Anthony here. We have a very big announcement.
We are closing this chapter of Art and Justice League because…
We are starting something new.
Let me unpack this for those of you who are interested.
Chey and I started Art and Justice League in 2010 with $500 in our bank account. We had so many amazing friends helping us along the way (you know who you are!) to shape our identity as an organization and to achieve something magnificent together from this simple idea: Improving the lives of children in need by nurturing their creativity.
Over the years, we raised more than $30,000 with a small group of friends and family. We partnered with Hope for Justice’s Shine Career School in 2016 to provide a digital photography and graphic design program to 19 girls in rehabilitation from sex trafficking situations from Cambodia (you can read more about it here
To be honest, it wasn’t easy. Raising money is not an simple task, especially when you are trying to convince people to invest in an idea and a vision without a track record.
It was so worth it, and an undeniable success.
Because of those who believed in us, we witnessed 19 girls explore their creativity and craft something amazing with their imagination through photography and graphic design. I truly believe they are not voiceless as some people suggest, but rather, they are amazing girls with tremendous talent and potential; learning confidence and new mediums to project the voice within.
Thanks to all of you for making it possible.
So why are we closing Art and Justice League?
After Cambodia, Chey and I took a sabbatical from Art and Justice League. While living and working overseas for the next 5 weeks, we enjoyed a much needed time of rest and reflection from the past six years of hard work. It was through looking back on our time in Phnom Penh that I considered the new vision I was inspired by while teaching at the Shine Career School.