The FAAVM Art for Humanity Project is focused on utilizing our local, national, and international wealth of artistic talent to benefit charities and support noble humanitarian causes. We want to encourage and inspire Artists to use their creative gifts for the greater good of humankind while promoting themselves and their artworks. To us this means that we are all connected, and that no one’s life is more valuable than another. Our events aim to inspire human generosity, raise funds, and increase awareness about vital social, environmental, and humanitarian issues. Arts and culture are central to transformational change. In addition to keynotes and presentation sessions, one can experience amazing art throughout our events and purchase unique pieces at our silent auction and Change Makers Fair.
The FAAVM Art for Humanity Project strives to cultivate social justice by fusing art and enterprise in the context of respect, responsibility, and meaningful relationships. By involving artists in the community and connecting artists with business, FAAVM Art for Humanity Project hopes to foster artistic development and growth and change overall perceptions and understanding.
As courageous and tireless advocates for human rights, the FAAVM men and women of honor are inducted into the wall for their significant humanitarian achievement and contributions as defenders of social justice, freedom, environmentalism and peace in their countries and in the world. They have spent their lives defending some of the world’s most oppressed and vulnerable people. The honorees have worked courageously and selflessly every day, often under the most difficult and dangerous conditions. The wall also celebrates the valor of people who put their lives on the line to create a world free from abuse, discrimination, injustice and oppression, and demonstrated courageous leadership, compassion, spirituality and moral excellence.
In 1998, Dame Leith, founded the World Federation of Nations Foundation that promotes world peace and global enlightenment through Education and The Arts. She has produced films such as "Peace for Profit" featuring Larry King, that explores prosperity that is being wasted in areas of the world because of hatred and conflict. Her production company, Audio-Visual Productions, Inc. produced national television commercials, documentaries, music videos and also jobs for George H. W. Bush while in office and the White House and Secret Service.
Dame Leith founded a new School of Art called Scintillism that is a technique and movement that previously had not been done in the history of art with mixed brush strokes, heavy impasto and intentionally ala prima allowing her to sculpt with the oil paint. Using one color only, the subject matter is recognizable. Ala Prima painting is described in Janson's History of Art, as one of the most difficult techniques because it is the first application and therefore a race for time and a challenge for exactness, however, it is the most archival since all of the layers dry at once.
Dame Leith became the first Official Artist for a Republican National Committee when she had been commissioned to do a painting of Bob Dole who was running for United States President in 1996, and that image is now at the Smithsonian Institute. Dame Leith has painted Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Elizabeth Taylor, President H. W. Bush, Steve Martin and many others and has major collectors of her work all over the world. Dame Leith, was honored to become Ambassador Dame of Grace for the Knights of Malta to the United States.
The FAAVM International Art Adviser provides expert advice and guidance in The Arts and cultural sector to help improve the health, effectiveness, and sustainability of The Arts locally, nationally, and globally, by promoting understanding of the crucial role that The Arts play in the development and emancipation of individuals and society. The FAAVM International Art Adviser also provides exemplary advisory assistance and guidance for a diverse range of institutions and sectors, including corporations, academic institutions, government entities, museums and galleries, and the media with the opportunity to engage new and existing communities into all aspects of our mission.
Additionally, the FAAVM International Art Adviser plays a vital role in developing our comprehensive strategies in order to expand the creation and establishment of the International Arts Association (IAA) Branch in Canada and the integration of the FAAVM Art for Humanity Project, by recommending qualifications, ethics and best practices, and provides expert advice through all stages of the process, developing Arts and cultural partnerships, recommending staff engagement, programmes and activities, Contemporary Art knowledge-building, and navigation of the world of Arts; combined with sophisticated research and in-depth analysis aiming to develop comprehensive cultural platform for a range of settings, including master planning and major developments, to ensure that our goals and objectives achieve the desired successful outcome.
Dame Leith, while residing in Palm Beach in the mid 80's, at the Beaumar Estate, became close friends with Liza Pulitzer of the Pulitzer Prize family. They started a Design Company called the Pulitzer Speer Collection. They specialized in exaggerated classic designs. Harry Platt, former President of Tiffany & Co., asked to go into partnership with them and they turned him down luckily, because, had they taken the offer, Dame Leith might not have become an Artist. Later, Dame Leith, to help a painter friend start painting again, said if you paint, I will too. She bought supplies thus her career as a Fine Artist begun. The rest is history.
In addition, in 1988 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Dame Leith's desire to help mankind caused her to open an Alternative Health facility, called Metaphysical Counseling Services, Inc. that worked in many different modalities to heal the mind, body and spirit utilizing healing principles that are God given in a non-religious way. She has authored a book called "Journey to the Fountain of You" that promotes a more positive, powerful, and productive life which is available on Amazon.com.
International human rights instruments are treaties and other international documents relevant to international human rights law and the protection of human rights in general. They can be classified into two categories: declarations, adopted by bodies such as the United Nations General Assembly, which are not legally binding although they may be politically so as soft law; and conventions, which are legally binding instruments concluded under international law. International treaties and even declarations can, over time, obtain the status of customary international law.
The rule of law primarily refers to the influence and authority of law within society, especially as a constraint upon behavior, including behavior of government officials. The phrase can be traced back to the 16th century, and it was popularized in the 19th century by British jurist A. V. Dicey. The concept was familiar to ancient philosophers such as Aristotle, who wrote "Law should govern". Rule of law implies that every citizen is subject to the law. It stands in contrast to the idea that the ruler is above the law, for example by divine right.
International law is the set of rules generally regarded and accepted as binding in relations between states and between nations. It serves as a framework for the practice of stable and organized international relations. International law differs from state-based legal systems in that it is primarily applicable to countries rather than to private citizens. National law may become international law when treaties delegate national jurisdiction to supranational tribunals such as the European Court of Human Rights or the International Criminal Court. Treaties such as the Geneva Conventions may require national law to conform. Customary international law are those aspects of international law that derive from custom. Along with general principles of law and treaties, custom is considered by the International Court of Justice, jurists, the United Nations, and its member states to be among the primary sources of international law. The vast majority of the world's governments accept in principle the existence of customary international law, although there are many differing opinions as to what rules are contained in it.
The broad aims of the FAAVM Convention are to ensure that the signatory states respect the rights set forth, undertaking to combat discrimination, promote equality, preserve and develop the culture and identity of national minorities, guarantee certain freedoms in relation to access to the media, minority languages and education and encourage the participation of national minorities in public life;
"whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world."
The FAAVM Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities provides a monitoring, reporting and complaint system to evaluate how Human Rights are implemented and observed. It results in recommendations to improve Human Rights protection and mechanisms . The Framework is responsible for providing a detailed analysis on Human Rights legislation and practice through an Advisory Committee. It is a committee of experts which is responsible for adopting country-specific opinions and policies. These opinions are meant to advise the FAAVM Committee of Ministers in the preparation of its Resolutions and the formulation of standards, which set out the structure to be followed.
With that, we have the resources needed to created the best humanitarian art exhibit in the world. To share what we have learned through art and community with the people around us, to better appreciate art and everything that it offers to enrich people’s lives. Through our generous donors and the artists that make the event possible, we are able to give people a deeper glimpse into art, and art as it pertains to our humanity, and raising funds to alleviate human sufferings.
There is one thing for certain, that the Art Expo is something that can bring people together in epic fashion. A cluster of community and art oriented people set on changing the way that people think about art, life, and the world. Bringing people from all around the world to interact in a single community, the way that we contribute to the betterment of humanity and humankind. True to form, we look for the best in people and art to make our world a greater and better place. Giving us the ability to help each other and improve the world around us. Art helps us not only share our common experiences, beliefs, values and aspirations but also lets us improve the world around us. Not only do we offer community services, but we also offer a way in which to connect with the rest of the world and to show them how we, as people can learn to live in greater harmony.
Regulators, shareholders, and tax authorities require us to have a structure to assure that key controls which impact financial statements are reported and disclosed accurately. We work with specialized firm in the field of financial compliance solutions to help manage our financial policies, key processes and controls using collaborative data-driven technology that lets us test 100% of transactional data to help reduce costly errors and stamp out fraud and abuse of funds. Rest assured we will be able to deploy cost savings and additional working capital, maintain our reputation, and get a gold star from our board and regulators.
Beyond our elaborate mission and theories of social change, the core of our sector is to improving the people and places around us. Thus, proceeds from The FAAVM Art for Humanity events go towards our organization to drive a variety of projects, programs, organizations, and campaigns, of both big and small scale, that serve hundreds and, at times, thousands or even millions of human beings. The work we do in many ways is recipe for change doesn’t always come in the form of a check. Indeed, our financial capital is important, but equally as important is the reputational, social, and intellectual capital we often bring. Just as communities are powered by the residents that live and work in them, public, private and government institutions are powered by the people within them. And those people are very much an important part of the fabric of the communities they work to improve.
Dame Leith Eaton, is known as a Philanthropist, Artist, Designer and Promoter of The Arts and Health whose primary goal in life is to uplift mankind. Leith starting at age 12, having worked closely with her Father, who was Magistrate at the time, in his law office, developed her acumen in the business world. At seventeen, she was asked to become an officer in a land development company, that enabled her to sell real estate as a minor. She made her first fortune at 17. Her parents originated the Orange Park Community Theatre that remains ongoing where she grew up and she performed in leading roles in various plays and musicals including Come Blow Your Horn and Guys and Dolls.
Justice that Restores not Destroys
Building justice that restores is about recognizing and advancing the dignity of human life. It promotes accountability for the responsible party, prioritizes harmed party participation, and cultivates community engagement. Restorative justice requires the system to do more than warehouse people convicted of crimes. Restorative justice means holding these men and women accountable to accept responsibility for the harm they have caused to their victims and communities, and to take steps to make amends and rebuild trust with their communities.
Dame Leith became a member of the Junior League at a very young age doing volunteer work in her community. Her passion was in The Arts, including the Healing Arts. She also became a Board Member of the Atlantic Foundation of the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she performed for fundraising in Gypsy and Chorus Line Directed by June Taylor from the June Taylor Dancers. Dame Leith opened her own real estate companies with branches in Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, then later she was offered a position as Director of Sales and Marketing for top commercial and residential companies in America, Arvida Realty Corporation, at that time a Subsidiary of The Disney Company and then later was bought out by JMB Realty Corporation, out of Chicago.
Ministering for the Wrongfully Convicted: “Help Free the Innocent”
Hundreds and thousands of people have spent time in prison for crimes they did not commit. Each miscarriage of justice, however, deals a blow to a society's confidence in the legal and justice system, experts say. "Wrongful convictions undermine the two prongs of the criminal justice system's legitimacy," states a 1992 report prepared by the Library of Parliament. "If someone is wrongfully convicted, that person is punished for an offence he or she did not commit and the actual perpetrator of the crime goes free."
Our ministry works to provide free legal services to the wrongfully convicted and work to improve justice systems by:
Providing legal services to low income persons in Canada for the purposes of establishing that a wrongful conviction has occurred and exonerating that wrongly convicted person. Raising public awareness of the criminal law and the judicial process Providing financial assistance to low-income wrongly convicted clients for the necessities of life Supporting educational initiatives that help to address the causes of wrongful convictions.
The unearthing of wrongly convicted offenders has been arguably the dominant legal development in Canada over the past half-century. We work to build a nationwide network of lawyers, journalists and legal organizations in order to pursue cases of potential wrongful conviction, battling in the courts and lobbying in public to win the release of offenders who have, in some cases, spent decades behind bars innocently; and to advocate for adequate compensation.
To make it worse, advocates say many who were ultimately exonerated watched their applications stall for years in the federal review board process. In 2000, federal Justice Minister Anne McLellan announced plans to try to prevent such cases from happening again. The changes, since enacted in the Criminal Code of Canada, enable the justice minister to use his or her discretion to respond to persons who believe they have been wrongfully convicted.
The injuries that crime victims and survivors experience can be significant. Crime disrupts lives. What's more, many victims feel re-victimized by the criminal justice system, especially when it excludes them from much of the process. Restorative justice promotes the need for harmed parties to be consistently considered throughout the criminal justice process. Although crime’s impact often leaves damage that can never be fully restored, harmed parties have legal rights that should be enforced. Some legal rights are unqualified and available without any contingencies. Other legal rights are qualified. That is, they are limited only as necessary to protect the victim from harm or to protect the due process rights of the responsible party. Crime survivors may need help regaining a sense of safety and control over their lives, and assistance with the material and other damages they suffer. Our criminal justice system should not be hindering the fulfillment of these needs.
The FAAVM Art for Humanity Project mission is to bridge economic, cultural, social, and humanitarian gaps by providing under-resourced artists with the keys to self- sufficiency through art fair and promotion, and the opportunity to network with successful artists.
Our National Prison Ministry (NPM) seeks and works to restore those affected by crime and incarceration by introducing prisoners, victims, and their families to a new hope available through spiritual healing. We accomplish this by training and inspiring churches and communities inside and outside of prison to support the restoration of those affected by incarceration. We equip wardens, prison staff, and volunteers, including men and women serving time, to create safer, more rehabilitative prisons that prepare prisoners to return to their communities as good neighbors. We advocate for a criminal justice system that upholds restorative values, so that communities are safer, victims are respected, and those who have caused harm are transformed. Outside prisons, we collaborate with churches, para-church organizations, and local service providers to support families with loved ones behind bars and people affected by crime.
Despite wide use by politicians, judges and academics, the rule of law has been described as "an exceedingly elusive notion" giving rise to a "rampant divergence of understandings everyone is for it but have contrasting convictions about what it is." At least two principal conceptions of the rule of law can be identified: a formalist or "thin" definition, and a substantive or definition. Formalist definitions of the rule of law do not make a judgment about the "justness" of law itself, but define specific procedural attributes that a legal framework must have in order to be in compliance with the rule of law. Substantive conceptions of the rule of law go beyond this and include certain substantive rights that are said to be based on, or derived from, the rule of law.
The art fair presents important artwork from leading local and international galleries combined with a Global PLATFORM, where our engaging series of lectures and panel discussions from emerging and prominent art world figures, curated projects, an extensive VIP Program, and top-tier cultural are offered throughout the event.
The FAAVM Art for Humanity Project also works to organize international contemporary and modern art fair. Providing unique access to the local, national, and global art market, the fair is one of the most important annual art events of our project.
.Accordingly, we build our beliefs on key philosophies such as: Engagement in the creative process as a powerful force for social change, and creative entrepreneurship as a productive and life-changing opportunity for emerging and professional artist in their communities.
The FAAVM Art for Humanity Art Expo is one of the most prestigious art festivals on the planet, celebrating years of art history in the world supporting humanitarian and social justice causes. The Art Expo also highlights the best artists in the world through shared philanthropic beliefs and values. We bring in artists from virtually every country, each with their own unique talents and styles, making it the best way to get introduced to new art and appreciate its global appeal.
Art is something that everything revolves around and that everyone can appreciate at a different level. What one person sees when it comes to art is not what someone else might see. That is the beauty of art and perception. It’s what makes us all different and the same at once. Being able to enjoy art together and separately, is one of the many ways in which it enriches our lives, and at the same time making a significant humanitarian contribution towards a better world. We are glad to share our perspective on art and community with those that we care about as well as our community through generous donors and sponsors. Through generous donations and the work of the artists, we can develop an expo that is second to none in terms of diversity and artistic expression, environmentalism, and humanitarianism.
Humanitarianism is a moral of kindness, benevolence, and sympathy extended to all human beings. Humanitarianism has been an evolving concept historically, but universality is a common theme in its evolution. No distinction is to be made on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, race, caste, age, religion, ability, or nationality. In the context of armed conflict, humanitarianism refers to efforts to alleviate the suffering of certain groups. These efforts are regulated and protected by international humanitarian law, which seeks to limit the effects of armed conflict by protecting persons who are not or no longer participating in hostilities, and by restricting the means of warfare available to combatants. In the context of international humanitarian law, "humanitarian" is a legal term of art, and has several precise definitions.
Desiring to promote the realization of the principles contained in the Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as other relevant international instruments that have been adopted at the universal or regional level and those concluded between individual States Members of the United Nations,
The moment ex-prisoners step off the bus in your community, a daunting challenge stares them smack in the face where to find a safe place to sleep that night. Very few prisoners have a loving family waiting for them to come home. Instead, family members may have died, moved away, or made it clear the ex-offender is not welcome. Sometimes there are legal reasons the ex-prisoner cannot go home. As a result, many newly-released prisoners end up in homeless shelters. While these shelters are far better than sleeping outdoors, the beds are often available only at night. During the day, shelter residents are forced onto the streets carrying their few belongings with them. This time to “roam” is not good for former inmates who are used to having every minute of their day structured.