Recognizing that creativity and beauty are powerful agents for healing and change, Barefoot Artists works with poor communities around the globe using art to bring healing, self-empowerment and social change.
Among many others, Barefoot Artists’ projects have included: Creating a memorial park for genocide survivors in Rwanda, partnering with the community on a remarkable mural celebrating life in a refugee camp in Palestine; transforming the campus of a school serving low income, migrant families in Beijing, China; and a decade long beautification and education program in the Korogocho settlement in Kenya- a community subsisting primarily on the income they can generate from recycling what they can find in one of Nairobi’s major dump sites.
Barefoot artists embodies the Pennywise perspective that significant, enduring change can be generated by seemingly small, relatively inexpensive actions. They understand that impact should not always be measured in strictly economic terms but also by a multitude of less tangible indications that the quality of life in a community is improving.
We look forward to a long partnership with them as they use art to effectuate small changes that will, indeed, leave us with a better world.