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“Los Tejanos” Book Published + Museum Exhibit Organized by CauseConnect

Los Tejanos: Chicano Art from the Cheech Marin Collection presents 39 artworks by 14 artists born and/or based in Texas who are currently represented in this renowned collection.

Featured artists are Jari “Werc” AlvarezMelesio (Mel) CasasCarlos DonjuánGaspar Enríquez, Jacinto Guevara, Adán HernándezBenito HuertaCésar A. MartínezJoe Peña, Alex Rubio, Ricardo RuizMarta SánchezVincent Valdez and Andy A. Villarreal. The artists are contemporary storytellers who use their own experiences to interpret symbols and traditions in modern life, yet much of their imagery and subject matter are rooted in historical references. The exhibition was organized by Melissa Richardson Banks. The full-color art book was published by CauseConnect and is available for sale at only $25 here on this website and on Amazon.



Hardcover: 80 pages
Publisher: CauseConnect LLC; First U.S. edition
Publication Date: January 31, 2018
Language: English
ISBN-10: 098911483X
ISBN-13: 978-0989114837


Art Museum of South Texas
January 11 through April 29, 2018


CauseConnect Produces Toyota Dream Car Art Contest



CauseConnect is once again producing the 12th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest for youth, ages 4-15, for Toyota Financial Services during its 7th year of offering this global competition in the United States. Artworks can be submitted anytime now through Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Founded in 2004, the worldwide competition is designed to inspire creativity in youth and imagine the future of mobility. Youth are invited to create and submit a drawing of their idea of a “Dream Car “during the artwork submission period. For details, entry forms, and official rules, visit

Toyota-Dream-Car-logo-(stacked)During March 2018, nine U.S. winners will be selected to receive Toyota “Making Life Easier” cash cards ($750 for first-place Gold Winners in each of the three age categories, $500 for second-place Silver Winners, and $250 for third-place Bronze Winners). Each of the U.S. winners will also receive framed copies of their drawings, award certificates, and art supplies. In addition, their artwork will be submitted to Japan, along with entries from over 80 countries, for consideration in the World Contest. If any of their entries win, those selected will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan to participate in an awards ceremony in August 2018.

Public and private school teachers are also invited to request free classroom submission kits, while supplies last. Each kit contains 30 sheets of drawing paper (9″x12″) and 30 contest entry forms for students plus a set of Crayola® Colored Pencils (set of 24), Colorations® Washable Classic Markers (set of 16), a Toyota Dream Car Art Contest sticker, a teacher instruction sheet, and a $10 coupon from Discount School Supply. Click HERE to submit a request. Limit one request per teacher.

FY17 U.S. Winners (9)
FY17 U.S. Finalists (35)
FY17 U.S. Semi-Finalists (90)


Tis the Season: Gift and Do Good

Do you want to give gifts and give back at the same time? This season, there are many ways in which you can do this. From businesses that donate a portion of sales to a charity to nonprofits that sell products made by those in need, your giving can impact more than the person who is the beneficiary of your gift.

This season, “gift and do good” during the holidays by doing the following:

      1. Give the gift of time. If you haven’t visited your grandparents or parents lately, plan to spend a day with them. In addition to your own family, there are many who would benefit from your presence. Volunteer at a local hospital, retirement community, or homeless shelter. Visit an elderly neighbor.
      2. Give a gift to charity. Choose a cause that matches closely to the interests of the person to whom you are gifting (or select one that matters most to you) and give what you can in your recipient’s honor.
      3. Piece by Piece

        Buy gifts made by individuals in need and sold by organizations that support them. Year round, Piece by Piece has a selection of mosaic crafts for sale that are created by artisans who live in Skid Row and South Los Angeles. The Downtown Women’s Center sells artisan home goods — candles, soaps, and more — that are handmade by women overcoming poverty and homelessness.

        Hear the World Foundation

      4. Buy gifts for which a portion of the purchase price is donated to a worthy organization. When you buy Vibes high-fidelity earplugs, proceeds from each pair purchased support Hear the World Foundation, which helps hearing aids, surgeries and programs for the hard of hearing around the world.

Need more ideas to gift and do good? Click HERE.


FREE: National Drawing Contest for Kids, ages 4-15

Across the nation, youth, ages 4-15, are invited to create and submit a drawing of their idea of their “Dream Car” now through Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Full contest details, along with the required entry form and official rules, are available online at

In the spring of 2017, nine U.S. winners will be selected. Once accepted and awarded, their artwork will be submitted, along with entries from approximately 80 countries, for consideration in the World Contest. Thirty World Winners plus their parents or guardians will receive a trip to Japan to participate in an awards ceremony in August 2017 during which four additional awards will be announced per age category: Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Best Finalist. In previous years, U.S. Winners were selected to receive a trip to Japan to compete in the World Contest; among them was Lauren Park for her “Toyota Camera Car.”

Young people across the country are encouraged to participate. Last year, over 660,000 youth, ages 4-15 from nearly 80 countries submitted artwork to the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest worldwide. Of these, 630 entries were submitted to Japan for consideration in the World Contest. The first international contest was held in 2004 by Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan. This is the 6th year that the U.S. has held its National Contest.

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TALK: Rethinking Charity by Dan Pallotta

TED-logoThis past spring, TED Talks featured activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta who shed light on the “double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities.” Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend — not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, in this talk, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In short, he says: “Let’s change the way we think about changing the world.”

What do you think about his ideas as shared in this talk?