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Through the Eyes of Raul Espinoza at Kawsay Art Show

Photography aficionados surround Espinoza

Photography aficionados surround Espinoza

Award-winning travel photographer Raul Espinoza has accomplished many things in his life that he should be proud. But at his Kawsay art show that featured photos of a five-year travel from many parts of the world including Japan, Thailand, Spain and many more – Espinoza was able to donate 80 percent of his proceeds to a non-profit youth program in Brooklyn.

Espinoza, who was born in Bolivia and raised in New York, named the show Kawsay – a word that means “life” in Quechua, an indigenous language spoken in Espinoza’s native country.

“I don’t want to just have a gallery show of my art,” says Espinoza on the press release that announced his very first art showing. “I want my art to connect viewers to the beauty of the world while making a difference in [people’s] lives.”

“The world is much bigger than what we make of it. Often we are imprisoned by the way we view reality. Through this visual journey, I hope to evoke curiosity and invite people to explore alternative perspectives and global lifestyles.”

Espinoza, who is also a life coach and a role model for all ages, will donate 80 percent of the art show’s proceeds to Coney Island Generation Gap, a non-profit organization in Brooklyn that helps “build… leaders in their community by making a tangible difference through media”.

Motivated youth of the Coney Island Generation Gap

Motivated youth of the Coney Island Generation Gap

“Absolutely,” says Espinoza emphatically when asked if the show was a success. “Absolutely, absolutely, absolutely. All of the prints displayed have been sold and prints are being ordered because of the success of the show,” says Espinoza.

Plus, his gofundme.com/kawsay campaign has already earned more than 40 percent of his $10,000 donation request. Still, people can continue to donate at the website until the goal is fully accomplished.

Kawsay Art Show Raul Espinoza

Photography aficionados of all ages came out to witness the photographic documents that “convey the notion that we are not bounded by our circumstances,” at Drift Studios in Greenwich Village.

Kawsay Raul Espinoza

“I’m not only thrilled that people appreciate my art, which are my photos, but that the images that mean so much to me also are touching people in a meaningful way.”

Check out the photos of Raul Espinoza’s Kawsay Art Show:

Photographer Raul Espinoza of Kasway Art Show

Photographer Raul Espinoza of Kasway Art Show

Checking out the Kawsay photo book

Checking out the Kawsay photo book

Kawsay Raul Espinoza

Kawsay Raul Espinoza

Kawsay Raul Espinoza

Kawsay Art Show Raul Espinoza

Photography aficionados surround Espinoza

Photography aficionados surround Espinoza

Kasway Art Book: "An Exploration of Life" by Raul Espinoza

Kasway Art Book: “An Exploration of Life” by Raul Espinoza

Kawsay Raul Espinoza

Kawsay Raul Espinoza

Milagros Day Worldwide: Turning Abuse into Success

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It is hard to believe that domestic violence exists and sometimes nothing is done about it until it is too late. There are not only women, but men and families that are affected by domestic violence and may not even have someone to talk to or share their feelings with.

Milagros Day Worldwide is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to turning abuse into success. Its mission is to provide personal growth and development to survivors that grew up in abusive households. Every mother’s day, the Milagros Day organization walks across the Brooklyn Bridge to bring awareness about domestic violence from behind close doors, leave your pasts behind you and feel free.

The event began with having everyone stand in a circle and listen to the introductions given by Dawn Diaz, Founder/CEO of Milagros Day Worldwide. As Diaz talked, she explained that the world “milagros” means miracle and that we should love and honor our mother. When asked what word that someone would want to take away from her speech if nothing else and she replied, “GRATITUDE! One of our Milagros Day Worldwide declarations is “I am Thankful for ALL my Experiences, they are Part of a Plan! What that phrase represents is that no matter what you have been through in life, it is important to see the lessons, growth and blessings that often come out of the most difficult situations if you maintain your faith!”.

After the introductions and speeches, the group proceeded to walk together across the Brooklyn Bridge and leave the past behind us and look towards a brighter future.

Once in Brooklyn, there was various entertainment to symbolize the stories about the those who have been a victim of domestic violence. These included interpretive dancing, bands, songs, poems and more. This was the time for the participants to feel free and be able to hear stories that were related to them or knew of other people that were affected by domestic violence.

The take away from the event was that domestic violence is real, but educating the children and everyone around us that something can be done about it like holding events to bring awareness to the cause. More information about the organization can be found at www.milagrosday.org.