We exist to bring smiles into the world.
In everything we do, we try to connect. The arts help shape personal and global culture. They provide clues to tackle challenges and engage in improving the state of the world, whether in a small neighborhood or on a grand scale. We trust in the potential of experience to illicit more empathy, birth new ideas, shift our perceptions and lead to action. We understand that the role of art is to make discomfort more comfortable.
We create art and performance and use it to assist others, whether they be homeless veterans, marginalized families or other artists struggling to do their work.
Since 1994, the Living Arts Corporation has produced 50 original theatrical performances, performed in over 500 schools around the nation, distributed 10,000 + books to rural children, supplied living and studio space to 15 visual artists, hosted 50 art exhibitions, provided grants for research and creative projects, entertained the public with 20 ft. puppets commissioned from Carnival artists in Trinidad, West Indies, and partnered with major retail chains to deliver over $600,000 of home goods to marginalized families, veterans and people in crisis. In 2015 we conceived of the Soul Shoe Project to assist in raising awareness and engagement to stop the silence around the fact that a child dies a violent death every 5 minutes.
We believe in the innate human desire to give. 100% of our proceeds go directly into our projects.
We are a small 501 (c)(3) charitable organization registered as The Mode Theatre Living Arts Corporation, DBA Living Arts Corporation.
Soul Shoe Project - A child dies violently every 5 minutes. A community folk art project to bring awareness to children living in danger. Ordinary people making extraordinary shoes in honor of a child that died violently. We show the world the shoes, exhibit them in public places, and quietly engage with our hands & hearts to stop the silence.
Soul Shoes - We talked about the ways in which children survive everyday in ways that we could never possibly relate to. They decided it would be cool to create shoes as organically as possible to represent the earth and the way in which no matter what, no matter who we are, we walk on its soil everyday. The material choices also symbolised simplicity as some kids were quite aware that there are many children in the world that live with nothing. - Sylvie Meltzer, Ningbo China
Engage with your hands and hearts. Make shoes for the Soul Shoe Project
Soul Shoes by Holly Cagle, Houston, Texas
Soul Shoes. Make Noise. Stop the Silence. A child dies every 5 minutes from violence.
Soul Shoes by Kate Arena - They are dedicated to the unloved, impoverished, lonely children of the world - in a spirit of gratitude for the cherished lives of my grandsons.
All Nets Have Holes - An evening of deliciously wicked & heartfelt dramas
Soul Shoes first performance & fundraiser- All Nets Have Holes
In May, 2015, we gathered to learn about the Soul Shoes Project and share the one-woman performance All Nets Have Holes. Our little salon space was filled with guests from Instanbul, Turkey, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and Loveland, Denver, Fort Collins, Golden and Estes Park, Colorado. Soul Shoe makers Mike Sheridan and Clare Arena Haden introduced the shoes they had made with their sons and actress Clare Arena Haden jumped into the performance to masterfully sing a lullaby and interact with Jinx Davis’s final dramatic character. Our audience was splendid, energetic, generous, supportive, intelligent…and best of all they got it…and many promised to make shoes! We thank each of them.
Never seen anything like this. So much energy, love, emotion, craft, talent and intelligence. We were in awe. Clare was wonderful and we were so impressed with how she improvised with you. You are lucky to have such incredibly talented friends. You and Andy were so generous and we truly have never experienced an evening like this in our lives. Thank you, Jinx. – M and L
We are editing videos of Clare’s tender lullaby and Mike’s earnest explanation of his Soul Shoes. Coming soon!
Unicef: Violence kills child every five minutes
In its report “Children in Danger: Act to End Violence against Children” – published to mark the launch of the Children in Danger campaign – the organization reveals that the vast majority of children are killed outside warzones and that physical, sexual and emotional abuse is widespread with millions of children unsafe in their homes, schools and communities. Some 345 children could die from violence each day in the next year, unless governments act.
The report also finds that:
- Children who are victims of violence have brain activity similar to soldiers exposed to combat.
- A third of children who are victims of violence are likely to develop long-lasting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Those living in poverty are more likely to be victims of violence, wherever they live in the world.
- Over 75% of child deaths due to violence each day are the result of interpersonal violence, rather than conflict.
In the foreword to the report, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, a long term campaigner for justice in the UK, writes:
“This epidemic of violence against children feeds off silence. It grows when we soundlessly accept that this is just the way things are. Every five minutes, somewhere across the globe, a family loses a son or daughter to violence. This is intolerable – it must stop.”
Details for our Kickstarter campaign and The Soul Shoe Project will be announced soon.
Ponder the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Get ready to make your shoes.
The Soul Shoe Project
Reject the Silence. Walk in the kid’s shoes. Think. Engage. Put your hands into your thoughts. Make a shoe statement. Transform a shoe. Share your shoes. Help wake us up.
- Children experience extreme violence in everyday life, everywhere.
- Most of of the deaths occur outside war zones.
- Millions of young people under the age of 20 feel unsafe in their homes, schools and communities.
- About 75 percent of the estimated 345 violent deaths that occur daily happen in countries at peace.
- 345 children under 20 could die from violence each day in the next year unless governments around the world take action.
- Children living in poverty are more likely to be the vicims of violence.
- Only 41 countries have an explicit ban on violence against children.
- No nation is currently able to provide children with the full protection they need.
- Widespread international action to end all forms of violence, including abuse, exploitation, trafficking and torture, is desperately — and immediately — needed.
- 75% of child deaths due to violence each day are the result of interpersonal violence, rather than conflict.
- Nearly 10,000 American children are injured or killed by guns every year.
“The wake-up call is to say this is happening in your backyard, this is happening around the corner, this is happening across the ocean and we need to take charge and do something about it.” Susan Bissell, global head of child protection for Unicef