The Umbrella Project is a nonprofit global children’s art initiative. Our mission is to teach children they can make a difference when overwhelming events, such as earthquakes, war, floods or extreme poverty make them feel helpless. Our goal is to nurture children's creativity and to generate funds through their art for worthy endeavors that benefit children and families in communities around the world.
We partner with other nonprofit groups worldwide to support international communication and to teach children that by joining together we can promote global unity. Using a theme that inspires creativity, children paint in small groups on large white umbrellas with non-toxic fabric markers, sharing their artistic images with their communities and the world. The umbrellas are given for donation at exhibitions in a variety of venues with the money raised going back to a pre-designated cause in the community. Children gain self-esteem by knowing that the money raised with their one-of-a-kind artistic creations will benefit other children.
The Umbrella Project is a past winner of the President’s Points of Light Award.