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).

Web site(s): http://www.weareallthesameinside.com, http://www.timothydbellavia.com.

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.

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