Overwhelming burden and grief was rooted in my heart. There had to be more we could do.
The burdens in our hearts differ and I can only share what’s been in mine.
In 2004 while I was attending college working on my Associates degree, I learned that in 1994 a genocide in Rwanda took place which killed 80,000 people within a span of 100 days. From that point on, my life had dramatically changed. An overwhelming burden and grief was rooted in my heart. Regardless of whether the entire world was oblivious to this horrific event when it happened, I was in no way able to justify that I wasn’t aware, especially because I was living a self absorbed, all about me life.
Through the years, the burden I had felt for the Rwandans, especially the orphaned children, never ceased. And here I am nine years later with the same lingering, nagging thought that there must be something I can do. Anything. Although, what’s a stay at home mom supposed to do? I had absolutely no clue other than to give a monthly donation to support Hand of Hope, an organization I trusted that performed a ton of relief work all over the world. It’s presence in Africa was also very known. Yet, I was never content and it definitely never eased my heart. I continued to hope that there was much more I could do.
In 2009, I became active in the South Florida art scene. I had all the intentions of donating all the money I made from my sold works to help the oppressed, especially the orphans. Although ,that idea bore a different fruit. Selling art wasn’t as easy of a task as I had thought. Thus came the birth of ArtHeart. I wasn’t able to raise enough on my own, so I thought I’d curate and organize my own events. http://wemerge.com/artheart-rwanda-reach-reachout/ http://wemerge.com/artheart-rwanda-reach-reachout/ http://wemerge.com/artheart-rwanda-reach-reachout/Since 2009, I’ve organized nine exhibitions/events and I’m currently working on the tenth one.
“ArtHeart for Rwanda” was held at the Fat Village Art District on November 16th, 2013. This show was focused on raising funds for orphans in Rwanda in partnership with ZoeHelps.org. It featuring more than 25 artists with live art by Skott Rage Johnson, live music, and DJ’s. For more information on the next Art Heart Event visit www.ArtHeart.com. t
Katya Neptune / katya@ArtHeart.co