Creative Art Works

“It’s about helping kids open up to art and other people. It teaches us to let people in and shows us responsibility, leadership, and working together. If we do that, we can really do something.”
— Creative Art Works student

Creative Art Works

Engaging young people through art unlocks their creativity allowing them to trust themselves and take charge of their lives. Empowering young New Yorkers since 1986 through arts programming that incorporates creative expression, academic enrichment, and community engagement to develop life skills that meaningfully shape their futures for the better.

Creative Art Works’ efforts benefit our entire NYC community, addressing poverty, community development, waning arts education, and urban blight in our own back yard.

CAW4Kids is an arts education and youth development organization that improves the lives of more than 5,000 NYC young people each year through the use of the arts.

Thanks to you, a child who might spend her Saturday unattended could discover a life-changing love of design this weekend.

Creative Art Works

March against Monsanto: World rallies in protest LIVE UPDATES — RT News

World stands up against Monsanto: Over 400 cities protest GMOs

Activists from over 400 cities are speaking out against GMOs and are highlighting Monsanto’s, the  GMO giant’s controlling monopoly over the food supply. The third annual ‘March against Monsanto’ protest is taking place in cities around the world. Protesters say Monsanto controls 90 percent of the seed market in the US. Thousands of people across the world have joined together in a global movement, protesting against American biotech giant Monsanto.

Saturday, May 23, 2015 marked the third global annual March Against Monsanto (MAM). According to the organizers, 48 countries were scheduled to participate in a massive global turnout. Buy local grown, organic, free trade, non GMO, healthy sustainable real food. March against Monsanto!

Check out RT’s wrap-up story on global protests against Monsanto and GMO products:

March against Monsanto: World rallies in protest LIVE UPDATES — RT News.

Click here to see a map that shows where the protests are taking place around the globe. A total of 452 rallies have been registered with the MAM organization.

Hundreds of protesters marched on the White House and Monsanto’s Washington, DC headquarters as part of the anti-GMO global protest action against GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) foods and American multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto. Protesters have condemned the company, saying that it controls the global food supply, including 90 percent of the US seed market.. People in New York also seized the opportunity to voice their concerns. Dozens of activists gathered at New York’s Tompkins Square Park, Saturday, to protest against genetically modified food and Monsanto.

Collective Evolution: How You Can Be Change and Make A Difference

If an Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure…Why are you Banking on Cures?

Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Every day, 1,400 kids die from water-related illnesses before they reach their fifth birthday. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We all deserve access to clean water and Charity Water is helping to make that a reality. Your donation will help change that. You can donate here:

Collective Evolution

How You Can Be Change and Make A Difference Water Changes Everything. from charity: water on Vimeo.

#BeChange With Us To Help Bring Clean Water To Those In Need


This Pit Bull with Lipstick Says Stop Preying On Our Kids!

H2O Revival

Energy drinks? Can we really believe that by drinking Gatorade our kids are going to just slam dunk, pitch a no-hitter or tackle harder?  Coca Cola and Pepsi reinvented themselves to capture the multi-billion dollar bottled water business and, although they don’t “trash” their core high fructose, high aspartame products as part of the campaign, they DO mislead us into believing that if we were good moms and dads we’d feed our kids ONLY bottled water. Total Garbage!

Even the U.S. Government has already warned in the “Reducing Environment Cancer Risk” 2008-2009 Cancer Panel report that it is FAR better to drink filtered tap water than commercially bottled water. Apparently we don’t care if we’re feeding them petro in a bottle, if the advertising agencies push our buttons hard enough we’ll put nipples on recycled water bottles and start them out on bottled water from birth. These companies are trying to convince you that the liquid in their product will help you re-hydrate your body after exertion. The rest is history.

This Pit Bull with Lipstick Says “Stop Preying On Our Kids”!

New You’s Co- Executive Editor, Dr. Sharon McQuillan is acknowledged as being at the forefront of aesthetic, anti-aging and regenerative medicine and is committed to educating consumers on these breakthroughs. It’s no wonder then, that Kangen Water was an honorable mention in the Summer 2013 issue of the publication. The article, “Water, Water Everywhere” by Inge Theron identifies water as “the number-one natural weapon in your age-defying beauty bank.” But she also warns that not all water is created equal, and expresses the importance of choosing your water wisely. Home filtration systems from companies such as Japan’s Enagic and their brand, Kangen Water, do a good job in delivering healthy electrolyzed reduced water. Kangen, which means “return to origin,” is also “micro-clustered,” meaning water molecules are reduced in size, which is believed to aid in body absorption. Its biggest fans say that after six weeks of Kangen water, skin glows, nails are longer, teeth appear healthier, hair is lustrous, lips are hydrated, eyes are brighter, and sugar cravings abate.


Global Warming or Not…We’ve Got Huge Problems

Sustainable Alternatives

Our lives truly do begin to end when we remain silent about things that matter. Whether you buy into the global warming theory or not, you have to admit there have been some strange climate changes across the globe in the past few years. From record breaking heat waves and catastrophic droughts to deadly flooding.

If you haven’t been directly impacted by any of these events I wouldn’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet.  One aspect that should be of great concern to all of us  is how these changes may be directly affecting something we can’t live without…our drinking water. I am amazed at the lack of attention we give to hydration.  ALL issues can be made better (if not reversed) just by drinking enough healthy water. 

Global Warming or Not…We’ve Got Huge Problems.

Autism…Finger Pointing and Blame Game. Take Action!

Originally posted on H2O Revival:


A 2012 study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 1 in 88 U.S. children had an autism spectrum disorder — up almost 25 percent from just a few years before. But the rate varied widely, from 1 in 47 in Utah to 1 in 210 in Alabama. Furthermore, the rate of autism on military bases is  consistently and considerably higher than those in a civilian environment.  As you ponder the higher rate of autism per geographic region,  I believe that it’s clear that much of the “blame” should be directed to every day environmental exposure that Mom and Dad may not want to think about.

Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk…What We Can Do Now has a lot to say about environmental exposure.  This study was conducted by NIH in conjunction with the President’s Cancer Panel in 2008/2009.  This study is very telling and very convicting…

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Humans of New York: Vidal’s image helps raise more than $1 million!

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. ~ Frederick Douglass

Boy’s ‘Humans of New York’ image helps raise more than $1 million –

(CNN) “One principal’s inspiration has resulted in more than $1 million in donations for what started as an initiative to raise funding for a class trip to Harvard….#BrownsvilleBrilliance

Humans of New York” creator Brandon Stanton launched the campaign to benefit Mott Hall Bridges Academy, a middle school in Brownsville, Brooklyn, known as a “safe zone in a crime-plagued neighborhood.” The goal of the trip is to broaden students’ horizons and expand their idea of their potential, Stanton wrote on the campaign page.

It took about 45 minutes for an online campaign to raise an initial $100,000.

The campaign evolved from a picture this week on “Humans of New York,” the massively popular photo series of everyday people Stanton meets on the street. The fundraising campaign’s rapid success speaks in part to the reach of “Humans of New York,” which has a social media following of nearly 12 million on Facebook alone. It’s also a testament to the ability of social media to breathe new life into a feel-good story.

The inspirational post featured a picture of a Mott Hall student named Vidal in a housing project in Brownsville. He describes the most influential person in his life, principal Nadia Lopez.

“When we get in trouble, she doesn’t suspend us. She calls us to her office and explains to us how society was built down around us. And she tells us that each time somebody fails out of school, a new jail cell gets built. And one time she made every student stand up, one at a time, and she told each one of us that we matter.”

They discussed how the “Humans of New York” community could help further the school’s vision, Stanton said in a Facebook post. They decided to create a fund to provide each incoming sixth-grade class a chance to get out of their neighborhood and visit Harvard University….

President Obama recently met with Vidal and his principal, Ms. Nadia Lopez of Mott Hall Bridges Academy Read their incredible story:

Photo raises $1.2m to send US pupils to Harvard via @YahooNews
Humans of New York

“On January 19th, I met a young man on the street named Vidal, and I asked him to tell me about the person who had influenced him the most in his life. He told me about his principal, Ms. Lopez, and he explained how she had taught him that he mattered. Over the next two weeks, I learned the story of Ms. Lopez and her school, Mott Hall Bridges Academy. By hearing the stories of MHBA students and educators, my eyes were opened to the unique challenges facing a school in an under-served community. Ms. Lopez taught me that before a student is ready for academic training, they must be made to understand that they deserve success. And that can be the hardest battle in education. Ms. Lopez always said that there was no place her students did not belong. Recently we received an invitation that proved just that.”  ~ Brandon Stanton @HumansOfNY.

This campaign’s scope has expanded as its pot has continued to grow. Initially, it was intended to cover lodging and transportation costs for three Mott Hall classes to make the trip to the Cambridge, Massachusetts, campus. Stanton said that funds raised beyond the initial goal would go toward summer programming for the school.

“Learning stops during the summer for my scholars. We have what is called a ‘summer slide,’ ” Lopez says on the fund-raising campaign page.

“They need a safe place where they can do activities and continue to grow their minds.”

Stanton also posted that because of the campaign’s success, “We are starting a scholarship fund available to the graduates of Mott Hall Bridges Academy. A committee of MHBA educators and administrators will choose the recipients each year.”

The scholarship fund will be named for Vidal, the student who started it all, who will be the fund’s first recipient, Stanton announced.