EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO MEANINGFUL CREATIVE EXPERIENCES.
The I AM: International Foundation is a U.S.-based non-profit organization that works world-wide to provide opportunities for children and youth to explore identity through art and self-portrait photography. Since 2010, we have completed 42 projects in 25 countries and have reached over 3,000 individuals.
Based on the belief that everyone has the right to meaningful creative experiences, workshops held in schools, orphanages, community centers, special care facilities, and non-governmental organizations encourage each participant to gain an understanding of their value, potential, and beauty as a unique person. The I AM: Projects have worked with special needs children in Cambodia, victims of human trafficking in Thailand, orphans in Romania, genocide survivors in Rwanda and Bosnia, impoverished children in India and Ethiopia, and other under-recognized groups around the world.
The I AM: International film projects explore social and cultural issues through artistic documentaries that intend to educate, entertain, and evoke personal responses to the stories presented.
Photographs, artworks, and films have been exhibited internationally in galleries, museums, and contemporary art centers in cities such as Mumbai, Addis Ababa, Tel Aviv, Milan, Ulan Bator, Sao Paulo, Cannakale, Sarajevo, Beirut, and New York. The 2013 project, I AM: Mongolia is the subject of the award-winning documentary film, Water, Ice, Snow (2013 dir. Karim Raoul). The success of the projects has helped to increase the visibility of hard-working NGOs around the world while celebrating their children as extraordinary individuals. The foundation’s Homegrown Project Series acknowledges local needs through similar projects within the United States.
Sasha Sicurella is a Canadian arts education specialist, photographer, and filmmaker. With eighteen years of experience, she has taught art to grades Pre K-12 in both public and private American school systems. She is currently the Director of Education at Art Omi in Ghent, NY where she continues to develop and implement public, arts-based programming for people of all ages. She is a member of The International Society for Education Through Art (InSEA) whose purpose is to encourage and advance creative education through art, design, and crafts in all countries and promote international understanding. Sicurella received a BFA from the University of British Columbia and earned her MFA at NYU.