Launch Quest

    Mother/Son Paint and Parkour Team Journey To Relieve Poverty

    Launch Quest

    A Mother/Son Art and Parkour Team set out on a quest to connect with different countries and cultures, breaking down barriers and overcoming obstacles to help launch people forward.

     South Africa
    This is a Fiscally-Sponsored Project

    Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas

    Lindy Bishop, and 16 year old son, Duke, passionate about art and parkour, set out to follow the path of relationships built across the globe by Lindy in her previous job as Executive Director of The Utopia Foundation.  As artists, scholars and athletes, mother and son are setting out to go deep into these communities, using their talents to establish rapport and help people turn things around and land with two feet on the ground. Their goal is to raise $15,000 in 15 days for expenses. They are looking for 1,000 people who are willing to make a tax deductible donation of $15/each. Thanks for taking a look and considering how you can help them help others with this project. Let's launch 'em.

    4 Service Projects (2018)
    South Africa:
    1.  Lindy and Duke will be working on Paint Up Kamamma, a cultural awakening and economic sustainability project Lindy helped design with Dreamcatcher SA Founder and initiator, *Anthea Rossouw,* globally recognised social innovator and *Bruce Rimell*, an internationally-exhibited visual artist, poet and independent researcher, based in the UK. Bruce works principally with visionary, ethnographic, archaeological and cognitive themes. Working with the local villagers, they will paint their town history and culture on outer walls of homes. This is a great opportunity to re-discover significant rich history. The project also validates relevance and leverage opportunities for job creation, as it relates to their already progressive achievements in community based tourism, empowering locals communities to benefit, in close proximity to a World Heritage site, The Blombos Cave.

    The Blombos Cave has become a coveted archeological discovery as it has the earliest record of mankind as an artist. Also, on this visit, some of the art created will be used to inspire, aspiring crafters who have signed up to find work in craftmaking in a ground breaking waste recycling program. In addition, we are also meeting with the Minister of Cultural Affairs.
    (Western Cape). Honourable Minister Anroux Marais, officiating the launch of the project as an exciting new tourist destination for South Africa, envisaged to create work to help households struggling with low income and recurring poverty.

    2. Johannesburg: This will be an opportunity for Duke, to work with a South African parkour group, Kaizen Parkour , to demonstrate the art of parkour movement as a metaphor for overcoming obstacles in life, with children of underserved communities, promoting health and good values. The World Freerunning Parkour Federation connecting the project to WFPF sponsored athletes in all of the communities visited in the LAUNCH project.

    3. Maranatha Integrated Schools Project in Mityana. Lindy and Duke will return to a project Lindy worked on in 2008 through the organization, KidsUganda. working with children, many orphaned by AIDS to experience art making and validate artistic intelligence. Duke will also have the opportunity to participate in sports with the kids and demonstrate his parkour moves and metaphors.

    4. Katmandu:  Here, Team LAUNCH will help kids at the Early Childhood Development Center rescued from prison, placed there when their parents were incarcerated. These kids have also experienced a great deal of trauma during the devastating earthquake of 2015. Lindy and Duke hope to build trust, self-esteem and ease trauma through art making and parkour. They will also help Founder and CNN Hero, Pushpa Basnet, develop an opportunity to sell the children's artwork online to raise funds for the ECDC Butterfly House and programs to help mothers and babies in prison.

    More About Lindy and Duke: www.lindybishop.comThis is where we will be hosting a blog soon so you can follow our progress.

    LAUNCH QUEST, is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of LAUNCH QUEST must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.