One opportunity makes all the difference

In our Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo program, adolescent girls are effecting positive change for themselves and their community in pursuit of equality and freedom from violence.

Our Impact

War has vast reverberating effects,
from individual traumas to societal breakdown.  
Basic survival often overshadows a
community’s ability to focus on building a better future.

We provide youth transformational opportunities
for themselves and their communities through art.

Aminatou challenged racial and ethnic stereotypes

We met Aminatou when she was was living in a refugee camp in Burkina Faso to escape conflict in her home country of Mali.

As a girl and as a member of the black Touareg ethnic group, who historically have been slaves of the white Touaregs, she was faced with a life of unequal treatment and limited opportunities. She only had two years of schooling.

During her involvement in our program, she experienced, perhaps for the first time in her life, the same respect as everyone else. She showed us her bravery and joy, joked around with the other kids, and even painted when she had been bitten by a scorpion because she didn’t want to miss out.  Her participation challenged cultural perceptions that a dark-skinned girl was just as capable and talented as anyone else.

Louange challenged
gender stereotypes

Serge found community

Hatti gained
the confidence to shine

“Art has the power to render sorrow beautiful,
make loneliness a shared experience,
and transform despair into hope.”
– Brené Brown


Communities and families are struggling
to meet basic needs in the aftermath of war. 
As a result, social and emotional needs
are often unmet.

Youth, in particular, lack access to resources,
role models, a space to connect, heal,
and envision a better future.  

We are working together
with communities to change that.

Why Art? Learn about arts unique power to heal hearts and transform minds.

Help us awaken capabilities by joining the Artivist Circle, our monthly giving community.

Give $25 to pay for food to fuel a teen artivist’s creative energy during a program.

Our Sponsors and Partners

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Ndio, Tunaweza!

A Short Documentary

Art has the power to challenge the negative gender stereotypes that contribute to sexual violence.

Watch this inspiring short documentary showing how teen girls made a positive impact during our mural project, Tunaweza Portraits, in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Colors of Connection is furthering engagement in expressive arts as a vehicle for healing and building relationships in conflict-affected communities.