures and diverse realities for me to witness. Now, it is an infinite universe that I shall explore forever.â€ ~ Ben G., Bali Art Student, Personal Reflection, 2007
Zenia Victor & Gaylon Duke, Bali Art Project founders
In January, I began making The Bali Art Project Documentary Film to preserve and perpetuate the legacy of this amazing program and help tell the story of building global awareness and cultural understanding through travel. The candid, open, life-affirming journey for 8 students and 8 adults, will inspire us all to dream beyond our own realities, overcome the fears of travel and cultural barriers, and re-consider our beliefs, actions, and values in life.
The students were selected and January, and the last few months have been busy getting to know each other, studying Bahasa Indonesian, learning about the Hindu faith and spirituality, and writing their own fundraising letters to families and friends.
The trip is near! On May 26th we depart Albuquerque for Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. We return home to Santa Fe on June 27th.
2010 “Bali Kids”, left to right: Arianna, Sonja, Poqueen,Clark, Kreston, Rosse, Clay, Trey
You can support the project by BUYING a FINE-ART Print!
Pre-pay for a 6 x 9, 11 x 14, or 16 x 20 fine-art print and make a donation to the production of the Bali Art Project Documentary Film. The final image selection will include photographs from previous documentary projects + new selects from the Bali collection.
** The deadline for ordering and paying for prints is Friday, May 21st.
** Final image selection that will include a combination of work from previous projects and select images from Bali will be announced via email and viewable in an online gallery, July 16th.
** All images will be printed the week of August 9th, and mailed the middle to end of August.
** CLICK HERE to download more information and print sale details!
Go ahead! Support art, education, and youth travel!
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* Please note, tax-deductible donations can be made by sending a check to me and made out to the Bali Art Project, a 501(c)(3). If you would like your donation to be tax-deductible, email me for my mailing address, email@example.com.
â€œI want to see more, smell more, taste more, hear more, and feel more than I ever have in my life.â€ ~ Joe S., Bali Art Student, Personal Reflection, 2007
â€œFor young Americans to â€œgetâ€ what it is like to live with few material amenities, yet with warmth, family and community support, art and rituals is a tremendous experience. The spirit of happiness was pervasive in Bali and our son, like others, returned with new optimism and perspective on what is always possible â€“ a positive attitude.â€ ~ Judy G., Parent of Bali Art Student, Letter, 2009
Thanks for your support!