March 14, 2010
I purchase art to mark special occasions in my life. When Isis Initiative, Inc. received non-profit status from the Internal Revenue Service last October, I decided to celebrate with a painting.
I had seen Julie’s painting in two separate exhibits. I asked her if she still had it and told her I’d like to buy it. And I told her why. We both thought “Justice” was the perfect choice. She gave me the friend’s plan and allowed me to purchase it in installments. It’s a beautiful approach. It gave Julie time to spend with the painting, time to say goodbye. And it gave me a way to work the purchase into my budget.
Last Thursday, on a rainy Oregon night, we shared a pot of tea and conversation in front of a fire before I took the painting home.
It was the perfect transition. It’s the perfect painting to celebrate Isis Initiative, Inc. and the work we do. Justice. Educating and uplifting women goes a long way to creating justice in our world.
And I love supporting and celebrating an artist and a friend like Julie Green. And I love having her painting to celebrate our work. And I just love the painting.
December 18, 2009
Alice Anderson is in town for the holidays. Alice is a board member and a college student at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. I’m refreshed by and grateful for Alice’s energy and perspective.
We had lunch at our local favorite McMennamins and trolled the Web looking for images of textiles from Africa and the Philippines, trying to find colors and patterns that would represent the countries and women we hope to serve with our scholarship program.
Alice discovered this blog: http://cesandherdishes.blogspot.com/. It features the work of a Filipina artist, C.P. Adorio. When we found the painting of the three women in traditional attire in a rural setting, we thought it was perfect for our purposes.
Oh, the power of technology. We sent the artist an e-mail and explained the mission and work of Isis Initiative, Inc. and asked if she’d be willing to let us use her photo on thank-you note for our donors.
The next day we received an enthusiastic response from Ces, the artist. Today I received a large jpeg file. And I learned she lives in Houston. We had imagined she was in the Philippines. I’d like to meet her and see her work in person.
Thank you, Ces. Thank you, Alice.
April 15, 2009
Our note cards are front and center when you walk into Grass Roots bookstore. Thank you, Jack and Sandy, for supporting local artists and local causes.
A few days ago, I had spoken to Margaret at Allann Bros Coffee about carrying our cards. At her request, I sent a sample set with info about our nonprofit and our pricing. I followed up promptly. She left me a message yesterday, apologizing, saying she wasn’t aware they were going to discontinue cards sales at their local Beanery coffee shops.
My sweet friend, Alison, who lives in Singapore, has ordered four sets of cards to give as gifts and to support our scholarship fund. Alison and her husband, Marcel, were with me that fateful afternoon six years ago when I wrecked my ATV in the jungle and shattered my wrist. Marcel put my arm in a sling at the scene.
That shattered wrist led to an epiphany and a college education for Leah. Now we’re hoping to send many other young women to college.
If anyone reading this post–is anyone reading these posts?–has any leads/ideas/suggestions on how or where to sell these note cards, we would really appreciate your feedback.
All the monies from sales go to Isis Initiative, Inc. Thank you.
January 9, 2009
As a journalist and a visual artist, I believe in the power of narrative, in the power of the stories we tell each other and ourselves. Stories have the power to connect us, heal us and uplift us.
So I’m not listening to the stories–in the news or on the streets–that harbinger doom and disaster, that foment fear. I am listening to and telling stories of hope and gratitude for all that 2009 brings.
I believe it’s possible to make a big difference in a person’s life with the simplest gestures. By making small changes in our daily routines, we can save a bit of money and donate it to a worthy cause. Donate to Isis Initiative, Inc.
For example, for $5, instead of buying a latte, you could help quench a young woman’s thirst for knowledge. Instead of spending $10 for a movie, you could help a woman write a new script for her life. Instead of spending $25 dining out, you could nourish a woman’s dreams.
Make that change. Once. Or once a month. Your small change will make a big difference.
And, naturally, if you want to give $100; $1,000; $10,000 or more, we will happily accept.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” — Mahatma GHANDI