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Completed Projects to Date:

  • Phuket, Thailand (July 2007) – Doowrong Wittaya School (School Affected by the 2004 Tsunami)
  • Dublin, Ireland (Aug 2007) – Cranford Elementary School (Inner City Children’s School)
  • Manila, Philippines – Nayon Kabataan Orphanage (Government-Run Orphanage for Street Children, Victims of Child Labor, Orphaned, Abandoned, and Physically Abused)
  • Sucre, Bolivia (April 2008) – Institute Psychopedigocico (Orphanage for Handicapped/Special Needs Children)
  • New Orleans, LA (Aug 2008) – Gauthier Elementary (Elementary School Being Re-Built After the Devastation Hurricane Katrina)
  • Los Angeles, CA (Oct 2008) – O.T.T.P Youth Center for Inner City Teens (Provides Counseling and Job Skills for Los Angeles Inner City Teens)
  • Atlanta, GA (Aug 2010) – Covenant House Georgia (Center for Homeless and Runaway Youth, as well s Victims of Human Trafficking)
  • Nosara, Costa Rica (Jan 2011) – Serapio Lopez Elementary School (Located next to the town jail where prisoners could look into children’s classrooms/ playground.)
  • Los Angeles, CA (Wilmington) (2012) – Gulf Avenue Elementary School (Title I, LAUSD Public School whose Demographics is mostly Minorities, Near the Port of Los Angeles)

Other Donation Projects:

  • Long Beach, CA (May 2005) - In 2005 Nichole donated a 15-foot mural to the Starview Foundation, a facility in Los Angeles for troubled children and teens.
  • Palos Verdes, CA (2006) - In 2006 Nichole donated another mural to the Palos Verdes Montessori School for their International Children’s Festival.
  • Redondo Beach, CA (2007) - Redondo Union High School “Ron Kooper” Art Scholarship - Nichole Blackburn donated a $1,000 scholarship to a student who was going into college to study Fine Art. Nichole’s mother matched the amount with another $1000 scholarship. Redondo Union High School was not only Nichole’s alma mater, but Ron Kooper was her influential art teacher.
  • Hermosa Art Walk (2010) “Featured Artist of the Year” - Nichole Blackburn was chosen as the featured artist of the 2010 Hermosa Art Walk. Located on the lawn of the Hermosa Civic Theatre, the Hermosa Art Walk is a huge community event bringing hundreds of fine artists and visitors together for a weekend of fun. Nichole painted a 40 foot live mural depicting the local lifestyle of Hermosa Beach, including the surf and beach community. Children and adults were encouraged to paint with Blackburn on the large mural, which was later donated to an inner city children’s group.
  • Every Monday Matters Foundation with Forest Whitaker (2010) - On behalf of Big Sky Countries, Nichole Blackburn donated her time and supplies to the “Every Monday Matters” event at Smashbox Studios in West Hollywood, CA. During the event Blackburn had participants “create” their own mini canvas painting, depicting the question: “What matters to you most?” This was a premier fundraising event that brought celebrities, companies, athletes, and families to raise much needed funds to bring Every Monday Matters programs to schools. The goal of this program is to empower youth through service-learning/ community outreach, character development, and establishing an understanding of significance and purpose.
  • Hermosa Beach (2011) - Summer “Concerts on the Beach” - Nichole Blackburn donated four 15foot murals during “live painting sessions” for the Hermosa Summer “Concerts on the Beach”. Children and youth were invited to paint and participate with Blackburn in this community event with themes ranging from “aquatic” to “pop art”.
  • 2012 and 2013 Manila Orphanage Visit and Party - Big Sky Countries brought volunteers and family together to re-visit the Nayon Kabataan Orphanage, which was where a donation mural was completed by Big Sky Countries in 2007. During both of these recent visits, the children and youth were treated to a day of fun featuring: a hip-hop dance instructor, face painting, games, and a party lunch including local favorite fried chicken, rice and bottled water. Most importantly, the kids were allowed to be kids!



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