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JULY 7, 2013
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International Public-Private Partnership To Bring “Faces of Diversity” To Medellin Artist Edwin Gil Returns Home On Philanthropic Mission With Group of Volunteers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – JULY 7, 2013 – In an extraordinary demonstration of philanthropy working beyond country borders, Charlotte businesses, AirTight, Rooster Communications and Toowell, have joined forces with Colombian based companies, Clamasan and Agro MAIS, to bring artist Edwin Gil’s Faces of Diversity initiative to the families and children of Medellin. Instrumental in this public-private partnership is SosPaisa – the foreign relations program created by the Mayor’s Office of Medellin – and Buen Comienzo (Healthy Start), the beneficiary of this public-private partnership.
“Our goal with this partnership is two-fold,” says Greg Crumpton, president and founder of AirTight. “We are able to support Edwin Gil and his Faces of Diversity as a cultural connector, while also shining a light on the important role that Buen Comienzo plays in some of poorest neighborhoods of Medellin. As the first line of defense against malnutrition and education problems, Buen Comienzo is more than just an assistance program; it’s a lifeline for the hundreds of families it serves.”
“By providing education, nutrition, and love to young mothers and families, Buen Comienzo helps communities thrive,” says Brian Cockman, president of Rooster Communications. “I was fortunate enough to tour some of the Buen Comienzo pre-schools in May, so I’ve seen firsthand how they create a nurturing environment for newborn babies all the way up to five years old. It’s my hope that people at home in the U.S. and Colombia will see how important early childhood education and parental support are in the future success of a child.”
“We are proud to support Edwin as he returns home to Medellin and brings his message of diversity, hope and resilience to the children and families of Buen Comienzo,” says Claudia Vargas, Managing Partner of Clamasan and Agro MAIS. “Strong families play a crucial role in the overall development of our children. With the tools Buen Comienzo provides families, these children may one day become the leaders of their communities in Colombia and across the world.”
Gil and volunteers from each company will conduct the Faces of Diversity program on Friday, August 2 at Jardín Infantil Buen Comienzo Belén – Altavista starting at 9am in order to collect thumbprints from children and families. From these thumbprints, he will make his Faces of Diversity art piece and present it in a special ceremony to government officials and the communities of Medellin at Jardín Infantil Buen Comienzo Carpinelo on Thursday, August 8 at 9am.

About Faces of Diversity: Faces of Diversity helps promote diversity and multicultural awareness through the arts by encouraging thoughtful conversation. It reaffirms a sense of unity between cultures by demonstrating how social well being is a human condition and something not specific to certain cultures. Contemporary, conceptual artist Edwin Gil creates a large piece of artwork using recycled glass and his propriety paint techniques featuring the face of one child. The face of this one child, however, is created using thumbprints from the thousands of participants at each particular event.

About Buen Comienzo: Buen Comienzo is a program from the Mayor of Medellin that serves children and their families during their first five years of life. They promote early childhood education and integral development that is diverse, inclusive and self-contained. They focus on families vulnerable to socio- economic factors through a joint interagency partnership with four departments (Social Inclusion and Family, Education, Health and Inder), as well as the n Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF), the Ministry of Education and private enterprise.

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