Guatemala is a large country with a large problem: there is next no access to art education. This forces the creative people and artists to hone their craft from YouTube and on the internet, as there is nowhere they can go to learn and share their art face to face. As adult colourists we all know how art in its many forms serves to enrich and better the lives of many in all kinds of ways, from stress reduction to emotional development, so it's a huge shame that the people of Guatemala are restricted in this outlet for their talents.
Kaleb Olsen, an avid traveler from the USA, landed in Xela (the second largest city in Guatemala) and realised he could not move on from this beautiful part of the world without trying to set up a sustainable and much-needed place for its young inhabitants to come and learn about art and all its benefits. He also wanted to give local artists somewhere to showcase their work and finally present their talent to the world.
Firstly, Kaleb and his cohorts (otherwise known as the Xela Collective) created a colouring book, Color Me Guatemala, featuring the amazing work of over 30 young artists from the country. 100% of the profits go into building a dedicated community space in Xela for people to go for experience and education in art.
This on its own of course isn't enough to undertake such a large and costly project, so the Xela Collective have created a Kickstarter campaign to help them achieve their mission. Their target is $20,800 of which they have currently reached $3,418, so they desperately need your help! A second colouring book is in the works, which is among the plentiful rewards you can claim if you pledge. Click the image below to read more and help fund an amazing project.