The Gratitude Project by Danica Phelps
September 8th, 2017 - October 13th, 2017
Danica Phelps was inspired to create The Gratitude Project after listening to stories on NPR about refugees leaving their homes with nothing after suffering indescribable trauma in war torn countries. She wanted to try to do something to help not only refugees but other people in need of assistance due to their specific circumstance The process began with the creation of 41 drawings of simple and modest things in Danica’s life that she was thankful for. The drawings created were then auctioned on Facebook. Each drawing chosen was paired with a different organization working to make the world a better place. The price was set by the winning bid, after which, anyone could purchase a generation of the drawing at that price. The purchaser received the drawing when Danica received the check made out to the specified organization. The resulting diptychs contain the final generation of the original drawing, paired with a new drawing of the work that the chosen organization does to help bring positive change and growth.
The Gratitude Project has traveled to numerous venues both Nationally and Internationally. It will now come to Orth Contemporary. 10% of the profit from each of the pieces sold will be donated to the organization that the drawing illustrates. We hope this exhibit will keep the dialogue alive about how art can help make a positive global impact.
Please join us for the opening reception on September 8th, 2017 from 5:00 until 8:00 pm. Danica will be present at the opening reception. All are welcome
This is a list of the organizations that the money will go to.
10% of the profit from each of the pieces sold will be donated to the organization that the drawing illustrates unless indicated. 50% will go towards the below mentioned organizations.
Doctors without Boarders – Helps people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by epidemics, disasters, and or exclusion from health care
Heifer International – Empowering families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity. This organization helps bring sustainable agriculture to impoverished communities.
YouCaring – 50% of Proceeds will go to YouCaring for undocumented survivors of Hurricane Harvey who don’t have access to FEMA
Syrian American Medical Society – a nonpolitical medical organization that works for crisis relief in Syria and neighboring communities through medical care and treatment.
Save the Children Fundraiser– 50% will go towards the Save The Children Fund Emergency Fund for the individuals affected by the torrential flooding that has affected more than 20 million people in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. .
The Greenbelt Movement – Works towards better environmental management, community empowerment, and livelihood improvement using tree planting as an entry point.
Oklahomans for Equality – 50% of all proceeds will go to the Oklahomans for Equality who seek equal rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals and families in Oklahoma.
National Resources Defense Council – Helps to fight the threat of climate change, protecting the planet and saving wildlife.
American Civil Liberties Union – Defends and preserves the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the constitution and laws of the USA.
OXFAM – Works to end the injustice of poverty including inequality, unequal access to food and water. Also, by helping to save lives in disasters, OXFAM helps to build stronger futures for those in need by holding the powerful accountable.
Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council – Coordinates medical and healer supplies, human resources, and other types of medical aid between the camps of Standing Rock, Standing Rock emergency services, Indian health services, Standing Rock Tribal Council, Min Wiconi Intergrative health clinic and the greater allopathic and healer center.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence – National non-profit gun control advocacy organization that is opposed to gun violence.
Planned Parenthood – Helps to provide sexual healthcare in the United States and globally.
Tulsa Cares - 50% of proceeds will go to Tulsa Cares. An Organization committed to creating a community where all people with HIV/AIDS have equal opportunities for healthy living
Family and Children Services – 50% of proceeds will go to Family and Children Services. A leading provider of behavioral health care and family services for people of all ages in Tulsa and surrounding communities.
Growing Together– 50% will go to Growing Together in Tulsa. An organization that creates pathways for children to break the cycle of poverty through education, community vibrancy, and the built environment.
United Farm Workers – A Labor Union for farmworkers in the United States
NARAL Pro-Choice America - fights for reproductive freedom for every person in every state. Each day, we organize and mobilize to protect that freedom by fighting for access to abortion care, birth control, paid parental leave and protections from pregnancy discrimination.
Human Rights Watch - Human Rights Watch meets with governments, the United Nations, regional groups like the African Union and the European Union, financial institutions, and corporations to press for changes in policy and practice that promote human rights and justice around the world.
Nuclear Aid Peace Foundation - Works to educate and advocate for peace and a world free of nuclear weapons, and to empower peace leaders.