One of our new members, Loren, needs artists who can paint and/or decorate TOMS shoes for the “One Day Without Shoes” event on Tuesday, April 5th. “One Day Without Shoes” is a national event to raise awareness of the health risks faced by children in developing countries who have no shoes to wear. Without shoes, kids must walk miles everyday barefoot, exposing themselves to not only painful cuts and sores but to diseases spread through open wounds. Soil transmitted parasites are the leading cause of disease in most developing countries, but are also some of the most easily preventable diseases if shoes are worn.

Participants in the local event will be walking barefoot from Flagler College to Goldfinch Boutique, where TOMS shoes will be on sale. TOMS Shoes was founded in 2006 with the idea that for every pair of shoes TOMS sells, one pair is given to a child in need. Those who purchase TOMS shoes on the day of the event may have them decorated by local artists. That’s where you come in!

If you’d like to help, please RSVP with Loren using the contact form below or with the store owner, Amy. Amy would like to have somewhere in the ballpark of 10 available artists on this day to design the shoes. The event is from 11am to 8pm, so when you commit please indicate the time you would be available to design. TOMS shoes are made of canvas, so acrylic paint, pens and Sharpies would all be suitable media. Please be sure to bring samples of your work to help folks choose right artist for their shoes. Artists are welcome to join the walk and can drop off their art materials at the store beforehand.

Help make this event special and get your designs out to the public! It’s a unique win/win situation. To get inspiration from past events and custom designs, please visit TOMS shoes on Facebook and view their picture gallery.

Also, if you know other artists/designers who would be interested in this opportunity, please forward this information along to them.