Recently, I've been wanting to help a lot of different organizations, and with the state of the world now, there seemed to be too many good organizations to choose just one. Until recently, I met Whitny Sobala, wife of photographer, John Sobala, who was exhibiting at a show with me in Madison, NJ. In our conversations about the recent election, we ended up talking about her start-up UMEWE, which is an "art and design collaborative founded with the conceptual artist, Uncle Riley, and supports, promotes and disseminates Optimistic 'tools' and works of public art." UMEWE worked together with Uncle Riley and Pantone to develop INT-O YELLOW which aims to promote a new movement in art, "Optimism," and through it "heal depression, end suffering and save lives."
I was amazed at the work they are doing and how much they focus on, beyond depression alone. 100% of their donor contributions go to researchers through awarded grants for advancing the understanding and treatment of ADHD, Anxiety, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, PTSD, Schizophrenia, and other illnesses. Additionally, they are 4-star rated by Charity Navigator.
So in light of the "Optimism" movement, I'm donating 20% of direct sales of art, today, #GivingTuesday, thru the month of December to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. I'm keeping my work positive, for now, and hoping that this helps bring just a little more happiness, both to the collectors of my work, and those struggling with mental illness. And, maybe you'll find me using INT-O Yellow in my art sometime soon. In the meantime, you can explore some of my work in my online shop and add something optimistic to your home!