Rogue Foundation is socially conscious organization founded by Rogue Space | Chelsea gallery owner and documentary filmmaker Kevin O'Hanlon. Rogue Foundation's goal is to empower underserved children in conflict zones and challenged environments around the world through creativity and creative solution finding.

Current project – I Am Congo

 

Congo

 

Continuing its mission working with children in conflict zones, Rogue Foundation will be working in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo in October collaborating with and supporting the NGO Camme.

Children coming to CAMME have often been the victims of traumatic events that are too horrible for most of us to imagine. Forced conscription as child soldiers, sexual assault, starvation, begging on the street, and more. Recovering from these horrific events is a long process, and by no means an easy one.

An exhibition of the children's work is planned at Rogue Space | Chelsea for December.

Each Rogue Foundation project's intent is to provide children with the materials, encouragement and outlet to express at a critical time in their lives and to support their further education.

I Am Syria

 

Rogue Foundation completed an art project with boys and girls at refugee camps on the Syrian-Lebanese border at the end of November, collaborating with NGO Relief and Reconciliation for Syria.

Expanding on I Am Haiti and I Am Afghanistan, the I Am Syria project specifically assisted R&R Syria's program of trauma support for children who have been affected by the conflict. A benefit exhibition took place at Rogue Space | Chelsea in March.

I Am Afghanistan


Rogue Foundation traveled to Afghanistan to Le Pelican School in Kabul, a bastion to Hazarra children. The Hazarra are the the most persecuted ethnic group in that region and simply attending school can be a threatening experience, especially for girls.

 

The paintings the children created for the show depict the lands and homes they were forced to leave behind. Other paintings conjure new homes they wish they could inhabit someday.For Hazara children, an education, especially for women, is considered an impossible dream.

 

The proceeds from the I Am Afghanistan exhibition helped fund Le Pelican's mission of helping Afghan children in need.

I Am Haiti 

 

 

“Home”, New York

Most recently Rogue Foundation collaborated with Art Start in working with children living in homeless shelters in New York.

Artists from around the world were invited to donate works created around the theme of Home. We supplied art supplies for the Art Start family of children to paint their vision of home.

The ensuing exhibition at Rogue Space | Chelsea benefited a series of workshops for the children with established Chelsea artists, currently in process.Upcoming projects are scheduled in Dhaka, Bangladesh and the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burma.

New Documentary Series – Drawing Hope

Reporting back from the frontiers of creativity

Drawing Hope is a new documentary series focusing on creativity as a positive response in some of the world’s most challenging environments. Directed by filmmaker Kevin O’Hanlon, the series introduces us to political climates around the world through the daily personal experience of a selected creative. Each episode reveals their creative inclinations and processes and how they are shaped by the conflict they witness. Creative resilience is constantly reinforced as a message that hope endures.

 

The series intends to illuminate the politics of conflict from a grassroots, personal perspective and cultivate an awareness that in the midst of great upheaval and challenge there is also a constant stream of creative innovation which empowers us and future generations.

 

Upcoming projects take place in Cairo, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Burma, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.