The mission of herARTS in Action is to produce and sell environmentally friendly artwork that educates on global topics, creates social change, and in turn funds sustainability projects in Burkina Faso. The vision is that herARTS in Actioncontributes to the attainment of sustainable socioeconomic status, including education, employment, and health, for the women and children of Burkina Faso based on the stated need and desires of the people and in a manner respectful of the culture. The money raised from art sales and consulting services allows Sarah to return to the village of Tiebele in Burkina Faso to assist the women obtain healthy drinking water and education.
In high school Sarah was an artist, but set it aside for several years. As an adult she has worked on refugee, immigrant, and human rights topics. She has a Master’s of Science degree in Social Responsibility and her undergraduate degree focused on Ethnic Studies and Geography. Sarah has countless volunteer hours logged at community organizations, has served on the Board of Directors for Eftin, the Multicultural Center of Central MN, and the St. Cloud Area Somali Women’s Association, and is the Chair for the Refugee and Immigrant Equity Coalition.
Sarah took her first trip to Africa in the summer of 2011. She went to Burkina Faso in West Africa and fell in love with the people and places. The women and children in the village of Tiebele inspired Sarah to fundraise for projects that will lead to health, education, and sustainable economic status. Check out photos from Sarah’s first trip to Burkina Faso and her stay in the village of Tiebele.
Now Sarah combines her passions and uses art to educate and fundraise for the topics she works on. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota in the Curriculum & Instruction program with a focus in Culture & Teaching and her research will involve art as an education tool. In all of the work that Sarah does, it’s very important to her that she works with a community, not work for or impose upon said community.