Collaborative Revolution is a non-profit entity that conducts or contributes to a series of humanitarian projects aimed principally at the development of community-consciousness.
The Following is a list of completed, on-going, and future projects that Collaborative Revolution has contributed to:
Donations are currently being attributed to the Iraqi Children’s Art Exchange Life of our Time Project.
(See Details Below.)
A THREE-DAY CROSS CULTURAL ARTS HAPPENING
A FUSION OF IRAQI AND AMERICAN:
CURRENT EVENTS AND ANCIENT HISTORY, YOUTH, PERFORMING
AND VISUAL ARTS, ACTIVISM, HUMAN RIGHTS,
HISTORY AND PSYCHOLOGY
June 22 - 24, 2011
NORTHAMPTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 17 NEW SOUTH STREET, BALLROOM, 3RD FLOOR, NORTHAMPTON, MA
For information: www.nohoarts.org
Three days of artistic expression and scholarly reflection presented through theater, dance, music and spoken word inspired by fifteen murals painted by Iraqi and American youth.
The murals, painted with the working title How Will They Know Us? were created by children and youth in Baghdad and Amman, Jordan and in eight U.S. communities including the California’s Bay Area, Normal, Illinois, Salisbury, North Carolina and Northampton, Massachusetts. The murals were created in partnership with churches, independent media centers, international NGOs, art galleries, museums, and community organizations. Fifteen murals will be installed in the ballroom of the Northampton Center for the Arts, providing time--three days--and a centrally located public space where people, across cultures and community lines, can experience them as a focal point for art, film, theater, music, dance, readings, spoken word performances and scholarly presentations. In the three days, a series of formal and informal conversations will take place that considers the human costs of war and its aftermath on both sides--Iraqi and American.
Having the Life is funded in large part by Mass Humanities.
Iraqi Children's Art Exchange (ICAE) - Iraqi Children Cancer Unit, Baghdad (2000 - Present - Future)
Collaborative Revolution helps support, in whatever way it can, the work of The Iraqi Children's Art Exchange in its new project on the children's cancer unit at The Children's Welfare Teaching Hospital (formerly Al Mansour Pediatric Hospital) in Medical City, Baghdad. This is the hospital ward where ICAE first began its work in December 2000. Reconnecting with the Iraqi doctors and other hospital staff has created an important opportunity, enabling ICAE to re-establish this long-standing cross-cultural relationship, collaborating on behalf of Iraqi children.
Seeing the need for a psychosocial intervention program for children whose lives have been impacted by both war and serious illness, a play/activity room has been set up and supplied with toys, educational and art materials. A part-time staff person has been hired. The children have named it Ghorfat Almarah, The Joy Room. It supplements and supports medical care by creating opportunities to address the social, emotional and developmental needs of the children on the cancer unit.
The project fosters the development of community consciousness on both sides, providing people --children, youth, artists, educators, doctors, activists and veterans-- with a way to connect and begin to reconcile, to open our hearts and minds to a different view and understanding of the people on "the other side".
"The Other Side" Cross-Country Cycle Tour (Summer, 2009)
In the summer of 2009, Tyler Boudreau cycled from one side of the country to the other in an effort to re-acquaint himself with the land, to reintegrate with his community and family, and to positively re-invest his strength in America.
For a more detailed description of the project click HERE.
"The Troy Art Project" (October 19, 2008- Present)
What I refer to as "The Troy Art Project" is a continuous joint effort between a lot of people to help a number of Iraqi families who have recently immigrated to the United States and settled in the Albany area of New York. The participants in the initial event included me (Tyler Boudreau), Claudia Lefko of the Iraqi Childrens Art Exchange, Thamer Dawood, an Iraqi artist and a former refugee himself, Matthew Mitchell, an American artist, Branda Miller and her crew at the Sanctuary for Independent Media, and whole community of great people from Albany. The photos displayed here are from an event held in October of 2007 where Iraqi and American children (and their families...and mine, too) were brought together to paint a mural, eat food, and socialize. This was only one event in an on-going and really widespread effort to assist Iraqi families all over the world--those internally displaced in Iraq, those living as refugees in other countries, and those who have immigrated to America.
The second in the series of these events took place over the weekend of March 28th integrating a great deal more American kids with the Iraqi kids and yielding some amazing images.
"Sk8Boarding for Good" (September, 2008)
The youth of Northampton put together an amazing skateboarding competition and donated the proceeds to projects geared to help Iraqi refugees. See more photos.