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  • The government is cutting music programs in schools and slashing Arts grants as gleefully as a morbidly American kid in Baskin Robbins. So if only to stick it to the man, isn’t it worth fighting back in some small way?

    So write your damn book. Learn a Chopin prelude, get all Jackson Pollock with the kids, spend a few hours writing a Haiku. Do it because it counts even without the fanfare, the money, the fame and Heat photo-shoots that all our children now think they’re now entitled to because Harry Styles has done it.

  • superfex:

    A little while back I redesigned the We Heart Arts logo for my good friend Tony. This week he was nice enough to send me a little care package with lots of printed goods inside.

    The package contained some of the flyers and stickers I made up for him, which were then printed by the one and only Awesome Merchandise.

  • superfex:

    themightypencil:

    BE AWESOME. FOR MEES.

    Okay Tumblr, this is your chance to do something really awesome. The young man in the photo there is called Mees, he’s almost 2 years old, he lives in the Netherlands and he has cancer.  

    Mees has been so brave up to now, he has a tumour that has grown from his bottom, through his pelvis to his tummy.  Mees’ parents, Jan and Inge, are an amazing couple, full of positivity and love.  Mees has been having treatment at his local hospital for 2 months, Mees calls it his ‘second home’, his bed on wheels is a ‘car bed’ and all the tubes and wires attached to him are antennae, Mees likes to play robots.

    Things have gotten serious, and now Mees, Jan and Inge need to travel to the Florida Proton Institute in Jacksonville, Fl, USA for radiation treatment.  Medical insurance is covering a lot of expenses but we (that’s all of us Tumblr, for Mees) have to raise another 30,000 Euros to cover the rest and ensure that both Jan and Inge can travel with Mees.

    Mees’ father, Jan, is a member of our illustration collective The Mighty Pencil, so we have come together and launched a set of feelgood greetings cards, inspired by Mees, Jan and Inge. You can buy a pack of cards and, if you’re able, add a further donation to your order on our website.

    CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR ‘WISHES FOR MEES’ GREETINGS CARDS!

    You can find further information on the foundation for Mees on FORMEES.NL.

    I’m buying these and so should you!

    This is a wonderful example of how art really can make a difference to someones life. I’ll be buying these and I implore all of you to do the same! 

  • We heart this amazing shirt design by We Heart Arts friend Belle Tragedie

    belle-tragedie:

    Belle Tragedie X @nofitstateclothing “Heart of Skulls” T-shirt available now at http://www.nofitstateclothing.com/ #streetwear #nfsclothing #belletragedie #design #illustration #clothing #shopindie

  • This is amazing!

    positive-press-daily:

    Seattle mom makes superhero capes for sick kids

    Robyn Rosenberger is the founder of tinysuperheroes.com. To date, she has stitched together over 300 capes and sent them to kids across the country who are battling disabilities and serious illnesses. Each unique cape reflects these kids’ heroic attitude, going through so much so early on in life and still wearing a big smile at the end of the day. Here you can see some of the superheroes Rosenberger has featured on her website, and if you’re looking for more feel-good content to brighten your day this week check out our Restoring Faith in Humanity page!

    Click here to meet a bunch of Tiny Superheroes, like Super Anthony, pictured above.

  • How drumming changed my life

    This is a guest blog from Dan Tiley of Spectral Park

    I am incredibly lucky.

    For as long as I can remember my family and close friends have supported me in what I have wanted to do, encouraging me to express myself in any way, shape, or form that I have naturally leant towards. As a young child I was never artistic in a traditional sense; I am still not. I was, however, abnormally fidgety, always tapping on anything and everything. Being a volatile and short-tempered youngster meant that I would more-often-than-not be at odds with my parents. This lead to a wealth of arguments and the utterance of hurtful words (on my part) that would instantly fill me with remorse and regret.

    Not exactly a troubled background, but one that I feel I needed to introduce to give you a sense of how my creative outlets were shaped and formed. After 15 years of putting up with relentless tapping my parents finally agreed to allow me to have drum lessons. From the very first time that I sat at my school’s ‘house’ drum kit, I felt a certain kind of calm fall over me. All of my energy and emotion came together to focus on learning how to coordinate my hands and feet and I have not looked back since then, playing in various projects, each differing in style and capacity, all of them providing me with an essential emotional and psychological outlet.

    The other form of creative expression that developed from my childhood was writing. After every storming row with my mother I could not help but write poems of apology to her. I can remember some of them like they were yesterday, a process of putting pen to paper that had no thought involved, just pure emotion, which in turn meant that I could compose poetry of a reasonable standard. As I grew into my teenage years, so too did my love for literature (both reading and writing it) and I now write in a creative capacity as a profession. I no longer find myself writing poetry as often but then again I am quite a happy individual, which leads me on to the crux of what I am trying to say.

    I can not even begin to imagine the horrors that some children have to live through, learn and grow from. I had a wonderful upbringing and take for advantage the opportunities that I was given; I wanted to drum, so I drummed, I wanted to write, so I wrote. But what if I had no one to support and encourage me with creative expression? Even worse, what if I did have people who were indeed there, but did not allow me to express myself in a creative manner?

    Channelling your energy through an art-form is such a cathartic processes that it is essential for every child to, at the very least, have the option to explore such a creative path. It is charities such as the wonderful We Heart Arts and people such as Tony who understand this more than most. They have seen first-hand how soothing a simple painting class or music session can be for a troubled child.

    Unlike most charities they do not rely on financial donations to further the cause. All they aim to do is bring together like-minded creative people to promote and reach out to children through art. Whether you’re a musician, illustrator, author, actor, designer or any other kind of creative person, I implore you to get in contact with this simple, yet entirely unique charity, and see how you can help. You’ll be surprised how valued your art is, not just by Tony and the charity, but by children from all walks of life.

    Make a difference, share your passion.

    You can find Dan drumming for Spectral Park

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  • Lollipops

    It's scientifically proven* that lemurs are one of the best animals to look at on a Friday, our twelfth #awesomebet print backs this up.

    Designed by Ben Mercer this awesome poster will help with the creation or sustainment of young peoples creative arts programs wherever it’s needed.

    *limited to 25 prints only*

    Pick yours up today!  

    *it’s not proven but we like to think it is