"There are so many children with hearts so big and full of love, but that do not receive all they need for living. We are so privileged to be able to bring these beautiful children the supplies they need to avert the pinch of poverty."
KIM WEBER is passionate about using her love of art to help those less fortunate. She volunteers in Mexico, where her mother was born, and provides art supplies to poverty-stricken children to encourage them to be creative and create a better future for themselves.
We LOVE your mission, Kim! Thank you for doing what you do.
Every Ella: Tell us a bit about yourself.
I absolutely love every form of art! Some of my favorites being painting, photography, and playing guitar. I am currently studying Business and Art at Azusa Pacific University, where I will be finishing my senior year this spring. I think that studying business and art are a fun combo, because despite being very different, they mix well together.
How long have you been doing art?
I always played around with art, but I've been taking it more seriously for the past 4 years.
Do you sell your artwork? Is it available online?
Yes I do! I sell paintings and commissioned work. I also sell pre printed designs on a variety of things like stickers and shirts. I even made some temporary tattoos! You can find everything I am currently selling at www.KimRoseArt.com/shop.
Can you tell us a little bit about your Mexico Mission?
My Mexico Mission is at the heart of what inspires and encourages me to grow my business. In addition to donating 10% of profits directly to orphanages, we fundraise to bring food and clothing donations to areas around Tijuana, Mexico.
How did you get involved with this program?
I have always been involved in going to Mexico. My mom was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. Being fluent in spanish, she would always be the translator for our church when we went on mission trips. As a young girl, I would get to see her really help people who needed it. This hugely inspired me to carry in her footsteps and strive to help others as much as she did.
The reason I chose orphanages was because of the stories my mom would tell me of when she was younger. Despite the fact that her and her family grew up in poverty, she said “we didn’t know we were poor." One of the main reasons was because there was a small school nearby that offered free acting classes, art supplies, and a meal for all kids. Directly after school and up till dinner time, my mom and her sisters would spend their time there. In doing this, they were not just having fun. They were building a strong foundation for a brighter future by exploring their own creativity, building confidence in themselves, and staying away from alternatives such as drugs and alcohol. There are so many children with hearts so big and full of love, but that do not receive all they need for living. We are so privileged to be able to bring these beautiful children the supplies they need to avert the pinch of poverty.
What are the goals of this program?
The goals are primarily to bring donations (food, clothing, money) to orphanages near the Tijuana border. This is so that we might help in providing a brighter future for the children near the border. In addition to this, our goal is to also raise awareness of the need that is so close to us. The more people are aware, the more likely they are to want to help themselves and get involved in helping others.
What is it about this particular mission that you’re so passionate about?
About giving children the same opportunities my mom and her sisters were given when they were kids. It’s more than just providing art supplies, it is promoting creativity and a brighter future.
Has there been one child in particular who has inspired you?
Every smiling face & beautiful eyes full of love have inspired me. I couldn't pick a favorite, because they are all so loving and inspiring.
What are your personal goals and ambitions for your future?
To continue my art and grow the business. As the business grows, so will the awareness of need so close to our (CA) borders.
Sell art to those who appreciate it, give art to kids who need it.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I painted a mural in Topanga canyon, that took me a week to complete. In return, I received a very generous donation for Mexico. This money given directly to El Niño in Tijuana, Mexico.
What advice would you give to girls today?
It may not always seem like it, but we are so incredibly blessed. If you are reading this right now, you most likely have access to clean water, food, shelter, and companionship (be it family, friends, etc…) Acknowledge how blessed you are. You do not have to drastically change your lifestyle. It could be as simple as changing the way you think. Not taking things for granted, but being thankful.
Get out there and see how you can help others. This can happen in a variety of ways, and be anything from going to Africa, to helping your friend who is going through a tough time.
Play with art! Even if it’s not your thing, you may find you like it way more than you thought.