Artists Helping Haiti

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News of the 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti yesterday is barely 24 hours old, and already I have to turn away from reports -- they're too difficult to read, and hear, and watch.  As a native of another Caribbean island, Trinidad, this news feels very close to home. In the same way that someone from Texas might deeply feel the misfortune befalling citizens of the neighbouring state of Louisiana (Katrina, anyone?), those of us from the Caribbean are deeply moved by any catastrophe that a neighbouring island suffers.  I feel helpless. As an artist, I wonder how I can help.

Image: Chookooloonks.com

Image: Chookooloonks.com

As it happens, I'm not the only artist who is trying to figure out ways to provide aid to the citizens of Haiti -- and so, today, I thought I'd share some of the online musings and relief efforts being undertaken by some of my fellow artists:

Karen Michel is trying to mobilize her readers in donating to various relief causes.  She provides a list of organizations accepting donations.  cSd Art and Illustration has also listed several aid organizations.

Push Gallery is offering an original painting for sale, the proceeds of which will be donated to Edeyo, specifically for earthquake relief.  The painting is entitled "of plenty," and was inspired by homelessness in the United States -- and yet, it seems very fitting, given the circumstances.

Photographer Karla Bravo is offering photo sessions for only $100 on Kauai's south shore, with 100% of proceeds going towards Haiti earthquake relief efforts.  Fantastically generous, and you get a set of photos.  You can't beat that!

And in addition, Vanessa De Lacy is also offering to donate 50% of the proceeds from the sale of art in her Etsy store to the Red Cross for earthquake relief.  Her images are lovely, and I've already purchased one for myself.

So, I suppose if there's one good thing that comes out of a tragedy such as this, it's that it allows us to see the kindness and generosity of the human spirit as we help those in need.  If you're an artist who is doing something to help (or know of one who is), please leave links in the comments below.  We'd love to see the creative ways we can help.

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Karen Walrond is a writer and photographer in Houston, Texas. Read/See more of her life at www.chookooloonks.com

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