Many schools in New York City have suffered loss in arts education. Public libraries have also incurred budget set-backs. Enter Adarsh Alphons with a solution for both. Adarsh is passionate about art and education. “He has painted portraits for Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and the Pope, all because one art teacher perceived his passion for art, encouraged his aptitude and believed in him” (Project Art Website). He is so passionate about art that after being expelled from school at age 7 because he was drawing, and being encouraged by a teacher to keep drawing, he has started his own non-profit called Project Art: Through his vision, students in the city of New York get art in public libraries.
ProjectArt aims to level the playing field, particularly for youth from lower socioeconomic backgrounds by offering them a place to express themselves through art.