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Through the eyes of my Guatemalan sons.

  After years of producing films in Guatemala, I saw the country through the eyes of my Guatemalan sons, during our 1st family trip to their birth country. Born through adoption After 15 trips to Guatemala, I was able to see Guatemala through the eyes of my sons, a mirror to my soul. It was […]

Reward is in the Art Itself

David Lee taught a music workshop in Athentikos: I Am Art Fall 2014, and learned that “the reward was the art itself, manifested through the children.” I Am Art Guatemala Fall 2014 was a HUGE success!Athentikos partnered with CMT and Hope for Guatemala to empower at-risk children in Zone 18 of Guatemala City, a red […]

The Sound of the Rain Needs No Translation

Between November 10th and November 15th, I taught a creative writing and painting workshop at Athentikos’ I Am Art camp in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Several artists from the United States banded together, left the comfort of their homes and families, and journeyed into the heart of Zone 18, an area of Guatemala City riddled with violence, […]

Embracing Conflict Amplifies Authenticity

Embracing conflict amplifies authenticity. We spent six months developing the I Am Art curriculum and empowering our artists to leverage it in their art forms. Our goal was to empower these children to see themselves as beautiful art of the I AM, filled with purpose in God’s greater story. We know that many of these children […]

What Do You Want To Do?

I remember that meeting at Panera Bread. Scott and I had been trying to connect for about a year at that point but our mutual friend Major insisted that we had to do it this time. Scott sat across from me at that outside table, sunny day, with few patrons walking in and out of […]

Excited, Nervous, But Mostly Excited to Empower Through Creative Arts

Excited, somewhat nervous, but mostly excited to empower through creative arts. That’s how I would describe my pre-trip status. I am constantly reminding myself that I am not in control, constantly thinking “It’s not about me.” I see evidence all of the time that there is a bigger plan in place and I trust in […]

Cross-Cultural Creative Arts

We’re planning a cross-cultural creative arts project for Guatemala and Tennessee. Julia and I are part of the Fall 2014 Athentikos I Am Art Team. We spent several hours the other day with Scott and Amelia collaborating and brainstorming art projects for our I Am Art workshop. I have been a little overwhelmed with the idea of […]

Creativity Takes Courage

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″] I’m heading to Guatemala again next month! It’s hard to blog something new about my experience and our work with at-risk kids in Guatemala because I feel like I “talk” about it all the time! Yes, Guatemala has become part of our lives. What started as a life-changing journey to adopt […]

Reflections on I Am Art

It’s been several months since returning home from my first trip to Guatemala with the Athentikos team, and I can honestly say that it crosses my mind at least once a day.  I felt very strongly from the moment I learned about this trip that I couldn’t say no to an opportunity like this; an opportunity […]

Am I a Product of My Decisions or Circumstances?

I recently read a quote that said, “I’m not a product of my circumstances, I am a product of my decisions.” That phrase has been like a splinter buried in my skin, constantly irritating and demanding attention. I’ve wrestled with it over and over and tried to figure out why it bothers me. Then, it dawned […]