Our Mission
To engage youth from conflict-affected countries and their communities through collaborative art-making to promote hope, well-being, and self-determination in the pursuit of social justice.

Founders’ Story

Colors of Connection was founded by two friends, Laurie Reyman and Christina Mallie, who share a passion for humanitarian work and love for the African continent. Two things spurred its’ founders to create the organization. The first was the belief that art has an incredible power to impact people’s lives for better: to transform, change and heal. The second was the conviction that there is a real and unmet need for psychosocial support for individuals and communities who face the stark and immensely challenging reality of rebuilding after war.

Get to Know Us!
Learn more about the Colors of Connection Team


We envision a peaceful world in which everyone’s capabilities are awakened through creative engagement and put into action to benefit themselves, their communities, and others.

Our Core Values

SOCIAL JUSTICE: We advocate for equal social and economic rights and opportunities for every person and group, particularly those who are most oppressed and marginalized.

DIVERSITY: We celebrate the uniqueness of each individual, community and culture.

CREATIVITY: We cultivate innovation, imagination and the joyful exploration and expression of personal gifts.

UNITY: We emphasize connection to others and the feeling of belonging to something larger through shared values, responsibilities and interests.

EXCELLENCE: We maintain the highest standards of quality, integrity and ethical practice.


To mark World Mental Health Day, Culture Trip celebrates the work of five visual artists from Africa whose work creates awareness surrounding mental health issues on the continent.

Colors of Connection
in the News

Creating a Community Mural: a powerful toolkit about mural making that can be used to transform public spaces, communities, and youth.

Reports and Financials

Learn more about us through our annual and project reports, and IRS tax filings. You can also find our brochures here.

Our Sponsors and Partners