DAA April 2019 Update

DAA Final Exhibition Party

DAA Final Exhibition Party

DAA Cake Decorating Workshop

DAA Cake Decorating Workshop

Global Giving little x little campaign YouMeWe is raising funding for the Designing Artists Academy through GlobalGiving, which is a 501c tax-deductible world-wide fundraising site. From Monday April 8 (9:00:00 ET) - Friday April 12 (23:59:59 ET), GlobalGiving will match donations up to $50 at 50% with a maximum of $50,000 in matching funds and $5,000 in bonus prizes if we are one of 5 projects that raise the most funds. We will also be awarded an additional 10% match on donations due to that we have achieved Superstar status on Global Giving. If you are considering donating to our Designing Artist Academy, please take advantage of this Little by Little Campaign and donate through Global Giving during the above dates. Thank you. https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/designing-artists-academy/

DAA Planning Update DAA founding camp director Miho Walker (residing in Australia) and YouMeWe NPO founder Michael Clemons (residing in Tokyo) visited three of the children's homes (orphanages) participating in DAA this year. Each home is looking forward to the relaunch of DAA. Please see below for supportive comments regarding DAA we received from each children’s home. Miho and Michael also visited Miraikan Taimei, the DAA camp venue located in Ikebukuro, to meet with the venue director and to inspect all of the rooms to be used for the camp. 

Miraikan Taimei

Miraikan Taimei

DAA Venue DAA will take place at Miraikan Taimei (in Ikebukuro), which is a former school. We will lease out the entire third floor which consists of 4 classrooms, 2 orientation rooms and a staff room, with ample space for 40 children to participate in art workshops in the morning and various other art, music, dance, and  cooking classes in the afternoon. The children will also be provided with a mid-morning snack, bento for lunch, and a mid afternoon snack for their bus ride back to the children's homes (orphanages). 

We are also partnering with the Youth Impact Project of Hands on Tokyo who are helping us by recruiting international student volunteers from Waseda University to help organise and to volunteer at our camp.

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CURRENT DETAILS This year’s theme is Stories of TokyoKids exhibit the heART of their city. The children will share what Tokyo means to them in their own unique narrative. They will see first hand how each of our stories connects us – through tears, anger, laughter, and hope. 

  1. We are in touch with 5 children’s homes: Port Kanegaya, Kiyose Kodomono Ie, St. Josephs, Tokyo Katei Gakko, and Matsubaen.

  2. We will finalise our booking for the camp venue, “Miraikan Taimei,” this month.

  3. We are fundraising through Global Giving. Global Giving will hold a “Little by Little campaign in which they will match all donations up to $50 at 50%.

  4. We will start fundraising through Japanese fundraising site Readyfor, which we will launch on April 11 and continue fundraising through Readyfor for 90 days. On April 11 we will upload our fundraising page in Readyfor onto our homepage and all of our social media sites. Any funding we can receive would be deeply appreciated, as Readyfor is an all-or-nothing fundraising site, and therefore we DEFINITELY need to hit our target of $5,000 by the end of the 90 days in order to be able to receive funding.

  5. The camp will be August 12 - August 20th 2019 (weekdays only), 9:30-3pm daily.

  6. We have started reaching out to artists and volunteers to teach/assist at DAA.