“I loved seeing how invested everyone was in sharing their stories and passions through art. We couldn’t connect through language, and we didn’t fully understand each other’s backgrounds, but we could all value what was expressed through drawings.” –Megan, Student Participant, 2013 Youthlinc Guatemala Expedition
Mondo Art Project (MAP), a passion project created by Mondo Fine Art, connects children around the world through the universal language of art. MAP gives a voice to children from many countries and cultures by offering them a chance to share their stories through their drawings.
MAP joins schools and nonprofits on humanitarian expeditions and facilitates art exchanges between children in different countries. We encourage children to make to engage in a cultural exchange through drawings, paintings, and collages, which we then deliver to children in other countries. Visual art has the power to convey emotions and ideas, creating meaningful connections while transcending language barriers.
Our volunteers also coordinate art projects with local schools and artists —murals and other community collaborations—to engage children and add an important cultural element to other crucial services provided by our partners. These projects spark dialogue and enrich experiences for visitors and locals alike.
With the help of our partners and donors, MAP has conducted successful art exchanges with many countries, including Uganda, Cambodia, Nepal, Thailand, Peru, Guatemala, Kenya, Colombia, Ecuador, Madagascar, Mexico, and Vietnam. We also work with refugee communities in Salt Lake City, Utah, to foster a sense of cultural connection for displaced children.
“I’ve loved working with the Mondo Art Project, and seeing the human connections it creates. Children hold art pieces that were sent to them from children across the globe. They see connections & commonalities– similar huts, smiling faces, flowers & families. They connect with their own stories, hopes & dreams, creating art for children in another part of the world. These connections make the world a more simple & sweet place.” – Miriam Kramer, Youthlinc International Service Director
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