Your Support Makes it All Happen

YOUR HELP WITH IMPORTANT GUESTS
Recently, Visions of Hope helped host Rev. Dickens Anyati, Moses Otem and Patrick Okello from Otino Waa! Rev. Dickens prison visit and video interviews from them all, to encourage the inmate sponsors and artists. The kind words from each of these men will touch the lives of hundreds of inmates for months to come! Without your help this wouldn’t have been possible!

Dickens Anyati – Otino Waa Administrator who was instrumental in gathering the first 78 kids that formed Otino Waa in 2003. Dickens presented with Dale at our gallery opening “You think you know me, but let me show you who I really am,” April 6th at Four Rivers Center and Cultural Museum. Also, Dickens visited the men at Snake River Correctional Institute this week.

 

Moses Otem – Otino Waa Assistant Administrator, who was on the Uganda National Basketball Team, is a case worker and teaches sports at OTW.

 

 

 

Patrick Okello (19 yrs old) graduated from Otino Waa in 2016, participated in the Global Robotics Championship in Washington, DC 2017, and just finished A Level (Jr. college).

 

 

 

YOU INSTALLED A NEW INMATE ART GROUP
Deer Ridge Correctional is our newest prison to engage with. You played an important part of bringing this opportunity into realization! After only one general presentation at the facility, 15 artists asked to be included in an art group. Within weeks the group was organized and equipped with art supplies. They have only met three times, but are excited to know their efforts support the Otino Waa kids! Three of the artists are skilled in wood burning, so we included two burning kits in the initial art supply order. Thanks for helping us with all the basic supplies to get started. These guys are so excited!

 

YOU BROUGHT TWO CULTURES TOGETHER
The community of Ontario, Oregon and Snake River Correctional Institution are only six miles apart. One community cannot move beyond walls. The other sees the prison through the influence of TV programs depicting extreme violence and forced isolation.

Your support enabled Visions of Hope to partner with Four Rivers Cultural Center to present inmates in a different light. Using art, personal stories from inmates and video presenting a story of redemption, purpose and hope on two sides of the world, Ontario was given a refreshing glimpse into the connection between inmates and the children of Otino Waa. Your help made this possible!

Exhibit Opening April 6th in Ontario

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ontario, Ore. – Transforming lives through art is the epitome of “You think you know me, but let me show you who I really am ”— an art exhibit debuting at Four Rivers Cultural Center on April 6th inside the Harano Art Gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run… Continue Reading

Have You Ever Felt Imprisoned? (Part 2)

In the last blog post, we asked you an important question. Have you ever felt imprisoned? (We also asked for letters reflecting on your answers, and we still want to hear from you!) This time, we’d like to introduce you to some of our artist friends who are literally in prison. For them imprisonment is… Continue Reading

Do You Ever Feel Imprisoned?

There’s no shortage of sensationalized visions of what life is like in prison. From dark comedies to crime dramas to your news feed, life in prison has never been so popular. Unfortunately, many of us choose to define prison by what we see through the lens of popular culture. We are invited to imagine life… Continue Reading

First Friday Art Walk Fundraiser

ART IN THE ATRIUM – FRANKLIN CROSSING FINE ART EXHIBITION FIRST FRIDAY: DECEMBER 1, 2017 5 – 8 PM Let us know you’ll be there! Art in the Atrium, Franklin Crossing, First Friday, December 1, 5 – 8 pm exhibits artwork by inmates of Oregon correctional institutions with sales benefiting the Ugandan orphan children of… Continue Reading

What’s in a Name?

In many indigenous cultures, a name is a direct link to history, culture, and place. The Pan-African concept of ubuntu is a psychological framework that recognizes, “I am because you are.” Identity is a social construct at the most basic level. One’s name is not only the who associated with existence, but essentially the where… Continue Reading

A Season of Lament

Part 4 of 4: Back Home As with many organizations that rely on volunteers for support, summer can be especially challenging. Visions of Hope is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff, and summer tends to be a season when our board members spend time traveling or with family and friends. Our family is no… Continue Reading

What does it mean to be on mission?

On Mission with the Visions of Hope Board Chair written by Aaron Fry, Board Chair Aaron has recently returned from Otino Waa Children’s Village in northern Uganda. He was visiting the children and staff who are part of the inspiration for what we do, and the recipients of your donations and art purchase proceeds. (otinowaa.org) Part… Continue Reading

One Guitar’s Journey

On Mission with the Visions of Hope Board Chair written by Aaron Fry, Board Chair Aaron is currently traveling to Otino Waa Children’s Village in northern Uganda to visit the children and staff who are part of the inspiration for what we do and the recipients of your donations and art purchase proceeds. (otinowaa.org) Part… Continue Reading