Paint the World began as an experiment. Bethany Halbreich and a few friends wanted to co-create something, so they purchased a few blank canvases and art supplies, and started painting. They found the experience therapeutic and began to think about what a difference this simple activity could make if widely spread.
Our mission’s roots
In August 2015, Bethany decided to experiment with the idea further so she secured large blank canvases and art supplies at an art festival in the Nevada desert. Her aim was to spark spontaneous creativity and bring people together around a collaborative art experience. The set-ups were always left on their own, without supervision, allowing freedom and space for anything to happen. People flocked to the canvases; those who had never painted before and those who were compelled in the moment to feel their creativity take over the direction of the paintbrush. Observing this experience manifest and watching the creativity it inspired made Bethany think of all the possibilities that could evolve. She thought: What if we scaled this? What if a blank canvas appeared in communities that have limited access to art supplies & art education?
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Andrew is passionate about enacting social change through the arts. He has worked with the New York State Division of Human Rights and has volunteered with the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts as well as with the Copyright Society of the United States of America. Andrew has most recently worked as a production manager and previously special projects fellow at New York Law School. Prior to that he was an operations manager at Casarsa Designs. Andrew has always been inspired by a desire to understand how people come together to achieve great things. He believes that truly profound innovations are born out of collaboration.
An ardent supporter of exchanging experiences and ideas, Andrew loves traveling and learning about the communities he visits. From attending a traditional Khmer wedding in a small Cambodian village to installing an internship program at Dacheng LLC while serving as a law clerk, and from supporting local artists in NYC, Andrew has come to understand that gaining new perspectives is one of the cornerstones of a fulfilled life.