"I Am Syria"
Continuing its mission with children in conflict zones, Rogue Foundation founder Kevin O'Hanlon will be working with boys and girls at refugee camps on the Syrian-Lebanese border at the end of November.
Expanding on "I Am Haiti" and "I Am Afghanistan", the "I Am Syria" project will specifically fund a program of trauma support for children who have been affected by the conflict.
Each project's intent is to provide children with the materials, venue and encouragement to paint, and an outlet to express at a critical time in their lives.
The children's work will be exhibited at Rogue Space | Chelsea in early 2014, and all proceeds used to support a psycho social program focusing on issues brought about by war.
A mini-documentary of the project will be screened.
Rogue Foundation's mission is to empower children in conflict zones around the world by giving them the tools and encouragement to create art and, by extension, to seek creative solutions to their challenges. Previous projects took art supplies and teachers to work with children in Haiti after the 2011 earthquake, with children living in homeless shelters in New York and in Kabul, Afghanistan. Projects are forthcoming in Egypt, Burma, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Bangladesh. Established by filmmaker and gallery owner Kevin O'Hanlon, Rogue Foundation is partially supported by shows and events at Rogue Space | Chelsea, a gallery in the heart of New York's Chelsea gallery district.
New Documentary Series
Drawing Hope is a new documentary series from documentary filmmaker Kevin OHanlon focusing on creativity as a positive response in some of the world's most challenging environments. The series introduces us to political climates around the world through the daily personal experience of a selected creative. Each episode reveals their creative inclinations and processes and how they are shaped by the conflict they witness. Creative resilience is constantly reinforced as a message that hope endures.The series intends to illuminate the politics of conflict from a grassroots, personal perspective and cultivate an awareness that in the midst of great upheaval and challenge there is also a constant stream of creative innovation which empowers us and future generations. Upcoming projects take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Burma, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.