February 15, 2015
“Lights, Camera, and Positive Action” was the motto for Hollywood Domino, and we can certainly say that with the help of our incredible partners BOVET 1822, we accomplished just that! This year’s benefit, held at the Sunset Boulevard in LA and hosted by Moran Atias, Patricia Arquette, Maria Bello, Adrien Brody, Omar Epps, Daya Fernandez, Ashley Greene, Patrick Grove, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Annalynne McCord, Amaury Nolasco, Pascal Raffy, Gina Rodriguez and Madeleine Stowe, raised over $400k in one night!
From the glittering red carpet, to spectacular performances by Aloe Blacc and Natasha Bedingfield, to the Domino tournament in which our glamourous philanthropists put on their best game faces, the night was the perfect kick-off benefit before the Academy Awards. One of our very own co-hosts, Patricia Arquette, snagged an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Boyhood! Congratulations, Patricia. You inspire us.
We couldn’t be more grateful for everyone who attended and joined the APJ family in giving back to Haiti. The success of the night provided the seed funding for a new scholarship fund for girls, called Brilliant is Beautiful, that will empower our young female students to achieve their dreams through education. Thank you to everyone who made the night an unforgettable success.
See you next year, Los Angeles!
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January 26, 2015
It’s that time of year again: awards season in Los Angeles!
We’re thrilled to announce this year’s incredible Hollywood Domino Charity Soiree presented by Bovet 1822 on February 19th, 2015 at the Sunset Tower Hotel.
Click below to join co-hosts Madeleine Stowe, Patricia Arquette, Adrien Brody and more celebrate our progress in Haiti at one of the most glamorous events of the year.
Do good, have fun. See you there!
December 8, 2014
Empowerment + Education = Progress.
We’ve teamed up with new social enterprise Ediké to create a limited edition run of their beautiful Avanti backpacks. Ediké is creating jobs, paying fair wages, and promoting ethical standards for factory workers in Haiti — and the product speaks for itself. Each backpack is handmade in Haiti and the beautiful design and craftsmanship exemplify Ediké‘s inspiring commitment to the combination of quality, aesthetics, and ethics.
And as if their socially-conscious business model wasn’t enough: for every backpack sold, 50% of the proceeds will be donated to APJ to provide scholarships at the Academy for Peace and Justice. Empowerment and education? Sounds like progress. Be a part of it and buy your new favorite backpack today. #CarryItForward
November 24, 2014
Ready to make a difference? Our New York City office seeks talented, ambitious, and passionate interns for Winter 2015! Help us grow our teams and further our programs in Haiti in education, healthcare, and dignity through the arts. Interning at Artists for Peace and Justice is an excellent opportunity to do good and have fun! Gain hands-on experience in a fast paced, energetic, and creative environment. New positions now available in Development, Digital Media, Graphic Design, Operations, and Social Media. If you’re a bright, motivated multi-tasker eager to learn the ins and outs of working at a nonprofit organization, join us!
Plus, meet our awesome Fall 2014 Interns and get the inside scoop to APJ New York City.
November 19, 2014
Amazing news—musician, actor, and APJ supporter Kevin Jonas will be competing on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” today to help our schools in Haiti!
This famous Jonas brother is all about doing good and having fun. Kevin Jonas has supported Artists for Peace and Justice by launching a Crowdrise campaign sending lucky fans to meet him at our Oscar event, to playing a heated game of dominoes against Jon Hamm and Vanessa Hudgens to raise money for our cause! Now he’s going on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” to have fun and inspire others about the power of education.
The iconic TV game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” is presenting a special “Celebrity Week” where pop icons compete to raise money for charities and meaningful causes they believe in. Check out this exclusive clip with host Terry Crews below:
November 7, 2014
Born in Mumbai, Sonal Gadre-Shintre is our Graphic Designer at Artists for Peace and Justice. With over 7 years of experience in the creative field, Sonal has a strong track record of managing successful branding and advertising campaigns. She also has a strong track record of packing the most exquisite lunches, inspiring jealousy and wonder throughout our APJ New York City office. For the past year, Sonal has been giving creative direction across all aspects of Artists for Peace and Justice design, most recently our beautiful exhibition catalog for Fierce Creativity, featuring works from over 45 top contemporary artists! Sonal is also very interested in typography and has designed her very own font, Arch, saying, “I love new challenges and opportunities and want to continue to be a part of the contemporary movement in art and design.”
I’m an artist for:
communicating stories through design.
I’m driven by:
I’m inspired by:
I hope Haiti:
I believe education can:
make any nation successful.
Ready to make a difference? Join our teams in Haiti, New York, and Toronto!
November 3, 2014
New York City-based pop artist and APJ advisory board member, Peter Tunney, is the epitome of optimism, creativity, and adventure. Using his art to overpower apathy, Peter Tunney creates inspiring large-scale collages using the messages he lives by: “THE TIME IS ALWAYS NOW”, “DON’T PANIC”, and our personal favorite, “GRATTITUDE”. Peter Tunney’s work seriously pops!
Peter Tunney, aka “PT”, has been supporting our work in Haiti from the beginning. A ubiquitous character at nearly every major APJ event, Peter Tunney is sure to make a splash bringing fun, laughter, and creativity wherever he goes.
This week, we were thrilled to have Peter Tunney share his message at the Academy for Peace and Justice. Visiting with the students in the classroom that bears his name, PT and the students spoke for an hour about determination, finding your passion, and the true meaning of life: doing what comes from your heart. Peter’s message to the Academy for Peace and Justice students: Impossible IS possible. For students like ours who are fulfilling their dreams through education, that message is sure to resonate.
Stay tuned for the announcement of an exciting project PT will be bringing to Haiti very soon! Thanks to Peter for sharing his journey and inspiring all of us at APJ.
October 27, 2014
We had the opportunity to spend time with impressive 9th grader Lorry Augustave.
Following her through a typical day at the Academy for Peace and Justice, we hung out with her friends between class, spoke with her teachers, and learned more about Lorry’s story. Later that week, we paid a visit to her neighborhood in Port-au-Prince to see how free access to quality secondary education has created a positive ripple effect, changing Lorry and her entire family’s life for the better.
At fourteen years old, an age when most kids are fretting over braces, crushes, and clothes, Lorry has one thing on her mind: education.
We asked Lorry what APJ meant to her and how school has changed her life. We were pretty blown away by her answer. Lorry replied, “I did not have money to go to school, I found this school and it has changed my life.” It’s that simple.
A voracious reader and curious student, Lorry is like most smart, hard working girls around the world. Her favorite subject is French and she enjoys playing with her friends after school. She has two older brothers and an older sister she looks up to, and a little pet kitten.
The only difference is that Lorry, like 80% of children in Haiti, never expected to attend school past the 6th grade. More than half of Haitian families live in extreme poverty and simply can’t afford to send their children to school, nevertheless high school or college. That’s why we work to make sure every single one of our students receives a full scholarship. When asked what is her favorite thing about attending the Academy for Peace and Justice, Lorry replied, “I would like to know everything, so I’m always excited to come back.”
A couple days later we got the opportunity to go meet Lorry’s family. Her mother Rejeanne works as a saleswoman in the local marketplace and her father Jean is a mechanic and driver. When Lorry gets home from school she helps with a long list of household chores, cleaning clothes, sweeping, peeling fruit, cooking, and feeding chickens.
The best part is watching the way her mother Rejeanne lovingly looks on, tying intricate clips and ribbons in Lorry’s hair and asking about her day at school. She is so proud.
“I want my children to go to school because school is life.” Rejeanne never had the same opportunities as Lorry. We asked if she had the chance to attend high school, she told us, “No, previously it was different for women, and my parents did not have money.” We’re happy to say confidently that no financial obstacles, political obstacles, or gender barriers will keep Lorry from the education that she, and every girl and boy, so deserves.
That’s why we believe so deeply in the power of education to create long-term, sustainable change. Over the past five years we’ve watched the positive ripple effect progress and expand. Our students are becoming leaders among their friends and role models in their communities, an example of what’s possible when we invest in the future in Haiti.
We asked Rejeanne how she’s witnessed the ways education has changed her daughter Lorry, to which she replied, “Completely.” Our model is simple: we believe in empowering local communities, fostering economic growth, and the power of education to change a nation.
Join APJ, Lorry, and the Augustave family on this journey together!
October 23, 2014
Amazing week at Pace Gallery! Artists for Peace and Justice gathered close friends from the art world and Hollywood to open the second edition of FIERCE CREATIVITY, a four-day selling exhibition featuring work from 45+ leading contemporary artists who are committed to extraordinary impact. Curated by Chuck Close and Jessica Craig-Martin, every piece of artwork in the collection is poised to change lives: 100% of proceeds from the exhibition will benefit Artists for Peace and Justice.
View the entire FIERCE CREATIVITY catalogue online and visit the exhibition in person October 22-25, 2014 on view at New York City’s Pace Gallery.
Guests included APJ Board Member Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor, Catherine Keener, Sting & Trudy Styler, Griffin Dunne, Josephine Meckseper, Yvonne Force Villareal, Fabiola Beracasa-Beckman, Casey Fremont Crowe, Charlotte Kidd, Peter Tunney, Agnes Gund, Nemo Librizzi, Loan Chapanol, Max Osterweis, Michael Avedon, Matilde Carli, Nicholas Graham, Vikram Chatwal, Lex Fenwick, Marc Glimcher, Stacy Engman, Julian Lethbridge, Gabriella Wright, Carter Lay, Jackson Rathbone, Jody Durst, Chelsea Seltzer and Theo Rosenblum, and Tali Lennox among many others.
Says FIERCE CREATIVITY curator Jessica Craig-Martin, “It would not have been possible for me to ask people to contribute if I did not believe in the effectiveness of Artists for Peace and Justice and in the new template it brings to the charity world. These artworks are the fuel for a simple but powerful weapon: education. It is a cause that I believe all artists should be involved in, as there are none of us who could refute every child’s right to a good and free education.”
October 17, 2014
We’re thrilled so many talented friends are joining us in New York City next week to celebrate FIERCE CREATIVITY, running October 22-25, 2014 at Pace Gallery.
“The spirit of Artists for Peace and Justice is more alive than ever, APJ began in my living room years ago with a different group of artists: writers, actors, and activists from the Hollywood community who stepped up to stand in solidarity with Haiti by committing their time and money for change. FIERCE CREATIVITY adds a whole new family of artists to the movement.”
With 100% of proceeds from the exhibition benefitting Artists for Peace and Justice, each piece of artwork in the collection is poised to change lives. APJ would like to highlight eight of the forty five participating artists who have united for action by generously donating a major artwork to our collection. Curated by Chuck Close and Jessica Craig-Martin, discover works below by the curators themselves, plus Damien Hirst, Michael Craig-Martin, Adam McEwen, Jackie Saccoccio, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Zhang Huan.
“It would not have been possible for me to ask people to contribute if I did not believe in the effectiveness of Artists for Peace and Justice and in the new template it brings to the charity world,” says FIERCE CREATIVITY curator Jessica Craig-Martin. These artworks are the fuel for a simple but powerful weapon: education. It is a cause that I believe all artists should be involved in, as there are none of us who could refute every child’s right to a good and free education.”
October 14, 2014
Happy October! We’re excited to announce that the Academy for Peace and Justice has officially opened for Fall 2014 with 2,600 students, bringing us even closer to our goal of serving 3,000 students by 2016. On our latest trip to the Academy of Peace and Justice, Headmaster Antoine Edy, shared with us why he is so excited for this new school year:
“When I go back to school I am very happy. The most exciting thing is seeing all the kids, especially the new faces!”
Antoine Edy has been our Headmaster at the Academy for Peace and Justice since the very beginning, when all we had was a piece of land and a dream to build a free high school for the very poor. Before APJ, Headmaster Edy worked as a Spanish teacher at another secondary school in Haiti that was tragically destroyed by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in 2010.
“We have many very hardworking students.” says Headmaster Edy, and he’s right! APJ schools are excellent. 95% of Academy students passed Haiti’s national exams with flying colors for the past two years in a row!
Headmaster Edy is a positive role model to our students, a friendly face on campus, and central community member. He believes in the power of education to change a nation—and so do we!
“Please help us to continue to grow as our students grow,” says Headmaster Edy. “Each day discovering the joy and pride that comes with acquiring knowledge. Knowledge that will allow them to truly change their world, to endow them with the dignity and the tools to remake and rebuild their country.”
October 7, 2014
45+ top contemporary artists. Four days. Extraordinary impact. Opening October 22, 2014 at Pace Gallery, FIERCE CREATIVITY is a selling exhibition benefitting Artists for Peace and Justice. We are blown away by the enormous talent and artistic vision of our curators and 49 participating artists and their commitment to education as a fundamental human right. APJ Advisory Board Members and curators of FIERCE CREATIVITY, meet Chuck Close and Jessica Craig-Martin.
“When every kid on the block wanted to become a policeman or fireman, I wanted to be an artist. It was the first thing that I was good at, the first thing that really made me special. I had skills the other kids didn’t have,” says Chuck Close in his biography Up Close (1998). “Art saved my life.”
Chuck Close is a visual artist noted for his highly inventive techniques used to paint the human face, and is best known for his large-scale, photo-based portrait paintings. He is also an accomplished printmaker and photographer whose work has been the subject of more than 200 solo exhibitions in more than 20 countries, including major retrospective exhibitions at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid and most recently at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. An award winning artist, Mr. Close was presented with the prestigious National Medal of Arts by President Clinton in 2000. Close is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was appointed by President Obama to serve on The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
“For us Artists for Peace and Justice is different,” say Craig-Martin and Close in the FIERCE CREATIVITY Catalog’s opening letter. “We’ve both been directly involved in APJ and know the work first hand. APJ is focused on results. There’s no big bureaucracy and no exorbitant administrative costs. At APJ we see vital schools that grow each year with more buildings, improved programs and increased scholarships.”
Jessica Craig-Martin has been a professor of photography at the School of Visual Arts for 10 years. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The New Museum, New York, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid. Her editorial photography has been featured in publications including Vogue, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, The New Yorker, Self Service, The New York Times Magazine, Purple, NOWNESS, Italian Vogue, and Bald Ego. She is currently writing a book about her experiences growing up in the art worlds of New York and London.
“Our actions today, in this bold new world, require us more than ever to act together, to use our voices and our talents to help usher progress and solutions forward. We must do so quite fiercely, if we are to make a real difference.”
Please join Chuck Close, Jessica Craig-Martin, and Artists for Peace and Justice on October 22, 2014 for the opening reception of FIERCE CREATIVITY at New York City’s Pace Gallery.