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Cannot believe we are already in March... I am not sure if it is because I am trying to accomplish so many different things or it is just how life is... but time is flying by way too fast!!

In January, Brazilian Ananda Nahú was here to paint the kids room at the new YWCA safe house. The mural turned out amazing and I am so honored and proud to be able to be part of this project that means so much to victims of domestic violence in the area.

In February, we hosted an Art Talk with Australian artist Houl at The Commons in Annapolis. The event was organized by Maca and Jeremy Olsen, Thomas James, Patrick McNamara, Darin Michele and myself.

With Brazilian artist Ananda Nahú

This brings me to something I consider very important. How to use art for a cause. As you may have notice, I try to connect all my project to social causes or social engaged organizations. Why?? You may ask... because I truly believe that it is our duty to give back to society... and  if you can do it using something you are passionated about (art), the task becomes a pleasure.

People have different ways of connecting with social causes, but to all the art lovers out there... these are some new (or maybe old...) ideas on how to use ART for a cause.

1. Choose a cause that you feel connected to.

No need to explain this one, right?? Of course you will be more effective if you are connected to the cause that you truly believe on and it will make your efforts more meaningful.

2. Learn about your cause.

Research about your cause. You will find even more reasons to feel awesome about supporting it.

3. Connect with an organization.

Chances are, there is already an organization close to you that works with your cause. Connecting with such an organization will help you achieve your goals much faster.

4. Donate your art.

If you are an artist, donate your art. Most organizations hold events that have actions. They can even use the artwork on their offices or their special spaces. This is a great way to gain exposure and connect with your community.

5. Buy art at Social Organization's auctions.

To all art collectors...or art lovers, make sure you attend these events and buy are at their actions Most of the time you can get the items list before the event.

6. Sponsor an Art Talk

If you are an art affectionate, why not support your local artists by hosting an art talk? It can be done at the comfort of your house, at a public space or even at a school. This is a fabulous way to get to know artists on a personal level.

7. Support locan Galleries

Visit your local galleries. This is a great way to get to now artists that you wouldn't have the chance to connect with and support your local economy.

8. Support local Museums

Every town has a local museum that should be supported. Art and Culture goes hand in hand.

This list could go on and on... but I thing you got the idea, right?

Just go out there and do it!!

Invite your friends, have fun and give back. XOXO Roberta

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