"Art to stir the conscience of our nation for the emergence of a compassionate generation."
Artist, Mark Barone, has created a stirring collection of 5500 portraits of shelter dogs, (illustrating the approximate number destroyed everyday) and works with his partner, Marina Dervan, to run their charity (An Act of Dog) that's using the power of art for social change. PBS have been filming their journey for an upcoming documentary and Oprah is covering them next!
Their ultimate goal is to create a "Museum of Compassion" to house these paintings and provide an interactive platform & international educational center to engage kids from schools/universities in participating in creating purpose driven artwork.
Currently, they are working with schools to develop hands-on painting/etching/woodcut projects; showing them how to create art for social change and work for a cause. By turning their works into beautiful products and showing them how to build social campaigns to raise awareness and funds for their cause, An Act of Dog is helping them to save more lives and leading the way towards a more compassionionate world.
Mark has been an Artist for over 30 years, with his work featured in top art publications, awarded and exhibited throughout America, with much of his work hanging in private and corporation collections all over the World.
In addition to this his art career, Mark is the CEO of "ArtSmartCities" and a national award winning Consultant to cities across America, showing them how to use the arts to revitalize blighted neighborhoods, and is revered for his successful creation and implementation of the “Paducah Artist Relocation Program,” in Paducah, Kentucky. This cutting edge program won the Governor’s Award in the Arts, the Kentucky Chapter of the American Planning Association Distinguished Planning Award, the Kentucky Earth Day Award for Preservation, the national award from the American Planning Association for a Special Community Initiative, and the Rudy Bruner award for Urban Excellence.