As I mentioned earlier, I got the book Quilting for Peace from the library. It’s full of resources for people who want to quilt as a way of sharing their love with others. This post comes in two parts: resources for those of you (and me) who may be interested in crafting, particularly in activist or charitable ways; my rededication to and explanation of my hopes and dreams in this realm.
First, the resources, a very incomplete list of organizations and individuals, causes and complaints that can be served through arts and crafts (creating or purchasing). I’m not sure how to organize the list, so I”m just going to start with some stuff from Quilting for Peace (by no means all the groups or ideas from the book, just some that have websites up) and then continue with other things I’ve found. Maybe I’ll make it more organized later or something. Mostly, use these as starting points for your own research and creativity. Find local organizations to give to (shipping costs a lot), make sure you know about the credibility of a group before giving to them, and all that kind of stuff.
Well, I suppose that’s enough for now. If you find that some of the links aren’t helpful or whatever, let me know so I can fix them. I’ll be adding more, too, just not right now.
Now for the rededication part, briefly for now. For years, I have had a dream of starting an arts nonprofit, possibly internationally, possibly within the US, to bring art to kids who don’t get it because of poverty, etc. and use their art to raise awareness of their situations, and maybe even raise money to help them. I want to do more than give people stuff (of course, this is very needed work, too, and work I participate in frequently); I want to serve kids and help them help their communities. If you have any ideas, suggestions, contacts, etc. that may be even slightly helpful, as ill-defined as this plan is currently, I would really appreciate your input. I’ll add more details later; I’m trying to come up with a plan and really decide what I want to do.