Sarah Geller

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Short Description: 

Sarah started Arts Education International, which provides art therapy programs for children orphaned by AIDS in Ghana and children who were child soldiers in Sierra Leone through immersive, sustainable and community-based arts programs.

Winner/Finalist Info
Finalist or Winner: 
Finalist
State: 
CA
Describe what this winner does/did: 
During college, Sarah traveled to Trinidad and began teaching music to children who had either been abandoned by their drug-abusing parents or orphaned by the AIDS epidemic—all had been exploited, neglected, and abused. Sarah was amazed at the dramatic change in her students’ behavior when given the tools to express themselves through the arts. Inspired to reach more children, she started Arts Education International, which provides art therapy programs for children orphaned by AIDS in Ghana and children who were child soldiers in Sierra Leone through immersive, sustainable and community-based arts programs. AEI currently employs 50 artists—most of whom are AEI graduates—to teach indigenous art to over 700 children in Ghana and Sierra Leone.
Year in which award/grant was awarded: 
2011