Gravity Inc. Arts initiative (Founder - Executive Director)
International Arts Movement
Watchung Arts Center (Board Member)
Solo's Project House (studio Residency)
The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation (Collorado College Teaching Assistant)
The Cats of Mirikitani: A transformational independant film documentary
Eighty-year-old Jimmy Mirikitani survived the trauma of WWII internment camps, Hiroshima, and homelessness by creating art. But when 9/11 threatens his life on the New York City streets and a local filmmaker brings him to her home, the two embark on a journey to confront Jimmy's painful past. An intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and the healing powers of friendship and art, this documentary won the Audience Award at its premiere in the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. Produced by lucid dreaming inc. in association with The Independent Television Service (ITVS) and The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) with funding provided by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding provided by The Japan Foundation, The New York State Council on the Arts, and private donors.
CHARITIES: A portion of all art sales are contributed to charitable causes.
New York Relief Buss
"The Relief Bus is a mobile resource center that serves the homeless, destitute, substance abuser, unemployed, and anyone in need. The Relief Bus, a converted school bus, is equipped with a food service unit and a counseling / referral office. We are prepared to meet people's basic needs at the first point of contact."
Exodus Transitional Community
Independent Film Lens - preview: Hard Road Home | PBS
"...In 1999, Julio opened Exodus Transitional Community in East Harlem, New York, to assist formerly incarcerated men and women as they integrate back into the community. His organization offers social, economic, educational and spiritual support to individuals in http://www.etcny.org/images/nav/nav_r1_c1.giftransition from incarceration, drug addiction and homelessness. Exodus's services include counseling, employment preparation, job, housing, health and education referrals, court and parole assistance, and computer training. The amazing thing about Exodus is that its staff consists entirely of ex-offenders or individuals directly affected by incarceration.
Exodus also provides HIV/AIDS education and referrals for the person released from prison and his or her partners, spouses, friends and families. Other activities include an after-school group with neighborhood youth and gang members and a speakers' bureau of formerly incarcerated persons who make presentations to raise public awareness about prison conditions and the impact of incarceration on individuals and communities. Its life-altering approach is based on a "contract," an assessment tool and action plan, by which participants evaluate their status in areas of family, physical well being, education/vocation, and community involvement. The self-evaluation is the basis for formulating goals and plans and encouraging each individual to take back control of his or her life...."
- Huffington Post
Market Street Mission
Emergency Assistance, Rehabilitation & Recovery
Sereves the homless and needy by supporting physical needs with food, shelter, clothing, and other necessities, and their emotional and spiritual needs with guidance and life change programs.
First Choice: Women's resouce center
First Choice Women’s Resource Centers has counseled more than 13,000 women in unplanned pregnancies and reached over 13,000 high school students through Straight Talk, our interactive abstinence presentation. Clients are served through three strategic locations in Morristown, Montclair and Jersey City, NJ and receive accurate information, select medical services, and support to help them make healthy decisions. First Choice provides all services free of charge. We rely on the volunteer efforts, financial support and dedicated prayer of men and women just like you.