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Imagine... a movement inspired by the arts to open the eyes of Americans to the plight of their own people. Imagine, through art, music and poetry, we are shining a much needed light on our own crisis: HOMELESSNESS

Art4TheHomeless was once a blog called Colors of Ink with Blogcharm, which closed down. Nutang, became the new home of Colors of Ink and was renamed Art4TheHomeless, by a really good friend, Samantha Medd. She is now the Co-Founder of Art4TH.

Now Art4TH is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization that unites artists of all venues to promote homeless awareness in the US.

Art4TH does this through the Art4TH Webzine, a monthly online magazine that features a musician whose music plays throughout the website, a feature artist, and a feature writer while also featuring a homeless relief organization. All artists featured retain their copyrights and all of it is free. If you would like to be a featured artist, musician, or writer contact me at johnnacrider@att.net



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Homeless at Christmas, 1993
Monday. 12.14.09 3:34 pm
Shreveport, LA 1993

My mother and I had just moved to Louisiana. We were staying at The Providence House. It was the Evergeen House then. We had been there since the week before Thanksgiving. I was being transferred into a new school, in a new state. This wasn't new to me though. I had moved around so much as a child, my mother wanted to keep us off the streets.

I knew that I wasn't going to get anything for Christmas because Santa didn't know where we were.

The shelter had a huge Christmas tree in the family room with presents under the tree but not real presents--only decoration.

I remember being in the family room on Christmas Eve. It was in the afternoon. Christmas dinner was being served and KSLA News 12 was blaring on the TV about Santa's leaving the North Pole. Someone was playing Christmas carols on the piano.

My mother and I ate and went to our little room. We shared a bathroom with another family. Later that night, Mom was asleep. There was a tap on our bathroom door. It was one of the other kids.

"Santa's coming! Let's go down!"

I remember hesitating. We weren't supposed to be out of our rooms after nine--or ten--I can't remember.

I went with Deedee and her brother and we silently padded down to the stairs. So far, no one spotted us. I opened the door to the main hall and the three of us softly went down the stairs. It was slow because we wanted to be quiet. I still didn't think Santa was going to find us.

Cold air greeted us. Someone was holding the door open. We heard people talking. We continued on down the stairs and finally saw what was going on: There were several of Santa Clauses of all shapes and sizes bringing in huge black trash bags full of stuff.

Deedee, Matt and I sat there for a couple of hours watching them bring in the bags. I remember telling them that perhaps Santa knew the other families were here but my mother didn't have a chance to inform him that we were here. Deedee said that she would share her gifts with me if we didn't get anything. I just knew there was no way I could have a present because we had no family and no one to know where we were.

Finally, the Santa Clauses started to leave and one of them noticed us. Deedee and Matt bolted. Santa looked at me and smiled. He held his finger to his lips as if to say, "I won't tell anyone that you are down here," winked and walked out the door.

I ran up the stairs to where Deedee and Matt were. They asked me what had happened and I told them.

We all went back to our rooms where our mothers were waiting on us. My mom scolded me and their mom scolded them. It wasn't too bad since we didn't get caught by any of the staff and after we told our parents what we saw and that Santa smiled and winked at me, we knew we weren't in any trouble.

I finally went to sleep. Mom and I were woken up by someone pounding on the door.

The staff were singing Christmas carols and yelling "Merry Christmas!"

Mom said, "Johnna, look!" as someone brought us seven huge bags of gifts. I heard Deedee and Matt squealing in the room next to us. I couldn't speak. There were several of presents with my NAME on them! Not just random gifts but gifts with my NAME on them.

Deedee came and said "I TOLD you! He would find you!"

Many of the presents were jigsaw puzzles with like 5,000 pieces. There was one beautiful glass babydoll. There were clothes, Barbies, and tons of stuffed animals.

I had more toys than I ever had any Christmas. I remember jumping up and down, crying and screaming--with joy.

We went to breakfast for Christmas morning and later on there were more people with food and candy.

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Art4TH has been featured in this blog
Monday. 11.30.09 7:48 am
Joy Lynn Rosser aka Elf donated this art image to Art4TheHomeless to help us raise money to cover the IRS Tax Exemption fee of $350. Her piece, Something Fishy, was one of the pieces that I put in the Art4TH Etsy gallery. It has been featured. To see it to here:
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http://alexandersdesigns.blogspot.com/2009/11/craft-patch-craft-show-lees-summit-mo.html

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Thanksgiving
Tuesday. 11.24.09 1:09 pm
So much has been going on but I want to take the time to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving and just remind everyone that it's all about those special people in our lives and also to remind us that we all have a purpose in being here. God is with us. Or Allah, or whoever you may believe in.

Art4TH News:

Art4TH has raised $100 going toward the $350 IRS Tax Exemption fee and Nancy's Pizza in Atlanta, my job, is sponsoring me to help me cover some of the rest. If you buy any of these specials, ten percent (10%) of each sale will go toward the IRS Tax Exemption fee. Here are the specials :

Buy 1 Topping Thin Crust Pizza with a 2 Liter for $17; 1 Topping Thin Crust Pizza with a 2 Liter AND AN ORDER OF BREADSTICK for $19; OR a 1 Topping DEEP DISH pizza and 2 Liter for $19. This is only valid at Nancy's Pizza on 265 Ponce De Leon in Atlanta. You can call them and order at 404-885-9199 if you are in the area.

Art4TH wants to announce our Board of Directors and Officers:
Board:
Johnna Crider
Yvette Dubel
Denise Thompson

Officers
President: Johnna Crider
Treasurer: Johnna Crider( position is open and I will fill it until someone else does)
Secretary: Johnnie Crider
Literary Liaison: Was Gabriel Averett but he voluntery stepped down in order to make time for his school projects. I will fill it until we have another one. THIS POSITION IS OPEN
Visual Artists Liaison: Paola DeGiovanni
Performing Artists Liaison: Hart Deer.

PERFORMING ARTISTS LIAISON Hart Deer is scheduled to perform a benefit concert for Art4TH and 3 other charities on December 6 at the Red Light Cafe. Tickets are only $10. To learn more about the concert go here: http://apps.facebook.com/event.php?eid=175712256491&ref=share

Now it's off to shower and get ready for the Thanksgiving dinner at my job. I am bring brownies :)

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Concert to benefit local Atlanta Charities including Art4TheHomeless
Thursday. 11.19.09 1:48 am
From:

Hart Deer, a musician friend of mine:



"I'm going to gig at Red Light on December 6th and presell tickets for $10 a piece. I'm working with a promoter, but I will donate ALL of my share of the proceeds towards select non-profit entities. Please consider purchasing a presell ticket from here as there will be NO tickets at the door:

http://tinyurl.com/seehartatredlight

I'll be raising money for:

Art4TheHomeless
Agape Community Center
Covenant House

And a little seed money for a non-profit collaboration I'm doing with some friends called The Church of Rock and Roll, which will do big secret things that everyone would like if they knew what.

If you've never been to Red Light before, it's a great place. Wonderful food, board games, and strange beautiful music. I'm encouraging my own little crowd to commune with each other and make some new friends, as my own crowd are the best people ever.

After the show we can all hang out, philosophize over some beers (or tea), and it will be a grand evening.

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Art4TH accused of being a fraud
Tuesday. 11.17.09 1:16 am
Just recently, I found out that a friend of mine isn't really a friend. She slandered not only me, but claimed to have been the founder of Art4TH, claims to have had a business plan for five year business plan. There's more. She was recorded on tape saying these things and I am posting the link to the video here so YOU members and friends of Art4TH can hear her voice. She may have stabbed me in the back, but she still has a voice and has her rights. She wants to be heard so let's hear her. Click here to watch the video


http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1080366828139&ref=mf

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Thursday. 11.12.09 9:10 pm
I am feeling so positive today! I do want to share the joy with everyone. Today has been a great day--great report from the doctors visit--well her coumidan levels were a tad bit on the high side but that means that her bloods thin enough to get that clot out but its back to normal or will be :)

Art4TH is doing great. I printed out the IRS 1023 form and have been working on it. I am not going to send it off or date it until the full $350 is raised but I am almost at $100 with only $250 more to go and it WILL come.

Earlier this week, I was feeling discouraged, wondering where the money will come from, wondering if my mother will be okay, things like that. I put it out of my mind and focus on the good things--not just the things I am trying to do, but the blessings in my life--we have shelter, food, clothing, health, I have a job, means to create, and we have friends who support us. What I have is priceless and I am not going to take it for granted. I thank God, the Creator, for His divine gifts, and want to send some of these positive vibes to everyone who reads my blog.

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Art4TH needs your help!
Wednesday. 11.11.09 5:21 pm
Art4TH wants to become a 501c3 Nonprofit and has already taken the first step: Incorporating Art4TH with the State of GA. Now here come's the next step: File form 1023 with the IRS and pay $350 for the filing fee. Right now, Art4TH has around $80 raised going toward that goal: we need $272 more and Art4TH is selling digital art prints for $2.00 to raise some of the money. Also, Art4TH is taking donations. Donations WILL be tax deductible ONLY AFTER IRS Confirmation of 501c3 Nonprofit status.

If you wish to purchase $2.00 prints from Art4TH go to http://art4thehomeless.etsy.com

IF YOU WISH TO MAKE A DONATION go to
http://www.art4thehomeless.org/page/donations-2

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It could be you
Monday. 11.9.09 4:23 pm
I feel inspired to write about this today. Many people don't realize that the homeless, is not just the average panhandler on the train or at the library begging for change. I see them everyday here in Atlanta, but the City of Atlanta has no love for the homeless. The homeless, to them, are the crack addicts who attack the tourists, who dirty the streets with their stench, who have shooting sprees at night by the main shelter: and YOU can't tell me they don't because I live by the shelter. America sees the homeless as a disease when in reality IT COULD BE YOU. Many Americans are ONE PAYCHECK AWAY FROM BEING HOMELESS. I was homeless when I was nine years old but I AM NO DISEASE. We need to change the way America sees the homeless.

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