Hello friends, family, and friendly strangers!
This year for my birthday I wanted to do something different...something collectively as a community. My life has been so influenced by expression through art. I am who I am in large part because of the exploration, the imagination, and often times, the therapy art has provided for me. I have been lucky enough to be able to experiment with my imagination through dance, music, acting, and mostly recently, writing. The past year and a half I have been working on a children's book with an incredibly talented illustrator from the Philippines (who recently got married!) about cherishing and celebrating our differences. As I begin to dive into the self-publishing stages of this children's book, I need help to get there! Not only has my illustrator graciously given her time and talents which I would like to financially provide for...I also need help with the initial production costs of printing!
I don't want this year's birthday to be only about me. I believe the voice of our youth yearns for creative expression. I believe art and freedom of expression contribute to a healthy lifestyle. I have grown a huge heart for wanting all kids, despite their means of living, to have access to this kind of exploration. I would like to donate a percentage of book sales to a youth+arts foundation who's mission aligns with my own. (I have already picked the foundation but would like to keep it anonymous so as to make the donation a surprise! But a bit about the foundation I've chosen: This foundation provides art classes/camps to kids from low income families in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles. They also provide workshops across the country as well as internationally. The foundation was created by a peer who I've respected and admired both as a dancer and actress. Her journey and resilience in this industry motivate me to keep pushing forward. And she recently got engaged!)
Please consider contributing to this birthday campaign! No amount is too small or too large! I am eternally grateful for your love and look forward to showing how your contributions will make so many kids happy!