Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.  – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Grace Institute has a long history of honoring cultures and traditions through art with children and families in Portland, and around the world.  In 2012 and 2014, Grace Institute sponsored Portland artists to collaborate with local artists and community groups in Kenya and Peru (view images of their camp a year later here) to share the joy of Grace Art Camp.

This summer campers are making glass rings to raise funds for an Artist Exchange and Art Camp in Haiti – July 2019 toward the formation of a summer arts camp for children in the provincial beach town of Pierre Payen.

The idea of sharing the Grace Art Camp experience with Haitian artists and children was seeded by Judy Propser, an enthusiast and friend of Grace Institute, in collaboration with the generosity and commitment of Georges and Poupette Chemaly who will host a small delegation of Portland and local artists at their home in Pierre Payen, providing land for an art camp take place on. With their inspiration, vision, and dedication, the local children will have the opportunity to explore their own creative side. And, in the spirit of a genuine exchange, we will also be helping to sponsor Haitian artists to be at Grace Art Camp in Portland!

  • Help bring a delegation of Haitian artists to Grace Art Camp in 2019
  • Send a delegation of Grace Art Camp artists to Haiti in 2019
  • Support the creation of an art camp in the beach town of Pierre Payen, Haiti

Help support this vision today! We will be selling rings outside of camp throughout the rest of the summer, or you can donate directly through Grace Institute:
Glass rings, created at camp: $5
Haitian horn rings: $8 or 3/$15

Each glass ring is handcrafted in Grace Art Camp’s glass studio, from the pieces of glass that remain at the end of the day. Assembled with love by eager campers, artists, and counselors, the pieces are fused and mounted on ring bands.

In 2011, Art Camp raised $10,000 selling these same kind of glass rings to raise money for Mercy Corps who was providing assistance to Haiti after the earthquake. Returning to Haiti (after our fundraiser for earthquake recovery in 2011) and connecting with Haitian artists is a logical next step in embracing Grace Institute’s mission:

Grace Institute nurtures the human spirit through the arts, fostering intercultural appreciation and understanding in an open and inclusive community. Guided by the principle that all people are inherently creative, and that the arts have a universal capacity to transform individuals and communities, the Institute is committed to developing programs and opportunities that involve the leadership and collaboration of people from all backgrounds, ages, and abilities where we celebrate our connections and honor the differences.