The very first paintings by hundreds of children from northern Madagascar's rainforest, one of the poorest and most environmentally threatened regions of the world, will be exhibited in a fundraising exhibition December 14 (6-9pm) at Rogue Space | Chelsea.
Many of the paintings were created from naturally occurring pigments extracted from native fruits and plants such as rangazaha (sword leaf wax lily), vanilla, cloves and trotrobato (bush currents). The exhibition is a unique opportunity to experience the biodiversity, colors and fragrances of the Madagascar rainforest through the children’s creative renderings.
100% of proceeds will be returned to support the children’s further education and assist sustainable community eco projects. All funds will be administered by the Wildlife Conservation Society Madagascar (WCS.org).
Also included in the exhibition and auction will be a range of beautiful wild silk products manufactured by the communities through the auspices of Conservation through Poverty Alleviation International.
The children live in communities whose very existence is being threatened by destructive deforestation and farming practices engaged in due to extreme poverty.
The I Am Madagascar Children’s Empowerment Art Project is the eight in a series of exhibitions by Rogue Foundation showcasing the work of children in need from around the world, following on from I Am Haiti, I Am Afghanistan, I Am Syria, I Am New York, I Am Congo and I Am Palestine and I Am Nepal.
With each project Rogue Foundation brings art supplies to children living in conflict zones or economically challenged areas around the world, inviting them to create, to express, to share and to heal. Their works are exhibited at Rogue Space Gallery and 100% of funds are returned to the children to support their ongoing education and development.
The I Am Madagascar Children’s Empowerment Art Project is a collaboration between Rogue Foundation, Conservation through Poverty Alleviation International (CPALI.org) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS.org).
The project team visited village children in the Makira/Masoala/Maroantsetra área of Northern Madagascar, the largest remaining track to rainforest in the world. The concept of the art projects is to give children, who usually are painting for the very first time, the opportunity to create and express themselves in color and to imagine and manifest what they want to occur in their lives and in their communities.
At the exhibition unique natural and brilliantly dyed textiles made from cocoons produced by endemic species of silk moths will be exhibited and auctioned as well as an exciting range of jewelry from dConstruct.
The exhibition will move to the Bronx Zoo which is administered by WCS.org in early 2017.
CPALI has developed a patented solution to conservation issues that results in unique, artisan textiles made of wild silk. Farmers plant native trees, produce a no-kill wild silk, and earn comfortable living wages through sustainable, silk-based livelihoods. In creating an alternative to destructive subsistence projects SEPALI seek to support the communities of Norther Madagascar develop sustainable production practices while protecting one of the most biodiverse regions of the world.
The Wildlife Conservation Society was originally chartered by New York in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society with a mandate to advance wildlife conservation, promote the study of zoology, and create a ﬁrst-class zoological park. WCS's goal is to conserve the world's largest wild places in 15 priority regions, home to more than 50% of the world's biodiversity.
For information on how to purchase the paintings in this exhibition please contact us at at info@RogueFoundation.org or at 212-751-2210. Your purchase will be helping a child in need reach their goals in life and support communities at the edge of the world’s largest remaining rainforest in Madagascar.
Rogue Foundation projects are 100% funded by events at Rogue Space | Chelsea event and exhibition space.
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