Saturday, January 16, 2010

Relief and Aid for Haiti

Like so many people, I have been touched by the devastation of the recent earthquake in Haiti. I am also touched by all the outpouring of support from the people of the world. Humanitarian is defined as concern for human welfare, especially as manifested through philanthropy and the belief that the sole moral obligation of humankind is the improvement of human welfare. To me, being a humanitarian has nothing to do with politics or religion. It's beyond that - it's human (humane).

If you are inspired to donate, there are many avenues available that should suit any political or religious viewpoint.

You can also contribute by participating in an art auction. A local Southern California mixed-media artist, Shari Beaubien, is auctioning off an original painting. Starting bid is $60. The bidding will be open until midnight, Friday, January 22, 2010. What's cool about this auction is that the total donation will be made through her husband's employer, Warner Bros, to one of the following charities: American Red Cross, International Rescue Committee, CARE, and/or UNICEF (all established relief organizations currently on the ground in Haiti) and that Warner Bros will match whatever donations they get dollar for dollar. So, not only can you help, but you might just get a cool piece of original art.

If you're a creative-type, you can also take an on-line workshop. Another Southern California artist, Mary Ann Moss, is offering a workshop and if you enroll between January 16 -31st, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to The Red Cross Haitian Relief Fund. The cool thing here is not only are you helping out, you are going to get a fun and inspiring stenciling workshop!


  1. Thank you so much, Kris, for the mention! I truly appreciate it from the bottom of my heart... You mentioned I am "local". Does that mean you're from around these parts, too?

  2. Hi Shari. I am a silent member of Art Gang LA. I saw your post and checked it out. I admire what you're doing and wanted to share with my currently small audience. I was also reading your blog and was really touched by your posts of Montgomery and working through your grief.

  3. I am from around these parts - Glendale.