Michael is a junior in High School in the Plano/Dallas, TX region. Along with Athena Chen, he co-founded an organization, Paint the World, a student-run organization which brings artistic and creative opportunities to underprivileged youth. Once or twice a month from September to March, Michael, Athena and a team of over 50 volunteers visit children in orphanages, shelters, and elementary schools to spend the day painting, drawing, and promoting visual and performance art as a means of expression, reflection, and creativity. Paint the World brings materials such as paint, watercolor paper, brushes, and other mediums for crafts along with some high school dancers to promote artistic ventures through trial and error and hands-on experience. Want to get really inspired? Check out their application video!
GRANT AWARD DATE: JANUARY 2, 2013