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ArtsOlympus

The ARTS OLYMPUS has brought together thousands of people through many different programs. These include global Art Salons, concerts, exhibits and events that encourage the development of creativity in all people, young or old, as well as giving opportunity to the mentally or physically challenged. We foster a pride in the uniqueness of people and their culture. In the next few pages we have pulled some random photos and explanations of events that give a good idea of the scope and range of past events worldwide.

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UNITED NATIONS, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, was the location for the World Conference of Indigenous People at the United Nations. We were invited as delegates to attend and participated with Grace Collins (director of the Museum of Compassion) to create and hang an art exhibit of work done by the homeless. After the event, we staged an evening Salon at the Café du Grutli that is centered in the heart of the cultural district in old town Geneva. Creative minds from the local arts community, as well as visiting members of the World Conference of Indigenous People, had the opportunity to meet. Entertainment, as well interesting conversation, exposed cultural differences and created new friendships with people assembled from all parts of the world.

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Some of our programs are designed to get art supplies for kids to be creative. This has been named Art Supplies for Kids or ASK. At many of our salons, we will collect art supplies from those who attend, similar to a canned food drive. We then give the supplies to shelters for homeless families. Another project that we have created is very similar to Toys for Tots but, instead of toys, we collect art supplies. We supply barrels that kids decorate and then we put them in art supply stores for donations of crayons,

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NEW YORK CITY staged an exciting salon in a unique and wonderful space donated by the Angel Orensanz Foundation. The evening was ecstatic with live performances representing different cultures from Asia to Africa. The Tarumi Children violinists under the direction of Yukako Tarumi brought the audience to it's feet with applause, while the rhythms and beats of the drums from Senegal created a vibrant backdrop for the Almany Dance Ensemble. This free event was open to all people and embraced all ages and all backgrounds under one roof.

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NUREMBERG, GERMANY was the perfect setting for a Salon that took place in one of the oldest structures in the city. The actual home of artist Birgit Ramsauer, this fourteenth century tower is part of the original fortification of this ancient town. We could have called this Salon a vertical event as each room in the tower is on top of the other. Hence, we were going up and down stairs to participate in the evenings fun. Some of the top people in the arts joined this festive occasion. Dr. Ulrich Grossmann, head of the German National Museum, managed to break away from his hectic schedule to join us, as did prima ballerina Christiane Milenko of the City Theater of Nuremberg. Artists in all disciplines came together to create a fun evening that had its own interesting energy.

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hosted one of our most unique Salons. We were given by the city of Los Angeles what is considered to be one of the most historic interiors in the city, Hollyhock House. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1920’s, this interior is the best preserved and most complete of all his structures in California. The Salon attracted attendance from as far away as Moscow. Tatiana Kolodzei and her daughter Natasha from Moscow are considered to have probably the largest contemporary Russian art collection in the world.

Gerhardt Mayer, a prominent artist from Germany, flew in, as well as Grace Collins from New York (director of the Museum of Compassion) who spoke at the affair. All in all, the evening proved to be quite magical with live performances throughout the house. We had poetry reading in the gallery, music in the music room, talks in the library, artists showing slides of their work, Cambodian dancers in the courtyard, and lots of great conversations with people who appreciate the arts. As always, there was no cost to attend and everyone was welcome.

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In our ongoing effort to give opportunity to all in the arts, we worked with AMI-FACT Alliance for the Mentally Ill to create an exhibit that spotlighted the artwork done by talented individuals who are mentally challenged. The exhibit was very well attended and was especially encouraging for all who participated. Aside from the artists and the public, the opening reception included the appearance of guest speakers. Richard Vine, former art critic and writer for the Chicago Review and now editor of Art in America magazine, spoke on how important the arts are in all our lives, regardless of what level.

Ursula Ruser, president of Artists for Peace, phoned in during the opening from Geneva, Switzerland as an encouraging gesture to all the artists who participated. The evening was free and took place at the Cast Iron Gallery in the Soho district in New York city.

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paints, etc. from customers. When the barrel is full, it goes straight to children’s creative arts programs. These are very simple projects that involve no exchange of money, it is product into the barrel and that from the barrel to the kids.

NEW YORK CITY

In our pursuit to expose kids to live performance, we are constantly trying to create opportunities to get children into the theaters. On one such occasion, we were able to make available over 600 tickets to a top Broadway musical in New York City. Tickets were given to all ages.

Most of these kids come from deprived families and could never afford such an event. The producers of “ABBY’S SONG”, in an outstanding gesture of kindness, put aside these tickets for our kids.

The show was an uplifting first time experience for deserving kids.The musical was free of violence and taught children to reach for their dreams. This was a landmark experience in the minds of all who attended.

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