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A Conversation with the French Artist and Educator Zoe Maogany

“Everyone, with no exception, used to be an artist when we were children.” – Zoe Maogany

A perfect day for me is sitting outside a cafe, sipping on espresso, and chatting about life and art. This is exactly the opportunity I had a few days ago when I met with Zoe Maogany, a French artist from Paris.

A few years back, Zoe began sponsoring several children at the Tibetans Children's Village, home to more than 2,500 Tibetan refugee orphans. One day she took it upon herself to ask the principle if she could help teach the children painting. Zoe's Painting Studio was born and now she teaches art to more than 700 children. Her teaching combines movement, helping the children trust their intuition, and breaking through creative blocks, all in the name of self expression. Zoe's Studio has now become just one aspect of her vision of education through the arts under the umbrella of a charitable trust she has created called Seeds of Artists. 

Zoe earns her living through her art work, what she makes goes back into the children's painting studio, and so far all of the costs for the painting studio have been self-funded. When her new Web sites are live, I will post them. 

In the mean time, you can stay abreast of what Zoe is doing and find out when her Web sites will be launched by liking Zoe's Painting Studio on Facebook. You can also learn more about how to make a difference in a child's life by sponosoring a child at the Tibetan Children's Village.

Zoe with children in her painting studio at the Tibetan Children's Village. Having the paint in the middle of the room creates constant flow and motion.

Theme song by my friends, The Airresponsibles. Additional songs by the Icelandic band Sigur Ros, which include Sven g englar and Milano.

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