FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES: CHOOSE AMONG SEVERAL OPTIONS WHERE TO DIRECT YOUR GIFT
People desperately want to see change in the world. We believe that art has always played an important role in illuminating “the better angels of our nature,” which often requires coming to terms with our darkest shadows. This work is more essential now than ever. At Lumen Animae Studios, we are dedicated to contributing to this life-affirming mission, and we invite you to join us in our ongoing work.
We have identified the most immediate priorities for the two Lumen Animae projects that can help lead to the most progress in the world – our recently launched online art school for young people in Ukraine, and our Genocide Remembrance Project. Below, you will find several areas where your support can advance these causes.
№ 1. SCHOOL
Lumen Animae Studios facilitate an online school in Ukraine with classes twice a week
10-to-18 y.o. youth located in Ukraine and plus those who fled the country are accepted, with or without prior art training. Life amidst crisis becomes a little more predictable with classes to look forward to.
Curriculum is designed to bring forth outstanding artistic expression in every student. Fields of study include still and cinematic arts with emphasis on animation, drawing, and principles of design.
Attendance is fully covered by Lumen Animae scholarships awarded to all accepted participants. All support funding goes towards art materials as the priority; any extra funds subsidize visiting artists fees.
№ 2. FILM
Animated film "COMING OF AGE" – the Holocaust survival story of David Wiener
"I had nothing to lose but my life." David Wiener, an Auschwitz survivor from Lodz, Poland, spoke these words in our interview. The film is a part of the L'Tamid series, documenting Holocaust survivor stories.
Envisioned as a half feature length film, Coming of Age produced in direct sand animation technique, created and directed by Ruah Edelstein and Masha Vasilkovsky, together with College of the Canyons students.
After a semester-long animation production at College of the Canyons, the project was moved to Lumen Animae Studios. Donations cover in-studio made animation, post-production, and composer fees.
№ 3. GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOK
Graphic novel "SEVEN CIRCLES" based on the Holocaust survival story of David Lenga
"I was 11 years old when Hitler’s army brutally overran Poland." David Lenga is a Polish survivor of Auschwitz. The narrative written by Ruah Edelstein and Masha Vasilkovsky is based on the interview with David Lenga.
Following the interview with David, students at College of the Canyons each selected one among 19 chapters of the story, choosing the parts that impacted them most, then processed the story through visual narrative.
After one semester the production was moved to Lumen Animae Studios. Donations cover the in-studio work process lasting one and a half years: editing, lettering, formatting, creating missing chapters.
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