Mission of Hope for the Disabled – Monrovia, Liberia

James Proud

James is attending Starz College and studying Information Technology with an emphasis in Graphic Design. He has had a passion for art and drawing all his life, and in 2015 he opened St. James GafixTec designing t-shirts for local schools and clients on his homemade screen printing press. His goal is to open a multipurpose business offering computer services and graphic design while training and employing other Mission of Hope students.

Daniel Kapu

Daniel is attending the Child Art Center of Liberia. He was born with amazing talent in art and architecture and is mostly self- taught, spending his life developing his skills. His goal is to use his education to start an Art Center at Mission of Hope that will inspire and train other young students from Mission of Hope and the surrounding community and make art available for sale to the public.

Joetta Togbah

Joetta is attending Cosmetology School to develop her eduction as a beautician. To this point she has been self-taught, but is in high demand in the community for hair braiding and makeup. She loves to put smiles on the faces of people, helping them realize that they are beautifully and wonderfully made by God. Her goal is to open her own salon and train and employ other Mission of Hope students to work there. 

Mathare Community Outreach – Mathare Valley, Kenya

Seth Oluvuyi Luchemo

Seth has been an IA Artist Mentor in music for the Mathare Art Camp the last five years. He graduated from Kenya Institute Management (KIM), with a diploma in Project Management. He had been a student at LEPTA, a CBO, where he undertook a program on leadership. After graduating at KIM, Seth was promoted to become a Program Assistant at Lepta Community.

Seth plays music in Church and is also a music and worship leader at Rehema Rescue Foundation. The foundation rescues teenage girls and keeps them at their care for two years of counseling and mentorship. The music, especially the worship, helps the girls to heal.

With a team of five people, Seth has managed to start a year-round Art camp program, where they advance development in the community, by training children, 8-15 years. The children are trained on music, singing, dance, playing instruments, drawing and painting. They also began mentoring classes. The program is called Recreation Factory School of Arts (RFSA).

Brian Odhiambo Onyango

Brian is 21 years old, currently a student at Mt. Kenya University, Nairobi Campus. He is studying Journalism & Mass Communication, specializing on videography, animation, editing and photography.

Brian cleared high school in 2016, after which he took a course in Food Production. He then proceeded for an industrial attachment in a local hotel for 4 months. Having gained experience, he joined a group of friends who had come together to form an Outside Catering firm. They prepared meals for weddings and corporate events.

Brian recently got employed at Blue Spring Hotel, as a cook. When the hotel gets busy over the weekend, he doubles up as a waiter.

Cassandra Julie Atieno Odhiambo

Cassandra, 20 years old cleared high school in 2017. She lives with both parents and younger siblings. Cassandra plans to study videography at the University of Nairobi. Cassandra also loves singing, which she did so much while in the school choir.

Yvonne Achieng Owino Asunnah

Yvonne is 25 years old and the eighth born in a family of ten comprising 5 boys and 5 girls. She is a brilliant fashion designer and model who recently launched the Mathare Creative Foundation (MCF) and her own brand “Yvonne Asunnah Kenya” in partnership with Inverted Arts. MCF is focused on mentoring and training youth from Kariobangi Children’s Home and Mathare Community Outreach in fashion design and creating fashion products and services for the local Kenyan market. She has also served as an Artist Mentor for the Mathare Art Camp for the past five years.  Yvonne is taking 2019 off to focus on MCF and her brand but will return to Buru Buru Institute of Fine Arts (BIFA) to finish her degree in 2020.

Twin Cities Scholarship, MN

Grace Johnson

Grace attends The King’s College in New York City, majoring in Media, Culture and the Arts. She plans to continue her focus on visual art and branch out into videography, photography and graphic design. Her future goals include using her art to positively influence the youth in her own Minneapolis community. Some of those dreams include starting a coffee and ice cream shop where kids can go and create. She calls it a place to create, to belong, and to enjoy!

Grace graduated​ from Hope Academy in Minneapolis, where she developed her love of sketching, painting and designing. Her influences range from E.H. Shepard to Vincent van Gogh to IA ARtist Mentor and friend Sarah Nelson. Grace has been involved with every artistic opportunity afforded to her including painting shoes, designing cards, and curating small art shows. She describes her art as taking real life objects or situations and adding an element of fantasy. Through her art she hopes viewers begin to see extraordinary glimpses in ordinary day-to-day life.

Grace has been part of Inverted Arts programs from the very beginning. As a middle schooler she participated in our Art Exploration Programs at Hope Academy, and later became a high school intern and assistant in the visual art class with Artist Mentor Sarah Nelson. She has exhibited her work in the IA Studio for the past three years of Art-a-Whirl, at our Winter Art Shows, and she has designed cards for our Christmas Card collections. In one of her first professional gigs, her design was selected as the official 2018 label for Wandering Collection Vineyard in Oyama, British Columbia! Also, check out her cool, hand-painted shoe designs at https://www.rockinsoles.com.

Shevon Greene

Shevon is attending Augsburg University in Minneapolis, majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Religion and Leadership Studies. She was born in Minneapolis, attended Hope Academy since Kindergarten and has been apart of Inverted Arts programs for seven years; first as a student, then as a music intern. One of her favorite hobbies is singing, and has performed for Hope Academy and Inverted Arts multiple times before. She sings in Augsburg’s A Cappella ensemble, adding two new minors onto my progress, Student Deacon and worship leader with the Campus Ministry program, and recently received an internship with Xcel Energy.

Dominican Republic – Santo Domingo

Adriel Charles Santos
IMG_1496 copy

Adriel Charles Santos is a Dominican boy, born in the town of Bayaguana (Monte Plata) on February 27, 1992. His father Joaquin Charles (now deceased) and mother Ysabel Cristina have two other sons, Michael and Azarias, and two daughters, Faustina and Miguelina. Adriel graduated from Liceo Nocturno Sebastian Lemba high school in San Antonio de Guerra where Adriel still resides.

His love for music began while watching his father play guitar, piano and accordion, and he was surrounded by musicians during his childhood years. At the age of twelve Adriel began studying piano at his church with a well-known local musician named Rodriguez who he still keeps in touch with. He was able to learn the piano quickly since he worked taking care of the church for eleven years and had much time to practice.

Now Adriel sings and writes songs, plays piano, guitar, bass and drums, and is learning to play the violin on his own. He also works as an assistant for the Palm Distribution Center.

Adriel is excited to begin classes at Estudio Dina in Santo Domingo in the fall of 2015 to study piano.

Past Recipients

Mathare Valley, Kenya

Rose Simbiri

Kenya Institute of Mass Communication – Television Program Production

Kevin Otieno Obambo

Africa Film and Television Training Institute – Film and TV production

Philister pic 2016

Philister Anyango Miruka

Kenya Technical Teachers College – Instructors Training Course part two in Garment Making Fashion and Design

Henry Aol

Inverted Arts partnered with Mathare Community Outreach supporting Henry as the school’s Art Teacher through 2018.

Winnie Aluoch Otieno

Zetech University – Social Work and Community Development

Minneapolis, MN

Rachel Kite

Minneapolis College of Art and Design – Graphic Design

Stephanie Aquino

University of Northwestern – Biology/Spanish/Photography