Heritage + Legacy
Exploring the power of story: A literacy of self in community
The KidSAKE Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, was created in 2000 in response to a need for help with projects at an orphanage and soup kitchen in Honduras. Since that time, KidSAKE has provided food, school supplies and other necessities for children, created partnerships with universities to conduct educational workshops, international arts exchanges and create opportunities for women of the soup kitchen to launch a microenterprise and attend school. In 2013, KidSAKE began to develop local creative programming in the United States for the first time--in Michigan.
Mission: Integrating Literacy & the Arts for Good
The KidSAKE Foundation is dedicated to equipping, empowering, and engaging youth in building community through integrated literacy and arts-based projects and programming.
Current Focus: to bring Mi:MyTapestry | Unraveling the Intersections of Our Human Ties to schools and communities in Michigan. Project includes workshops, gallery exhibitions, performance. Legacy and heritage based cultural project.
Pictured above: two young school girls in Cane, Honduras. Participants in KidSAKE projects.
"Three compliments in one day! Three! I've never gotten three before. This is the best! I can't believe it. Not, one, not two, but three compliments."
2018 Legacy Project 6th grade student participant
Classes & Workshops & Projects
African Mask Workshops
Fusing art with math, social studies and history, students learn about the art of African masks in this 90 minute workshop. Student work has previously been exhibited in conjunction with The Picasso Project.
The Picasso Project
Over twenty exhibits of art combined with live performers and performance art in conjunction with a stage play, this project gives students and the community an ample opportunity to create original works, learn about the history of art movements and raise funds for local nonprofits in a friendly exhibition competition.