Friday, December 16, 2011

What are you waiting for? Support peace on earth this holiday season with the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation. For more information visit:
Monday, December 5, 2011

HARLEM, NEW YORK. WAATSI - Sage doll making workshop participated in a Sesame Workshop sponsored - Literacy event in Harlem, NY. This was a FREE event with 100's of kids from 2 to 13 years making as many Sage dolls as they wished. To read about our event on Saturday, December 3, 2011 visit:
Monday, November 7, 2011
How Do You Know a Hero? Paper Crafts Workshop by Tim Bellavia at Greenwich Historical Society Sunday, November 13

Cos Cob, CT, --The Greenwich Historical Society will host a paper crafts workshop led by award-winning children's author, illustrator and educator Timothy D. Bellavia. How Do You Know a Hero? will challenge boys and girls to design their very own action figures by transforming plain templates into police officers, firefighters and paramedics. Kids will deck out their heroes with uniforms, badges and other pint-sized accoutrements replicated from objects and photos showcased in the Historical Society's current exhibition Everyday Heroes: Greenwich First Responders. They'll then set their creations' heroic feats against scenes from the exhibition.

The How Do You Know a Hero? workshop was designed to help kids understand the important role first responders play in daily life. This workshop is a new spin on Bellavia's well known franchise We Are All The Same Inside® workshop in which children create individual characters with the goal of learning to recognize our common humanity while embracing diversity.

$10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.
Workshops will be held at 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00 pm. Reservations required.
Please visit or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

On September 25, 2011 the We Are All The Same Inside - Sage doll-making workshop and Timothy D. Bellavia '97 joined twenty-three other alumni, spanning almost 15 summers of art (and doll) making at Skowhegan. The diverse and various alumni performed throughout the sunny afternoon around the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, New York.

Art Direction: Wayland-TIMM-E

Music Composed by: Sherlie Matthews

Editing: HK Cut

Voice Over: Walter O"Neil

Special Thanks to: Skowhegan Alumni, Socrates Sculpture Park and staff, NYC Cultural Affairs, Thomas Lanigan Schmidt, Walter O'Neil, Jacob Kafka, Jayne A. Pierce

Dedicated to: Tomie DePaola '55
Sunday, September 11, 2011

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Please join the WAATSI * Sage doll-making workshop for the first SkowheganPERFORMS on Sunday, September 25th from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm at Socrates Sculpture Park.

Twenty-four alumni, spanning almost 15 summers of art-making at Skowhegan, will perform at various points throughout the afternoon around Socrates. Some performances will happen only once, others will be ongoing— all will be a great expression of the type of work that Skowhegan promotes and supports!

Performing Artists:
Timothy D. Bellavia (‘97)+ WAATSI * Sage doll-making workshop
Caitlin Berrigan (‘08) + Anya Liftig
Craig Drennen (‘06)
Rachel Frank (‘05)
Sean Glover (‘03)
John Gonzalez (’08)
Rosalinda Gonzalez (‘09)
Maya Hayuk (‘11) + Jef Scharf (‘00)
Kyoung Eun Kang (‘09)
Rafael Kelman (‘11)
John Landewe (‘00)
Jaeeun Lee (‘11)
Tyler McPhee (‘11)
Rosemarie Padovano (‘10)
Roxana Perez-Mendez (‘03) + Gabriel Martinez (‘03)
Andrew Ross (‘11)
Hoyun Son (‘08)
Tamara Suber (‘11)
Tomoe Tsutsumi (‘10) + Tomoe Matsuoko
Jonathan VanDyke (‘08)
Ian Warren (‘09)
Matthew Wilson (‘10)

Skowhegan and WAATSI * Sage doll-making workshop would like to thank the staff at Socrates Sculpture Park for their support of this event.

Hope to see you make a WAATSI Sage doll there!

The Skowhegan Alliance & Sage
Friday, September 9, 2011

Peace Celebration: Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation

Date: September 3, 2011

Art Direction: Wayland-TIMM-E

Editing: HK Cut

Music Composed by: Sherlie Matthews

Still Photography: Timothy D. Bellavia, Jayne A. Pierce

EXTRA Special thanks to Dr. Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

A big Mattie J.T. Stepanek "heartsong" shout-out to my friends at Hunter: Denise Rohan Jones, Jennifer Guss, Sonia Glasser, Miranda Lau, Daryn Sirota, Mae Koon, Anne Rosenthal, Elba Marrero and Dawn Roy.

Here is WAATSI * Sage doll making friend Jayne leading "hands on - minds on" peacemaking activities at the Heartsong / Red section this past Saturday, September 3, 2011 in Rockville, MD. NOTE: the Sage doll made in Mattie J.T. Stepanek's likeness ... We indeed played after the storm.

The WAATSI * Sage doll making workshop traveled to Washington D.C. Together we volunteered as well as made peace possible by setting camp at the Heartsongs / RED station at the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park in Maryland. Several participants made their own Sage dolls in the likeness of peacemakers such as Yoko Ono, Gandhi, Jimmy Carter, Oprah, Nile Rodgers, Bono, and Mattie himself.

Other activities the the Heartsongs RED station included: "Expressing Heartsongs" with the We are Family Foundations / Mattie J.T. Stepanek magnet set and the "Peace in our Hands" project ...
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I am SO happy that the Sage / WAATSI doll-making workshop was acknowledged by Lisa Dawn Miller.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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New York, NY – May 24, 2011 – Today, Timothy D. Bellavia award winning children’s author / illustrator, educator and founder of The T.I.M.M.-E. Co. Inc. is celebrating our common humanity worldwide. During a recent visit in Sierra Lorne he made stops in Freetown, Lungi, Pepel, Lunsar, and Makeni and visiting five schools including: Hope Day School and the Marc Bolan School of Music and Film. When asked about his trip Timothy D. Bellavia said, “I have never been prouder to be an educator in my entire life, all the students I worked with throughout my trip had such a strong desire to learn, which made me feel even more passionate about educating the underserved.”

Mr. Bellavia traveled to Sierra Lorne with singer / songwriter Gloria Jones as part of The Light of Love Foundation. During the scheduled We Are All The Same Inside ® workshops, the acclaimed children's book and accompanying Sage doll were distributed to the children of Sierra Leone by artist and educator himself . The Sage doll-making workshop celebrates a message of tolerance among all peoples while also embracing each other’s differences. Bellavia himself has toured over a hundred schools over the last decade, using his props to teach human diversity to children, and picking up many awards along the way.

For the trip to Sierra Leone, Bellavia collected school supplies, and educational materials from Sesame Workshop, The Fashion Center and Bellavia’s own We Are All The Same Inside ® Sage doll-making workshop based in New York City.

Last year the Sage doll-making workshop celebrated a landmark ten years. To mark the anniversary, Bellavia teamed up with singer, songwriter and former Motown Records producer Sherlie Matthews to bring music to the Sage doll-making workshop. The collaboration resulted in the release of "We Are All The Same Inside: 10th Anniversary Commemorative Single” - which ranked nationally on children's music listings as did a special DVD, “The Inside Story.” Both media formats were shared and distributed to several educators of Sierra Leone.

About the T.I.M.M.-E. Company Inc.

T.I.M.M.-E. Company Inc. was founded in 2000 by Timothy D. Bellavia. The company’s first publication earned a Christopher Award nomination, and an opportunity to present the doll-making curriculum on the International Day of Tolerance at the United Nations. In 2004, the New York City Department of Education awarded Mr. Bellavia's T.I.M.M.-E. Company a contract. Over the past decade, The T.I.M.M.-E. Co. Inc. has collaborated with the non-profit organizations Sesame Workshop, Core Knowledge, LeAp, Materials for the Arts, Project Aspire, We Are Family Foundation, S.P.R.C. among others.

About Timothy D. Bellavia

Timothy D. Bellavia is an award-winning children's author, illustrator and educator with a M.F.A. from Pratt Institute. Bellavia’s art has been exhibited throughout the United States. Currently, he teaches in the School of Education & Psychology – Graduate Division at Touro College in New York City. Bellavia is the author of several children’s picture books. Bellavia is the recipient of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture's Fellowship Grant (1997), Principal for a Day (2002), and Y.A.I. (Young Adult Institute) Teacher Recognition Award (2003).

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011

Dear friends:

I just returned from Sierra Leone and wanted to share some traveling tips to those who wish to fly off to Africa. Hope the list helps.

As always,

Sage xo

  1. Smile.

  2. Be prepared. Over prepare, if need be. Pack the following items: tissue, sunscreen, loose fitting clothes, a flashlight, and baby wipes.

  3. Carry cash, travelers checks and ALWAYS go with VISA. Master Card and American Express, DISCOVER are not always processed and / or accessible at ATMS, banks, etc.

  4. Wear a hat. It covers a multitude of sins such as dry and unconditioned hair.

  5. Be open and free ... we made lots of friends by being friendly.

  6. When eating breakfast, lunch or dinner be aware that some people around you are hungry. Save some portions and share ...

  7. If you don't like beer; entertain the idea of drinking it while you set up your African residency. Like your hat, beer is essential to your well being and health.

  8. Get your travel shots and malaria tablets. If possible, buy more malaria tablets than needed ... caring is some cases is sharing.

  9. Travel light -- ship your supplies and doll-making workshop essentials; as it gets costly when checking your HEAVY bags in the airport.

  10. Always have snacks on hand. We made lots of friends by sharing fruit roll-ups, goldfish and crackers and /or biscuits with the many of the children in Sierra Leone.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Saturday, April 2, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011

Photos courtesy of Light of Love Foundation (circa. 2011).

The above photos are reproduced courtesy of the Light of Love Foundation's Marc Bolan School of Music and Film in Sierra Leonne, West Africa. The children in West Africa are making WAATSI / Sage dolls. Thanks goes out to Gloria "Tainted Love" Jones for allowing the workshop at the school. Extra thanks to legendary singers, songwriters and Motown producers Janie Bradford and Sherlie Matthews for their support.
Monday, January 10, 2011

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