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Art’s Influence on Society

A common feeling that many people struggle with is little sense of community, or being disconnected from the world around them. This is where art forms of all types can come in. Social movements allow people to come together for a common cause, and doing so through art can have a greatly beneficial impact on a person’s perspective. Today, social media allows these movements to reach far and wide, and combining these efforts with art can have a lasting positive outcome.

With their talents, artists of all kinds have the power to evoke emotion, challenge societal norms, and change individuals’ perspectives, addressing all kinds of issues. These can be anything like animal rights, immigration, sexism, or war. A common argument is that politicians or members of the government that attempt to tackles these issues are often peripheral to the case. Artists that are normal, everyday citizens are much more central, effectively reaching and engaging a wider audience that is more likely to contribute to their cause.

A great example of social movement through art is Mix’d Ingrdnts. This all-female dance group from Oakland, California was started by Jenay Anolin and Samara Atkins to defy the implications that dance groups are a predominantly male area of arts. Anolin stated, “I feel that women have a capability to express themselves through their movement, but it doesn’t have to be degrading.” Through the power of social media, this group has been able to attract and teach classes in the Bay Area of California, inspiring more and more women to join their movement.

Art has played a large role in political protest as well. In order for social activism to truly have an impact, creativity is key. One could argue that certain cave drawings dating back to the earliest instances of man could be considered graffiti, and therefore some form of protest. Artists attempt to bring attention to an issues in a new, and exciting way to inspire people who may have otherwise disregarded the topic altogether.

Music, dance, illustrations, and designs of all types can aim to produce knowledge within a group of protestors, or convey that knowledge to outside parties in an attempt to gain more followers. The more attractive the art form is, the bigger impact this form of protest may have on the issue at hand. The more well-known the platform from which it is coming from also plays a large role. Famous musicians for example, may do so through songs, or artists through paintings. Those with more power than others have a better chance of inspiring more in joining their cause.

 
For those who wish to start their own social movement through art, decide on an issue that you feel passionate about, and apply your artistic skills to that issue, utilizing social media along the way. All it takes is a little bit of time and effort to show others that you care enough about a certain cause to want to make a change, and they may be inspired to contribute as well.

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The Greater Impact of Recycling

Recycling is an action that is encouraged on a daily basis, but little people understand the impact it has on the world around us. For a truly beneficial change to take place, knowledge of how recycling can better our environment should be spread far and wide, allowing individuals to understand how even the smallest actions can make big differences.

One of the most obvious advantages of recycling is reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills. Trash that is not biodegradable can end up staying in landfills for many years, emitting harmful gases that can damage the ozone. The more waste that begins to build over time, the more pollutants exposed to the environment, causing a great deal of air pollution. By choosing to recycle your empty water bottles, you can avoid adding to the already existing problem of overused landfills in the United States, and successfully decrease levels of pollution.

Another impact that might not be well known is that recycling can effectively reduce levels of energy consumption. Companies that use recycled materials, like Green Toys and The ReCycle for example, require much less energy in building their products. The process of cutting down trees for paper, then throwing that paper in a standard trash bin is a large waste of resources, as paper can easily be recycled and reused. This leads to more trees being harvested for their resources, thus requiring higher levels and use of energy.

A cutback on costs is yet another benefit that recycling can offer. As mentioned, cutting down more trees when there is already enough paper in a landfill to be recycled for hundreds of other products is a huge waste of time and money. People oftentimes find that they are able to save money recycling in many different ways. For example, rather than throwing out that glass plate that shattered on the kitchen floor, turn it into your next art project. Instead of burning a pile of leaves during Fall, turn them into compost for a flourishing flower bed or garden. The more money individuals are able to save, the more likely they are to continue recycling, leading to a much larger impact on the environment.

The act of recycling can build strong bonds in communities, groups, friends, and family as well. Groups of people who come together to pick up waste alongside a local road, or collect trash from the public to recycle themselves, a stronger sense of community can manifest. Not only can this lead to a larger effort in recycling in your local area, but it can teach children the importance of it, thus leading to the continuation for generations to come.

 
Recycling is known to be a great way to contribute to the betterment of our environment. Understanding how it can do so is important in order to encourage more and more people to take part in this action, and make a greater impact on the world. The more communities that actively begin to pay attention to their waste habits, the safer, and healthier we can make our environment.

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How to Support Local Businesses

Small Business Week was first introduced by President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Since then, every single president has given their signature recognizing the decree. Communities depend on their local businesses to thrive and build their reputations, and in turn, grow their economies. Because of this, choosing family-owned restaurants, small clothing stores, and independent workers of all kinds is key in not only helping your community, but supporting those driven enough to do what they love and give back.

Buy from local grocers

Having to buy groceries every week can be tedious and time consuming for many people, so why not support the local farmers and grocers who provide these goods directly? By putting your money towards these hardworking business owners, you are effectively putting that money back into the community. As an added bonus, the foods you purchase at local grocers may be surprisingly more delicious than you’d expect.

Dine locally

If you’re looking to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner out on the town, consider your community’s family-owned restaurants rather than large chains. The quality of the food tends to be much better, the atmosphere is more accommodating, and the service is greatly improved due to a higher level of appreciation for patronage. Local restaurants depend almost solely on members of their community to stay afloat. Though tourists may come and go, the business of those who do not actually live within a reasonable distance cannot be relied upon for smaller restaurants. Do your part within your community and grab a bite at local restaurants.

Spread the word

There is perhaps no better way to support your local businesses than by telling anyone and everyone about them. Now with the powers of social media, this strategy has been made easier than ever. Visit the Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, Instagram accounts, and much more of any business that has such, and share it with your friends. The internet allows the possibility for these businesses’ names to reach far and wide, leading to a potential increase in traffic, or even sales.

Another, more important way of spreading the word is passing on the values of supporting local businesses to younger generations. This can continue to the success of your community’s small businesses, as well as spark a potential entrepreneur to start a small business of their own.

 
Local businesses should be greatly appreciated by those within their communities as means of keeping them thriving, relevant, and unique. For people who wish to contribute, this year’s Small Business Week begins April 30th, and lasts until May 6th.

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The Best Non-Profits for Poverty

Poverty alleviation is among the most popular causes in charity today. As of 2015, 43.1 million people were in poverty, 24.4 million of which were between the ages of 18 and 64. Even worse, an astounding 14.5 million members of that grim statistic were children under the age of 18. Now in the year 2017, poverty is still a serious issue. However, there are an enormous number of organizations doing their part to end it altogether. Below are just a few non-profits that have made an impact not in just in the United States, but around the world as well.

Mercy Corps

This organization strives to alleviate poverty, suffering, and oppression in countries around the world by helping people build communities rather than simply handing them food or clothing. Mercy Corps does their part amid natural disasters, extreme poverty, and communities that may suffer from instability in order to motivate those who have the capability of overcoming these hardships. Working in more than 35 countries, Mercy Corps has raised $1.5 billion for 106 nations since 1979.

Feeding America

As the United States’ largest hunger-relief charity, Feeding America is responsible for providing food for more than 25 million Americans every year. They have over 200 food banks serving all 50 states, in addition to providing both the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Kiva

Taking a different approach to charity, Kiva attempts to connect people through lending in order to end poverty in areas affected. This is the first person-to-person microlending site, and as such, have paved the way for innovation in philanthropy by empowering people to donate directly to individual entrepreneurs in developing countries.

The Hunger Project

Committed to ending world hunger, The Hunger Project is based in Africa, Asia, and Latin America where programs are taught (primarily to women) on how to empower yourself as well as others. The ultimate goal is to establish self-reliance. People who are able to meet their own basic needs, teach their children how to do the same, and improve upon this foundation are much more likely to end poverty in their country of origin than large sums of food being sent over from other nations.

Meals on Wheels Association of America

One of the more popular food-based non-profits in the United States, the Meals on Wheels Association of America is dedicated to serving senior citizens and people with disabilities who may be unable to obtain food themselves, while also building relationships between their clients and volunteers. With each meal costing roughly $6, the organization relies heavily on donations.

With that said, to do your part in any of these great non-profits fighting poverty, visit the links below, and give what you can.

Mercy Corps

Feeding America

Kiva

The Hunger Project

Meals on Wheels

How to Start Your Own Charity

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It’s become an increasingly popular trend for people previously involved in larger companies to begin their own businesses, especially since the recession. While lots of these start-ups are for-profit organizations, there are also plenty of new non-profits out there as well. People feel passionate about many different causes, and want to do something that really makes a difference. Maybe you’re wondering how you can start a charity for a cause you care about and what is the best way to go about doing so. Here’s a short guide with some highlights of important information to know before starting your own charity.

Pick your passion

The first step you’ll need to take is deciding what cause you want to focus on with your charity. Make a list of what you’re passionate about and then decide which one you’ll feel the best donating lots of time, money, and effort to in the upcoming months and years. Pick a cause that you believe you can make an actual difference in and pursue that as the focus of your charity.

Plan what you’ll need

Once you’ve chosen a cause, figure out what you’ll need for your charity to succeed. A lot goes into starting a charity, so you should figure out what materials you’ll need, how you plan to utilize social media and get the word out, who’s going to help run it, and where it’ll be located. When you’ve figured out all these details, you can start making your charity a reality.

Figure out legal issues

There are a lot of small legal details to take care of when you start running your own charity. You should make sure you’re properly registered as a charity and have an official status. Also know if volunteers or employees of your organization need to have background checks or certain clearances before they become involved with your cause.

Figure out financial issues

One of the most important issues when starting a charity is understanding the intricacies of taxes and other financial reporting so you don’t have any legal problems down the road. Here’s a guide that best explains how to properly handle taxes. It’s also vital that you know how you’ll be funding your charity, so decide how much of your personal funds will be going into it, whether you’ll have donors, and if fundraising is a good option for your organization.

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Why You Should Contribute to Environmental Conservation

Caring for the environment does not require you to be an avid protester or activist. Small everyday things that you choose to do throughout the day can have a positive impact on our world. Some examples are choosing to recycle, cleaning up litter, and conserving water or electricity. These simple tasks could pave the way for future eco-conscious decisions made by those around you on a daily basis, leading to strides in the conservation of our world.

A Clean Environment means Clean Living

With little attention paid to making eco-friendly decisions, things like smoking, driving cars that run on fossil fuels, and engaging in agricultural activities can all contribute to air pollution. This can cause respiratory diseases, and even cancer in human beings. Sewage, littering, and waste in general can all cause water pollution as well, which is responsible for 1 out of every 5 deaths among children under the age of 5 worldwide. Some ways you can help in lowering levels of air and water pollution include conserving energy, carpooling, avoiding throwing trash anywhere other than trash cans, and participating in local clean-up groups.

Protect our Wildlife

Pollution of all kinds can poison soils, waterways, and air, killing all kinds of plants and animals. One of the most common causes of pollution-related death in animals is the consumption of plastic. Each year, over 1 million birds and mammals are killed from ingesting plastic, most of which ends up in our oceans. This stresses the importance of recycling, and never littering, as definitive evidence has proven that doing so directly affects wildlife in an extremely negative way. Oil spills from ships and mining facilities also greatly harm the environment and surrounding animals.

Much like us as human beings, air pollution and the exposure to contaminants harms animals all over the world. By poisoning their food and water sources, things like acid rain, carbon dioxide, and fluctuations in air quality can all lead to the deaths of animals. Even insects directly affect the natural course of the food chain. With either increased or decreased levels of air pressure, insects are forced to relocate, eliminating a source of food for those that feed on them, and affecting plants that rely on their maintenance.

Conserve our Trees

Excess carbon dioxide produced by factories increases the global climate, affecting countless environments. Trees are Mother Nature’s solution to that problem, as they absorb CO2, filtering and releasing clean oxygen back into the air. As natural sources of shade, trees can also reduce temperatures in cities, streets, and neighborhoods by up to 10 degrees fahrenheit, conserving energy by eliminating the high demand for air conditioning. The benefits of trees go on and on, showing their importance among our ecosystem.

Moral Obligation

Lastly, it is our moral obligation as human beings to protect and conserve the environment that we were given. We owe our existence to the living world that we share with plants and animals, and to treat it negatively would be foolish. To turn the other cheek on environmental conservation is to deny the life-creating processes of the world. For more ideas on how you can help, visit IdeasForUs.org.

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Animal Charities that Truly Give Back

With countless organizations devoting their efforts to the betterment of animals, it’s difficult to find a charity that makes the best use of your donations. While you may intend for your money to go to a good cause, certain percentages may be going elsewhere, like the pocket of a corporate mogul, for example. However, thanks to CharityWatch compiling a list of the most effective animal charities, you can now contribute to the causes of those who truly mean well.

Animal Welfare Institute

With 96% of their financial expenditure going directly to the programs they take part in, the Animal Welfare Institute has rightfully been given an A+ by CharityWatch. This charity’s initiative involves everything from the prevention of animal cruelty, to taking part in the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species, as well as abolishing factory farms and animal experimentation.

Friends of Animals

This non-profit organization has facilitated more than 2.5 million procedures with their spay/neuter program as a contribution to nationwide breeding prevention. 87% of their earnings go into their efforts, earning them an A on CharityWatch, which include the Chimpanzee Refuge Project, Wildlife Law Program, and ending forms of entertainment involving animal abuse like circuses, bull-riding, and rodeos.

The Marine Mammal Center

Teaching communities about the relationship between humans and marine animals, this charity reaches approximately 30,000 people through their educational programs per year. In the past 40 years, they have rescued over 18,000 marine mammals, most of which being threatened by possible endangerment. 78% of their donations are put to good use through the conservation of elephant seals, whales, sea lions, dolphins, and much more.

Humane Farming Association

With over 250,000 members dedicating their time to the abolishment of factory farming, this organization is currently the only charity able to put forth legislation against animal cruelty through the Human Farming Action Fund. Protecting farm animals from abuse, 82% of their earnings go toward their programs and activities. They are also the operators or Suwanna Ranch; the world’s largest farm animal refuge.

D.E.L.T.A. Rescue

Leo Grillo led the charge for this admirable organization starting in 1979, as he personally rescued every single one of the dogs and cats lucky enough to cross paths with him. An acronym for the Dedication and Everlasting Love To Animals, this charity has two veterinary hospitals and a full-time staff on the premises, and is a “No-Kill, Care-For-Life” sanctuary.

To donate to all of these truly beneficial organizations, see here:

http://bit.ly/2fMUuBV – D.E.L.T.A. Rescue

http://bit.ly/1pESzwa – Humane Farming Association

http://bit.ly/2egnzEW – The Marine Mammal Center

http://bit.ly/2egqiOv – Friends of Animals

http://bit.ly/18z8CVK – Animal Welfare Institute

The Importance of Art in Education

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With the progression of education throughout the years, more and more schools have been cutting fine arts programs due to shrinking budgets, state mandates increasing classrooms’ curriculums, and the notion that arts are not beneficial in learning. However, it has been proven time and time again that children who are exposed to music, art, drama, and other fine arts are often more adept in reading, writing, and math.

A 2002 study on the subject conducted by the Arts Education Partnership concluded that students are more motivated in class when taking fine arts courses in addition to their standard curriculum. By taking away these classes, especially in elementary schools, we are limiting the development of children’s motor skills, decision making, creativity, and cultural awareness.

The hands-on aspect of many different fine arts subjects contribute to the proper development of fine motor skills in children. Coloring with crayons, using scissors, or using paintbrushes for example, are imperative in establishing the finesse children will eventually need for writing. According to a report by Americans for the Arts, education children in art enhances their critical thinking skills, and their problem solving skills as well. These are vital in the future successes of a child as he or she advances through the ups and downs of life.

In terms of cultural awareness, art education can greatly improve a child’s perspective on certain subjects, and allow them to be more accepting of differences in culture. This can create the foundation for bonding with other people and becoming socially aware. For example, if a child is taught the history of African music and how influential it was in shaping modern genres, they will fully appreciate the importance of that culture, and associate it with positivity.

The knowledge that fine arts contribute to a student’s advancement in an array of courses is well known throughout the country. 47 states have art education mandates, and 40 currently have art requirements in order to graduate high school. Despite this, funding and participation in these classes have experienced setbacks. Between the years of 2000 and 2004, California saw a 46% drop in the attendance in music courses, while the state’s total school enrollment grew 6%. Meanwhile, the number of music teachers in California declined by 26.7%.

Though these statistics make the future of art education appear bleak, a revival in fine arts within schools is underway. In a survey conducted in 2009, it was found that access to to art education opportunities had not changed much in the past decade. Many schools within the past few years have made great strides in not only revitalizing fine arts, but focusing entire schools around them in order to prevent the lapse of funding that was endured not long ago.

 
Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne is a strong advocate in the providing of art education to all students. Through hard work done by Horne, progress is being made in pushing for higher standards for art education. He stated “When you think about the purposes of education, there are three: We’re preparing kids for jobs, for them to be citizens, and we’re teaching them to be human beings who can enjoy the deeper forms of beauty. The third is as important as the other two.”

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