Saturday, July 20, 2019


Switzerland, Armenia and the Republic of Georgia...via Poland and Turkey

Summer 2019

Marty and I just returned from a very long trip to Zurich and Thun Switzerland, 
Yerevan and Stepanavan, Armenia and the yearly camp for kids at risk 
at the Black Sea in The Republic of Georgia.

Thun, Switzerland
A view of the Interlaken Mountain Range

We were invited to a three day conference on persecuted Christians sponsored by ICR, a 50 year old nonprofit organization, founded by Richard Wurmbrand.  It was gripping to hear about the things that are really going on in places like Yemen, Nigeria, Syria and other far-flung countries 
where whole populations are being systematically tortured and killed. We have personally been
to places where persecution, poverty and war are rampant but even we were stunned with what is clearly absent on the news and the media, but is clearly happening on a daily basis.
We left the city with heads and hearts full of information that increases our world view even further.  Switzerland seemed like a million miles away from such horrors and atrocities with its gorgeous green hillsides and cows with tinkling bells around their necks.  While we were there, Europe was having an unprecedented heat wave. The above photo is a shot from our guest house, overlooking snow on the Interlaken Mountains.  It looks so pristine and refreshing, but truth be told, it was at least 97 degrees Fahrenheit that day!

While in Stepanavan, Armenia, I was able to make a presentation  of art to the Mayor of the city during a planning meeting.  The children in the artwork are from Stepanavan and attended last year's camp. We (Mercy Projects and Global Impact) are in talks about potentially doing a school or group home for the most vulnerable children in the city. The Mayor has a great heart for the children and has done so much to make sure the most vulnerable have clothing, transportation and opportunities.
There is such profound poverty and need in this city and a large fraction of the adults 
have to go to Russia for employment.  
In terms of a school type project in Stepanavan, we will have to see if it is a viable idea 
and could be sustainable in the future. This takes a lot of groundwork, planning and money!

The Mayor of Stepanavan, Mikayel Gharakeshishyan

For the second year, I was blessed to be a part of the camp at the Black Sea for Armenian youth from Stepanavan and the surrounding areas. Marty was able to join me and it made it that much more special. I did art projects as I had last year and was able to reunite with my sweet friends again from Armenia and from the United States.


A well known reporter, Peter Wooding from England came to the camp and conducted interviews and produced stories to bring awareness. He has a wonderful 3 minute piece about the impact of the camps on the lives of these amazing children.  It can be accessed at:


This year has been so fulfilling thus far. I have been working at a local Domestic Violence shelter and in the schools teaching empathy, compassion and gratitude.  I have also had the opportunity to volunteer with the homeless population, with a group of families with Down syndrome and recently will be starting an art program with young men with Traumatic Brain Injury...

Who could ask for more?


Sunday, March 31, 2019

Dream Bigger, Art to benefit art program for Down syndrome

This was such a fun and heart warming piece of Poetry Art to create. Called "Dream Bigger" it features models with one extra chromosome and is sold to benefit a free art program I am offering to children with Down syndrome and their siblings. If you look closely, you will see that the children are reaching for the stars and each star has all sorts of aspirations and dreams written upon it. You will also notice that not only are they helping each other grasp those hopes and goals but they are also being lifted up by family, teachers, parents, mentors and peers.
Dream Bigger
Do you think you know me by just one glance?
Do you judge my abilities because of the curve of my eyes?
Or that I am free and trusting and laugh open without guile
Is it the cadence of my walk, how I run or even my stance
Or maybe you’re put off because I can fearlessly dance?
Do you have a preconceived notion about who is truly wise? 

Based textbooks, your education or the number of “whys?” 
Well, smarty-pants
I hate to inform you, but there’s a huge chance
You might just be perfectly wrong!
I’m here to surprise you; to knock the world’s socks off 

Because I’ve been wonderfully, beautifully and uniquely made 
I am a child of destiny with a divine purpose and song
If you are willing to let go of opinion...it’ll be a wild ride
But please come along!

I have masterpieces to paint, stories to tell
Stereotypes to shake up and boundaries to crash
Yes, I am ordinary but more than that-extra ordinary
Profound, sassy, ambitious and eager to burst out of my shell 

Not single-faceted but multilayered and rather complex 
Sometimes I am reserved but I offer my very best
I am blazing a trail, redefining the norm and ringing some bells 

Where I’ll end up, only time will tell
I’m not interested in leading a simple, easy life
Where I stay hidden in the shadows
So folks can stay comfortable with no controversy or strife 

Rather, my existence will be more of a dynamic one
Where being me is more than just all right
I will become what I aspire to be, even if means a daily fight 

Because I am going to shine forth like a Super Nova
An undiscovered galaxy or a thousand watt light

So stand back and watch closely and carefully as I
Dream bigger, dig deeper, reach further and aim higher 

Than anyone expects me to do
My journey could take a scenic route, but I won’t fail to try 

Because fear and setbacks are only whispered lies
So look at me now, I’m more courageous, more persistent 

More capable, insightful and smart
I am an overcomer, an achiever and hurdles I will defy 

Because I’m a gorgeous work of art!
Watch me grab all those distant stars with both hands
And like climbing mountains, achieve amazing goals
Because I have family, teachers and friends cheering me on
Ever reminding me that nothing is too hard and that I truly CAN! 

They lift me up so I can grasp my potential
Speak words of encouragement whenever I doubt 
And are helping me to formulate a spectacular plan 
To someday reach those greater heights
So I can always DREAM BIGGER and BIGGER 

And when difficulties do come my way
I will know how to firmly stand
And to teach the world around me 

That after the darkest dusk of twilight 
Comes a magnificent day
©Launa
Detail

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

New POEMA line by Launa!



New POEMA line by Launa! Now premiering in 2019---Inspirational/Faith-based Jewelry.


Each piece is handcrafted by the artist to be a unique statement and since it is not a “cookie cutter, ”
assembly line object, each piece has imperfections, personality and its own special charm, much like we as human beings.  Made from a variety of materials, both natural and man made.



POEMA product are sold to benefit art programs for children 
with special needs & kids at risk around the world.



Sneak peek the first 15 premiering on Etsy...

WWW.etsy.com/shop/PoetryArtbyLauna

Friday, December 14, 2018

Send "At Risk" Armenian Kids to Camp....



In July of 2018, I had the privilege of doing an art program (in partnership with Mercy Projects,) at a summer camp in the Republic of Georgia for youth from Armenia.  The camp is located on the shores of the Black Sea and the kids were ecstatic to be able to splash in the water or lay in the sun every day on the stone laden beach. There isn't a huge body of water near their town, which is a 12 hour van ride to camp, so the opportunity to play in the sea was beyond thrilling. I did art with the kids daily also and at the end of camp we distributed JOY Bags filled with art supplies, school supplies and other fun items for the kids to take back home with them.  This is our 17th year of doing a JOY Bag outreach internationally and/or domestically.  That alone blows my mind~


Children working on self-portraits done with their own poetry

I was quite inspired by each and every child and their individual stories.  The youth don't have very much in terms of material possessions, but they are so thankful and open hearted.  When I returned, I wanted to give them something special.  Fairly quickly, I painted the piece of artwork, "Haven" to raise money to help sponsor another group of kids to be able to attend the upcoming 2019 summer camp.  It costs $150. per child to travel to and participate in the life changing camp. That price includes food, transportation out of the country and shelter for over a week! Cheap compared to what the same program would cost in the United States. My signed Giclee print is being sold for $45.00 and the proceeds will got to the Armenian summer camp art program, as well as sponsoring individual kiddos. This an experience that they never forget, as many of the children and teens come from profoundly impoverished situations. I too am hoping to be back at the camp this summer as well!


If you would like to purchase one of these prints, go to my Etsy page: WWW.etsy.com/shop/PoetryartbyLauna
or
 If you would simply like to sponsor a child for camp, send your donation to: 
Mercy Projects, PO Box 685, Murrieta, CA 92564
*Make sure and note on your check that it is for the Armenian Camp in Georgia
(And tell them Launa sent you!)


If you are interested in making a donation toward art supplies for the children's art program, 
JOY Bags or would like to send actual art supplies:

Global Impact World Relief 
12415 E. Mingus Vista Dr.
Prescott Valley, AZ 86315

Both Mercy Projects and Global Impact World Relief are 501(c)3 non-profits and you will receive 
a tax deductible receipt in the mail for your generous donation

This is the poetry that the entire artwork is made from:

Haven

My haven is in you Lord, sheltered
In the shadow of your kindness
In the glow of your smile
The storms roll all around me
They crash over me
And yet I am safe in the shade of your wings
Comforted by your arms, wrapped so tightly
You gift me every morning with a handful of mercy
Soothe my thumping heart, calm
My frayed and ricocheting thoughts
Your voice gives me hope, teaches grace
Chases away all fear
When circumstances cry all is lost
I know you have a different plan
You offer inheritance to the orphan
A healing balm for the broken
You've made promises that I cling to
Vows that you will honor
I have a future with potential, room to dream
And the blessed assurance
That you have set your love upon me
My haven is in you Lord, sheltered
Safe and secure within your perfect will
It is here that I will remain

©Launa

"He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  He shall cover you with His feathers and under His wings shall you trust..."
Psalm 91:4a



  

Friday, November 09, 2018

art to benefit classes for kids with special needs

So this giclee, "See the Art in Me" was reproduced to be sold to support the free art classes for kids with special needs. It is a signed 13X17 print with a copy of the poetry included. (Poetry Below). This is the poetry the entire piece is made from. To purchase this or other Poetry Art items, go to:

WWW.Etsy.com/shop/PoetryArtbyLauna



Poetry:

See the Art in Me


Can you see past the insecurity, differences, poverty or the pain?
Detect my intrinsic value even under a thin layer of shame?
Do you think I might be precious, although I am not like you?
And my eyes bely a beauty, no matter what my behaviors do?
Are you brave enough to step closer to not only look, but see
The sketch of what I am not yet
But who I want to be…
Someone, anyone, please-see the art in me!

Look closely at the poetry scrawled across my face
Let your fingers find the meaning in the subtlest trace
Peer beyond the limitations that have put me in a box
That causes some to look away or to ridicule and mock
See the vivid colors on my skin and in my dreams
Get to know my innermost by using any means
I am potential, aspirations, determination and strength
Find out all that I can be, go to any length…
Someone, anyone, please-see the art in me!

I am tough, ticklish, challenged and misunderstood
I am brilliant, I am forgotten and disregarded-but I try so hard to be good
I’ve been shuffled around, fallen through cracks and been pushed aside
At times, I am loud and brash but really am just scared inside
I’ve been labeled and catalogued, so I’ve learned to be sly
Can’t you see that I’m exquisite
Even though I may appear sad and often shy?

I crave your acceptance, but am unsure as how that works
Will you love me for who I am, with all my many quirks?
I cry, I laugh, act uncomprehending and yet I really do
Understand that I am a work in progress
Like a painting, a poem or sculpture…
I am God’s perfect masterpiece
Simply beautiful, just like you
So someone, everyone, see the art in me!



(c)Launa

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Sharing Down Syndrome and Poetry Art

I wanted to share this video from last night.  It is from Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona.  I am doing an art program with all sorts of kiddos with special needs, but one of them is "Dream Bigger." I am working on a piece of Poetry Art right now, with that same name, featuring children with one extra chromosome which will be sold to benefit the art program for Down syndrome. Give this a watch:




Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Can You SEE the ART in me?
Do my differences matter to you?



I have been doing art programs with children for more than 25 years as an 
outreach arm to my art form, Poetry Art and as a humanitarian with 
Global Impact World Relief
and other partners in the U.S. and abroad. 

In 2001, My husband Marty and I adopted
a child from an orphanage in Vietnam which thrust us into the arena of 
Reactive Attachment Disorder and children who have trauma from profound neglect.

The following year, we were blessed to welcome a newborn daughter into our family
following her birth. Within a short span of time, we had to take her to 
a neurologist as she seemed to stop hitting her milestones. 
After several years of searching for answers, we discovered 
that she was on the autistic spectrum.  In those first few years,  
her sensory processing issues were debilitating. 

 As if that wasn't enough...
In 2008, social services contacted us about a twenty-two month old boy
who needed a home. When all the clues about his prebirth and early years 
revealed themselves, we discovered that he was exposed to drugs in utero, 
had a mentally ill birth mom and while in her care, suffered neglect, trauma and 
health issues due to substances in the home environment. 
Early on, he exhibited behaviors that caused him to be bounced 
around from foster home to foster home.

So you could say that I have a PhD in early childhood development!
What my 3 children have taught me could fill volumes, but the most important
thing it has done is grow my heart for children with challenges.
That is why I developed the Program,

"See the ART in ME"

These are art classes and programs that are offered free to
children in the United States and internationally.  The purpose is
to create an inclusive environment that children from all
backgrounds and abilities can feel creative, learn life lessons,
feel accepted and thrive.


Domestic Art Programs & Art Camps:
•Special Needs: Medical & Emotional•Down's Syndrome•Trauma
•Autism Spectrum•At Risk Populations•Substance Exposed
•Battling Illness/Cancer/HIV+•Foster Care/Residential Treatment

International Art Programs & Art Camps:
For youth living in dire poverty, political & social instability, displacement & during natural disasters

For children with special needs of any kind

Contact me today if you'd like to donate art & crafting supplies, financially 
give or would like to discuss doing a program with your group:

Launastan@gmail.com or poetryartist@yahoo.com

About Global Impact World Relief
A grass roots organization founded in 1999 by Marty& Launa Stan.
We have traveled the globe bringing aid, hope & compassion



A 501 (c) Nonprofit
All donations are tax deductible