Central Asia Institute, one of Infuse Gallery's nonprofit partners, celebrates diversity and building a peaceful world through education. In an article reflecting on charitable giving they have reminded us of the varying traditions of charitable giving across different religions. The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is called "Giving Tuesday" in the United States and celebrates the generosity and sharing of all the that we are grateful for by giving to those more in need.Read More
Twenty years ago we began work to help fund our first school in Pakistan. Today, CAI has initiated over 450 projects in remote, often conflict-ridden areas in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. Imagine creating 450 projects in historically volatile areas occupied by many groups with varying agendas. We had to pioneer our own process, forge relationships, and create a network across these different regions with one common goal – to bring education to children, especially the girls.Read More
I once was listening to an interview with a man who had recently found great success selling his art work. In general it was encouraging to hear someone recount their successes by following their passion, until he made one passing statement that caught my attention. Little did I know that one statement would change the course of my life forever.
He said, “We all know art is a luxury, not a service.”
The unquestionable certainty in how he declared that statement as reality, along with the fact that I found it completely outrageous, yet more or less true made me do a double take. I was upset. I was outraged, in fact, that something as powerful, as meaningful, and as universal as art would be categorized as a luxury. And I asked myself, why?Read More
It's a rare occurrence in life when you find someone who awakens parts of yourself you didn't know where there. When two people come together to reflect something unique, empowering, and passionate it makes you feel alive in ways you've never known before. These relationships make you question the ideas of love, karma, soul mates, and destiny. What is it that brings you and another together, at this point in time, in this place, for this experience right now? Is there a greater divine plan at work? Are we just mirroring our own selves back to one another?Read More
This drawing was the first of this new series in this new chapter of my life. I'm in a process of reclaiming parts of myself I have lost along the way. Really, this is something that is too easy for many of us women to do; to let go of passions, dreams, pieces of our personality in the name of motherhood, to keep our relationships together, to focus on our careers. Its an insidious process, one we don't notice before its too late because we never took the time to take stock of ourselves, take care of ourselves in the daily flurry of responsibilities and activities.
In this modern era where it is said "women can have it all; family, career, success," it feels more like "women should do it all; be the principle parent, work as hard as you can to have a successful career, and don't stop until you accomplish everything on your list." Its a masculine model cleverly disguised in the cloak of feminism.Read More