I AM ART

I AM ART
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Shine 
brighter
than the scars ... 

Travel

Get outside the day-to-day bubble and experience the beauty of God's creation.

Explore

Meet new friends, explore culture, and learn learn new ways of seeing the world together.

Serve

Make a difference in the lives of at-risk children through creative arts and return home full of life.

I AM ART

I AM ART is a program of Athentikos that enriches the lives of at-risk children by using creative arts to show them the power of their true potential.

I AM ART teams help kids discover the uniqueness of who they are in God’s greater story, and unlock the possibilities of what they can be. Everyone can dream. Everyone has a story. Everyone is art. Our goal is to help each child find the art within so they can change the way they see the world around them. This changes their course. This changes their community. This changes EVERYTHING.

DETAILS

Creative Arts Program Development

I AM ART

CREATIVE DIRECTION

I AM ART MODEL

impact

I AM ART IMPACTS ARTISTS & CHILDREN

“If the pain of your story is not transformed, it will be transmitted.”

-Richard Rohr

conflict resolution

We cannot remove pain and conflict from our story, but we can change how we respond to it. I AM ART connects our personal story to God’s greater story of redemption, so we can rest in the peace of our true identity: Art of the Great I AM.

One of the most important parts of a story is the element of surprise – the twist in the plot that illuminates deeper meaning. Cognitive psychology recognizes the importance of the “discrepant event”: something with an unexpected outcome that is remembered because it engages our brain, encouraging problem solving and critical thinking.

I AM ART uses the surprise of conflict in a creative process to help us process the conflict in our personal story through external symbolism. This process allows us to safely explore conflict and challenges us to think about our healthy responses that will help heal trauma.

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I AM ART MODEL

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CREATE BEAUTIFUL ART

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ALTER ART THROUGH CONFLICT

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cREATE SOMETHING EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL FROM THE BROKEN PIECES

BENEFITS OF CREATIVITY

  • COLLABORATION

  • COMMUNICATION

  • CONCENTRATION

  • CONFIDENCE

  • CURIOSITY

  • DISCIPLINE

  • EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

  • EMPATHY

  • IMAGINATION

  • MOTIVATION

  • PATIENCE

  • PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS

  • PURPOSE

  • SELF-RESPECT

  • TOLERANCE

Team member training

We’ll equip you with everything you need to impact lives through creative arts, including how to:

• Guide youth to explore their story through creative arts

• Understand the cultural and spiritual context of the trip

• Collaborate with like-minded creatives from all over the world

• Empower through story and creative arts

• Raise funds using our media and crowd-funding platform

• Promoting your trip through strategic social media

• Preparing lesson plans for a 5 day workshop using our curriculum guide

• Research and produce inspirational stories

• Select gear for international production

• Pack strategically for a short-term vision trip

optional excursion

Reflect on your journey before you return home.

We believe it is important to take time to reflect on your journey with team members before returning home to normal life. We don’t require it, but we highly recommend joining the optional excursion. We handle all the logistics and take you to some of the most beautiful places on earth. 

I AM ART

VIDEOS

I AM ART

MERCHANDISE & BRANDING

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BRANDING

2018 Branding

The Quetzal is the national bird of Guatemala and symbolic of liberty. Legend says the Quetzal dies in captivity. It is the perfect metaphor for freeing children from the bondage of abuse.

2013 Branding

Abstract Quetzal

I Am Art – Spring 2014

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/96016283″][mk_padding_divider size=”60″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][mk_fancy_title style=”alt” tag_name=”h3″ size=”13″ line_height=”18″ color=”#696969″ font_weight=”bold” letter_spacing=”0″ font_family=”none” margin_bottom=”10″ align=”left”]DESCRIPTION[/mk_fancy_title][vc_column_text]A documentary short about the Athentikos I Am Art Mural project in spring 2014.[/vc_column_text][mk_padding_divider size=”10″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][mk_fancy_title style=”alt” tag_name=”h3″ size=”13″ line_height=”18″ color=”#696969″ font_weight=”bold” letter_spacing=”0″ font_family=”none” margin_bottom=”10″ align=”left” border_width=”5″]FILM DETAILS[/mk_fancy_title][vc_column_text]FORM: Documentary, Short
GENRE: Drama, Reality, Social Issue, Biography
NICHE: Third World, Social Justice, Latino
RUNNING TIME: 7 Minutes 30 Seconds
LANGUAGES: English, Spanish
SUBTITLES: English[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][mk_fancy_title style=”alt” tag_name=”h3″ size=”13″ line_height=”18″ color=”#696969″ font_weight=”bold” letter_spacing=”0″ font_family=”none” margin_bottom=”10″ align=”left” border_width=”5″]PERSONAL CREDITS[/mk_fancy_title][mk_custom_list margin_bottom=”30″]

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Creative Director
  • Camera
  • Writer
  • Motion Graphics
  • Music

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Voz De Las Calles Theatrical Event

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GENRE: Symbolic Story
NICHE: Third World, Social Justice, Latino[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][mk_fancy_title style=”alt” tag_name=”h3″ size=”13″ line_height=”18″ color=”#696969″ font_weight=”bold” letter_spacing=”0″ font_family=”none” margin_bottom=”10″ align=”left” border_width=”5″]PERSONAL CREDITS[/mk_fancy_title][mk_custom_list margin_bottom=”30″]

  • Creative Director
  • Writer
  • Musical Score

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Voz de las Calles Promo

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GENRE: Commercial
NICHE: Latino
RUNNING TIME: 1 Minute 40 Seconds
LANGUAGE: Spanish[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][mk_fancy_title style=”alt” tag_name=”h3″ size=”13″ line_height=”18″ color=”#696969″ font_weight=”bold” letter_spacing=”0″ font_family=”none” margin_bottom=”10″ align=”left” border_width=”5″]PERSONAL CREDITS[/mk_fancy_title][mk_custom_list margin_bottom=”30″]

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Creative Director
  • Motion Graphics
  • Graphic Design
  • Sound Design
  • Music

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Athentikos – Art Camp 2011

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GENRE: Drama, Reality, Social Issue, Biography
NICHE: Third World, Social Justice, Latino
RUNNING TIME: 5 Minutes
LANGUAGES: English, Spanish
SUBTITLES: English[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][mk_fancy_title style=”alt” tag_name=”h3″ size=”13″ line_height=”18″ color=”#696969″ font_weight=”bold” letter_spacing=”0″ font_family=”none” margin_bottom=”10″ align=”left” border_width=”5″]PERSONAL CREDITS[/mk_fancy_title][mk_custom_list margin_bottom=”30″]

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Creative Director
  • Camera
  • Writer
  • Motion Graphics

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Reparando

Reparando

A documentary on Guatemala’s struggle to repair itself and its people following a 36-year civil war. On the morning of June 18. 1954, the US CIA dropped leaflets in Guatemala City demanding the resignation of the president. Guatemala was ravaged by Civil War for the next 36 years. But hope is rising. In the midst of incredible odds, victims have been transformed into champions who willfully embrace the pain of their past to help repair the next generation. This is their story. Shorty – a former gang member who is now a pastor, and Tita – a woman who started a school in Guatemala’s most notorious slum have joined forces to repair La Limonada.

DETAILS

FORM: Documentary, Feature
GENRE: Drama, Reality, Social Issue, Biography
NICHE: Third World, Social Justice, Latino
RUNNING TIME: 70 Minutes
LANGUAGES: Spanish, English
SUBTITLES: English, Spanish

Reparando

PRE-PRODUCTION

Doll Lady Sketches

Reparando is a labor of love. We met during the evenings after work for a year to research and develop the story and characters. Two stories stood out and we knew these would be the core of the film. Shorty is a former gang member and drug addict who is now a pastor who runs a rehab center. Tita is a former victim of abuse who started schools in Guatemala’s most dangerous slum community. These two anchor stories are woven together with the visual metaphor of a woman (the Doll Lady) who gives new life to discarded baby doll parts from the dump, cleaning & repairing them and selling them in the market.

Reparando

HIGHLIGHTS

Reparando

CREATIVE DIRECTION

Reparando Title

The film title, Reparando means “Repairing” in Spanish. The story portrays victims of the Guatemalan Civil war who are helping repair their country through acts of service and love. The theme is reinforced through visual mataphor of a woman sewing discarded baby doll parts back together. To visually depict this meaning in the title, we designed a rough stitch that blends into a bold type face.

Doll Lady

Though she never speaks during the film, the Doll Lady carries the story from beginning to end as the visual metaphor. She finds discarded baby doll parts in the dump, cleans them, repairs them, and then sells them at the market, giving the dolls new lives.

Doll Lady Short Story

Though she never speaks during the film, the Doll Lady carries the story from beginning to end as the visual metaphor. 

Reparando

MUSICAL SCORE

Reparando

NARRATION

Reparando

MERCHANDISE & BRANDING

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TIMELINE

Pre-production begins
Athentikos gathers volunteers and meets twice a week in the evenings after work to research the project.
Production launches in Guatemala
Athentikos travels to Guatemala with a team of 16 North Americans to capture footage and interview subjects.
Editing and visual narrative story development begins
Footage is edited and story is mapped with a visual metaphor to carry the story.
Athentikos returns to Guatemala to continue production
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Principle photography wraps
Everything has been captured and final editing begins.
Editing Finished
The film is complete and moves into marketing stage.
Reparando premieres at the Grand Rapids Film Festival
The film premieres at Celebration Cinema North in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Official US Screening Tour launches
Reparando is screened across North America.
Reparando premieres in Guatemala City
Reparando premieres to sold-out cinemas in Guatemala City.
Screening Tour Wraps
Reparando screening tour is complete.
January 2008
January 2009
February 2009
July 2009
October 2009
March 2010
September 2010
October 2010
November 2010
April 2014

Becoming Fools

Becoming Fools

Becoming Fools is a follow-up to the award winning Athentikos documentary, Reparando, released in 2010. Originally, the film was to follow Italo, a professional clown by day who removed his makeup at night to serve youth living in the streets. Shortly after Athentikos began pre-production, Italo drowned in a tragic accident, leaving the film and these street youth without a hero. But death could not erase a life lived authentically. Italo’s peers rallied together around the street youth to help them portray a symbolic story of their lives on a professional stage.

Details

FORM: Documentary, Feature
GENRE: Drama, Reality, Social Issue, Biography
NICHE: Third World, Social Justice, Latino
RUNNING TIME: 80 Minutes
LANGUAGES: Spanish, English
SUBTITLES: English, Spanish

Becoming Fools

PREPRODUCTION

Becoming Fools

FUNDRAISING

Becoming Fools

SCOUTING

Becoming Fools

VISUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Becoming Fools

MUSICAL SCORE

Becoming Fools

NARRATION

Becoming Fools

FILM

Becoming Fools

BEHIND THE SCENES

Becoming Fools

MERCHANDISE

Becoming Fools Blu-ray
Becoming Fools

THEATRICAL EVENT

Becoming Fools

WRITING

Clowns are funny because they fail.

Love them or hate them, most people have an emotional memory of clowns. Clowns are like the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus, except they’re more colorful …. and more real.

Clowns are important to the story of Becoming Fools for several reasons. The most obvious reason is the fact that Italo was a clown – and not just a clown, but a professional clown. I didn’t understand it when I first heard his story.

“He’s a professional what? A clown? How is that possible? Does he work at a circus?”

I didn’t understand. But I get it now. Clowns are a big deal in Latin America. They’re much more than an icon of childhood. They are a part of the culture. And it isn’t just because Latin Americans love to celebrate.

Clowns represent both comedy and tragedy. Their colorful costumes and exaggerated expressions enable them to add whimsical overtones to some otherwise very tragic stories. I didn’t dial into this when I was a kid. I only saw the laughter. But now it makes sense. Think about it. Clowns are funny because they CAN’T do things or they DON’T HAVE things. Clowns are funny BECAUSE THEY FAIL. If it weren’t for the makeup and outrageous costumes, we’d all be crying for them.

When I think of Guatemala’s tragic history, clowns make perfect sense. Guatemalans have been oppressed for centuries by Spaniard conquerers, Cold War dictators and now drug cartels and gang warfare. In 2011, poverty in Guatemala increased to 55 percent. This IS tragic in a grand scale. But much like the clowns, Guatemala’s tragedy is masked by it’s colorful costume – the flowers … on the trees … on the mountain … under the blue sky and golden sun. Sometimes it is hard to believe that in the midst of such beautiful color, people are hungry.

And if Guatemala has had a tragic story, then these children who live on the street have had the most tragic story of all. For one reason or another, they have fled the security of home because it was not secure. They have fled the comfort of home because it was not comfortable. They have fled the peace of home because there was no peace. And now, they huddle together on the streets in a makeshift family that sadly resembles the disfunction they tried so hard to run away from.

We originally wanted to include the clown theme in this story because Italo was a clown. He began to teach kids living on the street to clown so they could have a job. It was simple and beautiful. But now I realize that Italo was teaching these kids to clown for a deeper reason. Clowning is a performance art. It’s experiential. It’s theatre. And … it’s medicinal. Clowning can help these kids process their tragic stories and better understand their wounds. Clowning can also empower these kids to begin to communicate their stories non-verbally – in a way that crosses culture and language – so that we the audience can begin to understand their needs and respond. Both the clown and the audience have the opportunity to heal.

Clowning captivates a community in the gap between tragedy and comedy. We have an opportunity to look beyond the colorful costumes and connect to people in need. Call me a fool, but I think this is what we are supposed to do. Will you join us?

Behind the Scenes.

Becoming Fools was born during our production of Reparando. We fell in love with Italo Castro’s story: a professional clown who earned his living entertaining children at parties, but who also removed his makeup and cared for street children in his spare time.

We interviewed  and captured some footage of Italo in January 2009, and originally intended for his story to be woven into Reparando. But when we began editing the film, we decided that Italo needed his own story.

In November 2010, we were in Guatemala for the premiere of Reparando, and spent some time with Italo to evaluate how best to tell his story. Italo took us to a place called “The Tank”, a dilapidated Pila to meet some “street kids”. We interviewed street youth and two things became very clear: first, that these youth had very tragic stories, and second, that they considered Italo a father figure. We returned to the US committed to producing a feature length documentary about Italo’s story called “Without A Costume” and began pre-production in December 2010.

In February 2011, Italo drowned in a tragic accident that changed everything. Originally, we were going to focus the story on Italo, using symbolic imagery of clowning to tell the story of his passion. Ironically, we didn’t even interview Italo the last time we were together, because we already knew his story, and we were gathering research about the street youth. So, the only footage we had of Italo was what we captured during Reparando. We realized that we needed to tell a different story.

In August 2011, we launched a Kickstarter Campaign that raised $110,000 in pledges, but failed to meet our $150,000 goal needed. So, as part of Kickstarter’s policy, none of those funds were activated. We had nothing … but we still felt called to share this story, so we asked our supporters if they would roll their pledges into our website so we could continue building momentum. We felt confident that we could raise the remaining funds needed to produce the film. As it turned out, only $50,000 of the original $110,000 in pledges were actually given to us … 1/3 of what we knew we needed. But we walked forward in faith, Becoming Fools to a calling (and incidentally, changing the film title to Becoming Fools).

Italo was physically gone, but the legacy of his life continued to echo through the lives of the street youth. They wanted to honor their mentor, so we worked with them using our I Am Art Initiative to empower their dreams. In November 2011, we interviewed over 50 street youth, and people connected to the issue of street children: government workers, church ministries, and secular NGO’s. We scoured through the hours of footage and developed a script for a symbolic drama called, The Journey of a Clown, based on the legacy of Italo’s life and service to these street youth.

In January 2012, we partnered with Freedom Guatemala and At Risk No More to produce the theatrical presentation in Guatemala City’s Teatro Abril, a renowned theatre with over a century of history. We gathered creative professionals to begin mentoring the street youth in weekly rehearsals. The dramatic troupe of street youth and creative professionals called themselves “Voz De Las Calles” (Voice of the Streets), and rehearsed together for five months in preparation for the event. We documented the entire process for Italo’s story, Becoming Fools.

After several months in Guatemala capturing the story, we returned home in July 2012 and began editing. The first rough edit was finished in December 2012 and we began to work on the musical score. The film went through several edits before it premiered at the Omaha Film Festival in March 2013 with rave reviews and more irony. A massive blizzard prevented hundreds of people from attending – people who had confirmed they would come and support the film. Becoming Fools could have won the festival … but that would have been a different story, and certainly not aligned with the name or theme of the film …

It has been a long road. There have been many times when we wanted to give up and questioned whether all our effort was worth it. But, this story is not over. We might never know the fullness of it’s fruit. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter. We didn’t set out to make a film that would bring us financial wealth. We fell in love with a holy jester and were inspired to join him in Becoming Fools.