Can the beauty of art destroy the ugliness of child trafficking? Can one person--one artist--make a difference to help stop this global crime?
In fact, beautiful artwork is at the center of the Born to Fly Project to stop child trafficking: a wordless book with delightful illustrations by artist/illustrator Leah Wiedemer.
Thanks to Leah's wonderful illustrations, anyone anywhere in the world will be able to "read" the book--no matter what their language, age, or culture.
Called Born to Fly, the book is an allegory about learning to follow your dreams in a safe and secure manner. Picture by picture, Leah's artwork warns parents about the ploys that traffickers use, and tells kids of all ages, "You were born to fly; don't settle for less."
Social (He)Art, the artists blog, just did a great profile on Leah. Read what Leah says about using her art to fight for social justice. It's inspiring.
Leah and I have collaborated on other children's projects, including the Adventures With PawPaw children's book series, which Leah illustrated and I wrote. You can see more of Leah's work (including her portraits from old family photos) on her blog, website, and CafePress store, and you can follow her on Twitter at @RoamingArtist
Very soon you'll get a sneak preview right here of Leah's illustrations for our wordless book. We're keeping them undercover for now...but watch this space for the grand unveiling!