Drawn to Develop

by Heather on October 6, 2009

Ok, so you’re booked in to attend Flash Forward this Thursday and I’ve got something for you next Thursday as well.

In it’s second year, Drawn to Develop is a bang up party celebrating photography & philanthropy, and featuring fantastic prints from 42 top Canadian photographers on auction to benefit a good cause. The images are inspired by drawings from street survivors from around the world. All proceeds go back to Street Kids International, an organization committed to help kids get off the streets and on with their lives.

I wrote about this last year and was so pleased with the quality of the work and the passion with which the photographers threw themselves into this project, I will eagerly pony up the ticket price again this year.

Here are a couple of snaps from last year’s event:

Regina Garcia with her photograph.

Regina Garcia with her photograph.

Darren Klimek with his photograph.

Darren Klimek with his photograph.

This isn’t an easy assignment, here are a couple of drawings and stories from the D2D website:


Miriam M.

15 years old – Machakos, Kenya

“I was a street child and used to sell newspapers with my mother but when I joined Jitegemee back in 2007 my life has changed and I am now in form 2 and appreciate what Jitegemee had done to me since then. My drawing is me selling newspapers with my mother before I joined Jitegemee children’s program.”



16 years old – Kathmandu, Nepal

Sonam has lived on the streets for as long as he can remember. His drawings show aspects of the beauty that he sees in his country, contrasted with the life that he has experienced, making a living in and through the city’s garbage.

From the website:

Drawn To Develop (D2D) is a spectacular evening of hope and entertainment that features original photographic prints inspired by the drawings and stories of street youth from around the world.

The silent auction at the D2D gala offers guests the opportunity to take home an original, stunning piece of art while also making a meaningful contribution that will help transform someone’s life.

I love the idea of this fundraiser. Speaking with Finn O’Hara about it this morning, he talked about how rewarding it was to feel like he was able to actually apply his craft in a way that would benefit kids in need. Plus, for him it felt like a real collaboration between the child’s drawing he was given and himself. For more on his experience, check out his blog here.

So if you’re in town, come and support both the photographers who are working hard on this project and the kids who will ultimately benefit in the end. For more info and tickets, go here.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Jaime Hogge October 6, 2009 at 12:33 pm

I LOVE this idea, and the participants really do some awesome work. I hope there’s room for me to contribute next year!

danno October 8, 2009 at 11:37 am

i’ve been involved with a few fund raisers and charities and have been lucky to do so. it seems more often than not that when i find out about an event, it’s too late to get involve. i’d love to be involved in more as a way to give back, but there doesn’t seem to be a central ‘hub’ for any of these types of events.


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