Art Sprouts, Inc. sprang from the dream of giving children from impoverished backgrounds the much-needed chance to discover their unique creative selves. As we developed our model, we looked at the most pressing social concerns: poverty, gender inequality, and access to education—this is how our vision was born. Art Sprouts, Inc. achieves its mission by facilitating programs that make arts education available to children from communities around the world.
At Art Sprouts, Inc. we help our clients to achieve their dreams through arts education, and by engaging volunteers and communities.
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Community engagement and collaboration are vitally important in my work as an artist-educator and an artist: it demonstrates people’s ability to come together and advocate on their own behalf. Collaboration is the cornerstone of my work, as it exemplifies how the arts can play a vital role in individuals’ lives as well as in communities. I encourage my students—through artwork produced in our "classroom" — to create a means to share ideas and accomplishments without boundaries.
I am a designer, architect, artist, entrepreneur, and mother. I was born in Ukraine, where I came to love learning and the arts. After moving to the U.S. and throughout my career, I have wanted to share the benefits of the arts. My formal art and education training includes, but not limited to Sunbridge Insitute, the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture, Kiev University of Construction and Architecture, Harrington College of Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).
Art Sprouts, Inc. is a nonprofit, which means that all our proceeds go towards facilitating our programs. Our lessons are donation based: we ask you to give what you think is reasonably fair.
While working in developing countries, I witnessed some of the world’s most intractable social concerns: poverty, gender inequality and lack of access to education. I had a vision—helping children stand up to poverty and life’s challenges through the arts. In order to further my goals, I founded Art Sprouts, Inc., a nonprofit organization. While holding a full-time corporate position, my free time is now spent running the organization and planning arts programs for children I have yet to meet.
As an artist-educator, I create strategies that make the arts accessible to children and adults from underserved communities around the world.
On Tax Day 2019, I received an email from Sydney Dexter, Exhibitions Manager of The Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederic, MD. Sydney wrote: “You are receiving this email because one or more of the pieces you entered for consideration in the 2019 National Juried Exhibit has been accepted for the exhibition". I am honored to be the Third Prize recipient for the piece “Sunrise” from the series “Nepal”, oil on canvas 36”x36”, circa 2013.
As Pablo Picasso said, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up". I teach my students (including my son, 6) that art has no boundaries and only limited to one's imagination.
Teaching arts can be challenging. I challenge my students to ask themselves these following questions: How do I take the chance to develop talents that would otherwise go unrecognized? How do I cut through the complexities of the conventional mindset and seize the opportunity for personal growth and self-expression?
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