March 2015

Artist Honoring their Indigenous Roots through Contemporary Art

INDIGENOUS FLUX: Artist Honoring their Indigenous Roots through Contemporary Art March 4 – April 12

Join us as we celebrate the diversity and evolution of what it means to be Indigenous through the creations of Artists from Hayward and around the Bay Area. Indigenous artists adapt their cultural symbols and iconography into their artwork as reflection of traditional culture in a modern urban world!

March 14
10am – 4pm



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Art for Jacksonville’s Youth

My name is Nicole Holderbaum and I am participating as a creator in this year’s One Spark festival here in Jacksonville!
If I win One Spark ($15,000 for each category, each creator is able to win multiple categories) I will use half of my winnings to paint murals in as many Jacksonville public schools as fiscally possible (free for the schools)!
Youth is the foundation of our society, and in order to secure a bright future for us all we must ensure a luminous and stimulating environment for the children today.

If you don’t know about One Spark, it is referred to as “the world’s largest crowd-funding festival”. Creators develop projects included in a range of categories from “Art” to “Social Good” which are awarded funds based on a number of different qualifications. One Spark has a total of $350,000 which is divided up and distributed through multiple different award opportunities for creators. For more information and specifics about One Spark visit their website at

My project is called “Art for Jacksonville’s Youth and Beyond”. It is a project designed to further the public art movement in Jacksonville, and provide free murals for Jacksonville’s public schools. I will be building two separate walls, one of which will be 32ft long and 12ft tall, and the other will be 8ft tall by 16ft long. The first and larger wall will be painted live by myself every day all day long during the festival. The other, smaller mural will be available for children of all ages to paint all day every day during the festival as well. I will have assistants and volunteers to supervise and help the children paint.

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I am in communication w/ the Jacksonville Zoo now discussing concepts for both murals. They have many different conservation programs, and we are narrowing down which ones in particular that I will spotlight in the mural. My hopes are to bring to attention the courageous efforts of the zoo to conserve our animals and educate our youth! We have already decided that children will be painting 96 elephants, a concept that represents the “96 Elephants” conservation program which serves to save elephants from poachers!



I would love to reach out to all of my friends and family to invite them to participate in this project in any way they may be interested in!
How can you participate?
1. Vote! I will keep everyone updated on facebook and other social media about times for voting during the festival!
2. Donate! Any and every contribution helps towards this project! You can donate at (
3. Volunteer! Volunteers will be needed to help build the walls, help supervise and guide the children while painting at One Spark, and various other parts of the project.
4. Share! Forward this email, and spread the word to your friends, family, and anyone that you think would be interested in the project
5. Sponsor! There are various sponsorship opportunities, and we are open to ideas!

Thank you so much for your time!

Here is the link to my One Spark profile page so you can get more information!

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International Women’s Day

2015: Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity:
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“To be truly transformative, the post-2015 development agenda must prioritize gender equality and women’s empowerment. The world will never realize 100 per cent of its goals if 50 per cent of its people cannot realize their full potential. ”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. Read More here…

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Global Initiative for Girls’ Education

According to a White House press release, the new effort will build on investments the US already has made in global primary school education and expand them to help adolescent girls complete their education. First Lady Michelle Obama is teaming up with the Peace Corps to carry out the initiative, who will recruit and train about 650 additional volunteers to focus specifically on adolescent girls’ access to education. The volunteers will be charged with starting conversations in the communities to figure out what’s keeping girls from school, then working with leaders, parents and the girls themselves to come up with ways to remove those barriers.

“Wherever they live, whoever they are, every girl on this planet has value,” President Obama said when he announced the initiative. “Every girl on this planet deserves to be treated with dignity and equality. And that includes the chance to develop her mind and her talents, and to live a life of her own choosing, to chart her own destiny.”

When girls receive an education, they are more likely to improve their own quality of life as well as the standard of living in their communities. Yet 62 million girls around the world aren’t in school, and attacks on girls who are have been on the rise. These facts persist in a global environment where girls’ education has come to the forefront as a human rights issue and various nations are taking action to get girls into the classroom.

Last year, the world watched as Nigerians took action for over 200 girls who were kidnapped from a school in Chibok by military insurgency group Boko Haram – a group which opposes girls’ education. In Afghanistan, USAID has launched programs to support girls’ education. Nations like Malawi are taking action against child marriage, and advocates like Kakenya Ntaiya are speaking out against the practice that so often disrupts girls’ futures.

In the most recent issue of Ms. magazine, Ntaiya tells her story of escaping child marriage and, ultimately, opening a school for over 150 girls in Enoosaen. “I wanted to see a different future for them,” she said in the piece, “[and] school was the place I could achieve that.” In the same issue, the magazine profiles the film Difret, which is backed by Angelina Jolie and tells the true story of an Ethiopian girl who was kidnapped on her way home from the fifth grade to be forced into child marriage.

Girls Learn International (GLI), a Feminist Majority Foundation program, educates and energizes US students around the global movement for girls’ access to education. GLI pairs its middle and high school chapters in the US with partner schools in 11 countries where girls still lag behind boys in access to education and are far less likely than boys to stay in school past the primary grades. By opening communication between students and managing exchange projects, GLI fosters cultural understanding and fuels activism for girls’ human rights around the world. Taken from

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