Nicaragua Mural Project

Creating a mural in Gigante, Nicaragua on the village's newly completed Community Health Center with the local youth group and other members of the community.
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Nellie Stadtherr
Art
Ventura, California
United States
2 Team Members

Painting Happier, Healthier Communities

The Nicaragua Mural Project is the first project by the Abel Arts Collective, a nonprofit (501(c)3 status in the works!) that partners with artists, developmental organizations and communities to create meaningful and inspirational public art projects. 

We believe everyone should have the opportunity to create and experience art, especially youth. We think art allows people to express themselves and can make people happier and healthier. We think public art has the ability to transform a space and positively impact a community. 

For our first project, we're traveling to Gigante, a small village in Nicaragua, to create a mural with the local youth group and Health Committee on the newly constructed Community Health Center. Our partner nonprofit, Project WOO, has led the Health Committee in developing the Center after a community census in Gigante identified access to community health as the village's biggest need. 

Until now, the closest clinic was 15 kilometers away. A doctor comes to visit the village every 2 weeks, seeing patients in a church with less than adequate conditions. The community was in need of their own clinic that offered privacy, running water, electricity, and comfort. 

The Gigante Health Committee wants the Center to be bright and happy, encouraging locals to get the access to the health services and education they need in an inviting atmosphere. We will concept the mural with the local youth group, people of Gigante and our partners before inviting all to participate in the painting of the mural. Our goal is to create something meaningful for the community with the community, something we hope strengthens the success of the Center. 

Very Perky! Paintings, Prints & More

The great thing about creating an art campaign is we have A LOT of amazing art as perks! Prints, original paintings, and eco-friendly iPhone cases.  All art by Erik Abel. 

  • $40 - Tru Protection Eco-friendly iPhone Cover (Your choice! Fits i4/4s/5)
  • $60 - Any one newly released fine art print 18x24" (Your choice!) $150 for the set of all 3 or $100 - for the set of all 3 as 12x16" matted prints 
  • $100 - Any 1 of the 24x36" prints (Your choice!)
  • $400 - Fish Outta Water 041, 042, OR 043 Original Painting on Sector 9 Skateboard. Ready to hang!
  • $800 - Fish Outta Water 037 Original Painting on Plywood. Ready to hang!
  • $850 - Fish Outta Water 038 Original Painting on Plywood. Ready to hang!
  • $1050 - Fish Outta Water 039 OR 040 Original Painting on Wood Panel 

We will email you after you make your contribution so you can tell us which designs you want!

Where Your $$ Goes 

We are raising $5000 to cover the cost of our trip. This will cover our art supplies (paint, paint brushes, tarps, tape, buckets, etc) and the cost of our travel to/from Nicaragua and lodging it Gigante. 

Additional funds raised will be donated between nonprofits: 

  • Project Woo and Surf for Life to support their existing and upcoming development projects in Central America (half of extra funds raised after our goal)
  • Abel Arts Collective to support our next art development project (half of extra funds raised after goal)
 Our Story 

We started the Abel Arts Collective after working with several nonprofits to raise money for their humanitarian and environmental causes through donations from Erik Abel's art. While we loved giving back through donations, we wanted to pursue a more hands on project that was centered around the positive impacts art creates and find a way for other artists to do the same. So, we started our own organization that will allow people everywhere to experience the joy in creating art and the benefits public art offers to a community. This project in Nicaragua is our pilot, using Erik as our guinea pig to determine the best way to coordinate philanthropic art projects before bringing other artists in the future. 

We've partnered with Project WOO and Surf for Life, two merging nonprofits that work across Central America. These amazing organizations promote sustainable community development through the construction of educational and community centers. They work with local communities to address their greatest challenges and bring much needed services to underserved communities. 

Thank you and Other Ways to Help! 

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about our Project! We're so excited to create something beautiful in such an important space. We're grateful to our partners, the people of Gigante, and YOU for helping us complete what we hope to be an incredible project that sets the stage for more in the near future! 

If you aren't in a place to financially contribute, please help us spread the word by sharing this video to your social media, sending to your friends, and letting other know! 

With all of our hearts, 

THANK YOU!!! 

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  • $10USD
    Website Wall of Fame!

    Thank you! We very much appreciate your contribution and will include your name in a place of honor on our website!

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  • $25USD
    Wish You Were Here!

    We couldn't do this without you! We'll send you an 8x10" print of our mural and Gigante artists, plus include your name on our website.

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  • $40USD
    A or B: Erik Abel iPhone Case

    Hello? We'll be calling you awesome for your donation! You get all the perks from above plus your choice between two Erik Abel Art Tru Protection iPhone cases. Made in the USA from 100% post consumer recycled plastic. We'll contact you to for your case and design selection. (Shipping: Free USA, $20 International)

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  • $60USD
    C,D or E: 18"x24" Print

    Thanks for the bucket of paint! For your contribution you'll get website recognition, our Gigante "postcard" and your choice of one of three of Abel's new 18"x24" fine art prints! Hand signed. We'll contact you for your design selection. (Shipping: Free USA, $35 International)

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  • $100USD
    F: 12"x16" Matted Print Series

    You're the best! For your contribution you'll get website recognition, our Gigante "postcard" and the all three of Abel's new designs as 12"x16" matted prints. (Shipping: Free USA, $35 International)

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  • $100USD
    G-M: 24"x36" Fine Art Print

    You're contribution is a BIG help! So we're sending you a BIG print! Your choice, one of seven bold designs hand signed by Abel. You'll also receive our website recognition and Gigante "postcard". We'll contact you for your design selection. (Shipping: Free USA, $35 International)

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  • $150USD
    N: 18"x24" Print Series

    You're so generous! We're sending you the complete series (3 Prints) of Erik Abel's new 18"x24" hand signed fine art prints, along with website recognition and Gigante "postcard" (Shipping: Free USA, $35 International)

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  • $400USD
    O: Abel Original Fish Painting

    With your donation we're half way to Gigante! Thank you! You'll receive "Fish Outta Water 041", a bright turquoise Erik Abel Original on a Sector 9 Skateboard Deck. This is a one of a kind! Ready to Hang. 32"x8" (Shipping: $20 USA, $45 International)

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  • $400USD
    P: Abel Original Fish Painting

    With your donation we're half way to Gigante! Thank you! You'll receive "Fish Outta Water 042", a deep red Erik Abel Original on a Sector 9 Skateboard Deck. This is a one of a kind! Ready to Hang. 40"x9" (Shipping: $20 USA, $45 International)

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    Q: Abel Original Fish Painting

    With your donation we're half way to Gigante! Thank you! You'll receive "Fish Outta Water 043", the earthy Erik Abel Original on a Sector 9 Skateboard Deck. This is a one of a kind! Ready to Hang. 30"x9" (Shipping: $20 USA, $45 International)

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    R: Abel Original Fish Painting

    You've given us all of the paint we need! Thank you so much for your generosity. You'll receive "Fish Outta Water 037", the turquoise Erik Abel Original on found plywood. This is a one of a kind! Ready to Hang. 54"x15" (Shipping: $30 USA, $60 International)

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  • $850USD
    S: Abel Original Fish Painting

    You've given us all of the paint we need! Thank you so much for your generosity. You'll receive "Fish Outta Water 038", the earthy Erik Abel Original on found plywood. This is a one of a kind! Ready to Hang. 59"x17" (Shipping: $35 USA, $75 International)

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  • $1,050USD
    T: Abel Original Painting

    To Nicaragua and back! Thank you so much for your incredible generosity. You'll receive "Fish Outta Water 040", the vibrant red Erik Abel Original on a wood panel. This is a one of a kind! Ready to Hang. 36"x24"x3.5". Black edges. (Shipping: $50 USA, $80 International)

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    U: Abel Original Painting

    To Nicaragua and back! Thank you so much for your incredible generosity. You'll receive "Fish Outta Water 039", the turquoise and orange Erik Abel Original on a wood panel. This is a one of a kind! Ready to Hang. 36"x24"x3.5". Black edges.(Shipping: $50 USA, $80 International)

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  • $5,000USD
    The Whole Enchilada!

    Holy Moly! We can't even begin to express our gratitude. So we're taking you with us! Come help us paint the mural. We'll buy your ticket (up to $1k) and put you up for the week! Muchas Gracias! And get your choice of 5 prints!

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