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The Big Picture

Amelia and I spoke with a contact in Guatemala this afternoon via skype to begin logistical planning for our trip in January. I am thrilled to live in a time where we are blessed with technology to help us communicate and work. The concept of using a computer to call someone in a different country […]

Making Lemonade

We’re all familiar with the idiom, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. But what do you do when life gives you lemonade? For the students in Emily Litsey’s high school art class, the answer is to sell the lemonade and donate the proceeds to Athentikos. For the last four years, this group has raised […]

Pre-Trip Anxiety

Courtney Noya traveling with Athentikos I AM ART

If you are reading this blog, then I hope it means that you’re interested in an I AM ART creative arts mission trip. I’m not saying you must be 100% committed to going in order to read this. In fact, even if there’s only 1% of you right now that thinks it might be a good […]

Full Lives, Full Hearts

The following blog was written by Courtney Smalley. Courtney has been working with our partner organizations to gather interviews from the children about their experiences with I AM ART camp.  A few weeks ago staff members of our partner organization, Vidas Plenas, asked their students what they learned in the I AM ART camp held […]

Impact – Oasis 2016

Corbey Dukes, Director of Oasis

We’re grateful to partner with organizations like Kids Alive’s Oasis in Guatemala, a ministry that seeks healing and restoration for girls who have been rescued from abuse. Oasis Director, Corbey Dukes shares his perspective about the impact of I AM ART in the video above. Special thanks to Emily Tuttle for the video footage & […]

Follow the Light

About 3 months ago, I wrote a blog for Athentikos reflecting on my I AM ART trip to Oasis in November of 2016. I talked about the amazing time I had and how difficult it was to come back to the United States and have to say good-bye to all of the wonderful people I […]

Meeting Maribel

This week we’ve got a story from someone very special: Maribel*, a beautiful young woman at Oasis Home for Girls. Maribel and the other girls at Oasis were sent there by the Guatemalan court system after suffering sexual or physical abuse in their homes, or being forced into child labor. Most of the girls arrive […]

Something Changed Forever

  The following blog was written by one of Athentikos’s volunteers and workshop leaders, Kati Korosuo.  Going to Guatemala had been hunting me for about 13 years, until last summer (2016) I finally made it there. I spent five weeks in the country teaching Dances to a Beat (DTB), a dance technique I’ve developed myself, […]

Celebrations, Diarrhea, Prison, and Awe

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] In January 2008, our lives were changed. We celebrated New Years in Guatemala with our family, and then received our son Elliot on Amelia’s birthday (Jan 2). It was awe-inspiring to celebrate this trilogy of milestones with our family in such an incredibly beautiful place! [/vc_column_text][mk_gallery images=”8325,8326,8327,8328,8330,8324,8333,8331,8329″ height=”150″][vc_column_text] Fast forward a week … Our family returned […]