Art for Ethiopia Mural Project

Join us for Episode 007 of The Buterverse where Jessica Ditto sits down for a chat about the Destiny Academy Fund and the Art for Ethiopia mural collabroation with artist Lennon Michalski.

About the Mural Project

In June 2014, the Destiny Academy Fund collabrated with Lexington artist Lennon Michalski to create an educational mural and promote art education at Destiny Academy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The public art project was to conceptualized to bring joy to kids who grow up in the toughest conditions. The vision is to share art and to make a long-lasting investment in a community that strives to break the cycle of poverty through the education of its kids.  A Kickstarter campaign was launched to raise funds for public art at Destiny Academy and was successfully funded in 3 days, thanks to the generous support of friends in Lexington.

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Destiny Academy

Destiny Academy is a dynamic school serving the educational needs of students in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Destiny Academy opened in 2005 with 25 preschool students. Today, Destiny Academy offers preschool through grade 8 and enrolls 530 students at its two campuses.  

Destiny Academy has always been a school with a big vision driven by a passion for the poor. It is located in the Gofa community which is home to tens of thousands of impoverished, uneducated children. Their families cannot afford to send them to public schools due to the high cost of tuition, uniforms, and school supplies. Destiny Academy provides Gofa's children a chance to go to school regardless of their ability to pay.
Destiny Academy strives to have a positive impact on society through values-based education. Teachers are committed to educating the whole child--mentally, physically, emotionally--and place a special emphasis on the virtues of respect, diligence, love, honesty, and peace.

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Lennon Michalski

Listen to Episode 009 of The Buterverse where Lennon Michalski sits down and talks about his art, whether or not he's a thoroughbred, and how on earth do you pronounce that name?

Lennon Michalski is a contemporary artist in the painting and digital media realms. He has been hailed as one of the "New Superstars of Southern Art" by Oxford American and has contributed a lot of his time and talents to the teaching of art to kids and aspiring artists. 

His two dimensional and digital works have exhibited in North Carolina, Kentucky, Colorado, and Washington, D.C. His works have displayed in group exhibitions internationally in Mexico, Colombia, and China. His commissions include the University of Kentucky Healthcare, Clark Regional Medical Center, Churchill Downs Executive Office, and Eastern Kentucky University. Other projects include collaborating digitally with the Bluegrass Youth Ballet and Assistant Cameraman on “The Happy Sad” (from the director of “Brother To Brother").

Lennon is affiliated with a number of nonprofit art organizations in the Lexington area such as the Lexington Art League, Lex Arts, and the Living Arts and Science Center. He has been published in Oxford American Southern Art and Architecture Issue Fall 2005 and then recently in the 100 UNDER 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art 2012. He has been interviewed on 9.3 WFPL Radio dealing with “Artists Suffer Under Recession; Researchers Look at Economic Impact” in January 2010. Lennon earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Digital Media from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is now an independent artist and an instructor for the College of Art at University of Kentucky. 

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To Donate or Sponsor a Student visit: www.strikingly.com/destinyacademyfund

To Learn More about the Kickstarter project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/722819498/destiny-academy-mural-project

Visit Lennon Michalski on the web at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lennon-Michalski-Contemporary-Painting/194252016813