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Ecuadorian Arts Initiative PROJECT BLOG


These mixed media pieces were created while teaching in Ecuador this past January/February, 2018. During my travels, I would  devote time each morning and evening “recording” the day; the events of which are often unspeakable through ordinary means.


My journey takes me throughout the country teaching in orphanages, schools, and in local communities whose lack of resources prohibit art in the schools where they can’t pay trained teachers or get art supplies. I bring supplies to donate as well as teach simple bookmaking along with mixed media projects. I often feel stretched during my time teaching, going into areas of the central highlands where there is a lack of physical resources, but an abundance of heart and community. This internal stretching  allows in more light and the communities, whose needs represent a growing reality, help provide this source of light. All proceeds generated from this show go toward the purchasing of art supplies for 2019.


Each winter, I travel for five weeks teaching art to children in the central highlands of Ecuador. From orphanages to schools and in local communities, I donate art supplies and spend anywhere from a day to two weeks offering art classes.


I bring my sketch pad along with my original printed papers to paint/collage during the evening and early morning. These “sketches” are the evidence of something unspeakable from my experience with the children and help me process what is often hard to put into words.


About the project:

EAI was founded by m in 2016 as a way of serving the creative needs of children throughout Ecuador. For five weeks each winter, Sarah travels throughout the country teaching art in orphanages, schools, and communities. Donations of art supplies are offered to these communities and schools along with  immersion in art. The projects range from surface design to simple bookmaking and printmaking .


Essentially there is very little art in the schools and in the smaller communities, none. Parents often have to purchase the supplies needed for projects and art supplies are at a minimum.


This project is a culmination of years training as both an artist and a chaplain. As an interfaith minister, Sarah has created an arts ministry which both serves the creative needs of children and families, but also serves as a way to connect spiritually to the people she encounters .


Fundraising is key to this project and donations are accepted both online, as well as in person. The sale of these pieces go directly into the project, mostly in the purchasing of art supplies.


Photos: 1. Indigenous community Pucara with children creating simple book projects with envelopes. 2. La Inmaculada Catholic School in Otavalo making origami boxes. 3. Second day at La Inmaculada creating handmade envelopes and books. 4. School children at Juan Jose Buñay Comunidad Sigsihuayco, Ingapirca making signature-style books.



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