La Finca Sonador

Verona at La Finca Sonador with Guadalupe Urbina, Lucca & Rolando Spendlingwimmer


Roberto Zamora

Roberto Zamora, Costa Rican
Attorney & Verona
"Peace As A Human Right"


Children

Gusein, The Peaceful Warrior in Dagestan


Soon Duk KIm

Quest For Justice is Soon Duk Kim's story. Here she is demonstrating in front of the Japanese Embassy in
San Francisco 2004.


Karl Linn

Karl Linn from Berkeley, CA
Digital Media Biography


Ansel Adams

Short film for Ansel Adams
Centennial at Yosemite, CA


Karl Linn

Huarmi Marqui in Ecuador

OUR MISSION

We strive to connect digital media with the social fabric of our lives by working with projects that have underlying social, spiritual, cultural value.
We produce and support educational digital media projects that have social relevance or contribute to a deeper understanding of cultural, spiritual and civic involvement in the world.

ABOUT IRIS

Iris Arts & Education Group, a 501(c)3 organization, was founded by Jan Camp in 1992 to be a container for emerging visual artists to show and share their work. In 1997 Verona Fonte became the Executive Director and Chair of the Board of Directors, shifting the focus somewhat, working mainly in the emerging digital media arena to, first, assist young people to become competent visual storytellers using the internet as their distribution vehicle. In the last few years as the internet has transformed the production and distribution of media, art and education the organization has focused on the production of digital medium projects for other nonprofits organization in socially relevant arenas. We donate our services, productions, at times training and software to nonprofit organizations that have something to add in terms of educating, informing or inspiring projects in arenas where heart, head and the public good are aligned.  When approached by funded sources who offer to pay us for our services, we accept, as this is how we maintain our funding. But this is never the basis for our project selection.
Iris support includes organizational consultation, fiscal sponsorship, the production of media, websites and promotional materials that aid an organization’s mission and objectives. These materials range from websites to short movies, posters, postcards to books.
Iris also continues to work with well known artists, creating short films with socially relevant narratives.

2015 FIELD & FISCAL  SPONSOR  PROJECTS

Iris provides fiscal sponsorship for selected projects that fit within the mission of the organization.

THE RAFAEL MANRIQUEZ FESTIVAL

La Peña Cultural Center on May 9th, 2015 at 8 PM.

The spirit and talent Rafael Manriquez' will be celebrated at the First Annual Rafael Manriquez Festival where Bay Area greats will perform published and unpublished songs by Rafael Manriquez.

Jackie Rago, Lichi Fuentes, John Santos, Avotcja, Fernando Torres and Hugo Wainzinger are among several musicians who have agreed to play.

We hope to bring artists from Chile in following years to showcase the connections Rafael spent a lifetime building.

Donate through Iris Arts to fund arrangements of the songs, rehearsals, publicity and the performance.

Donate directly to the Festival Committee to support the production of the new CD.

Help let folks know about the date and time of the event and get priority and general seating tickets which will be sold starting March 1st, 2015 through the Brown Paper Tickets web site

VOZ   PROPRIA
Iris has provided consultation,digital media support to the Voz Propia Foundation since 2007. The primary objective of this foundation is the artistic and cultural development of socially challenged children and youth.  Along with this concern for youth Voz Propia's projects focus on maintian cultural identity and creating projects that support issues of sustainability.  Guadalupe Urbina is the founder and cultural manager of that organization. She continues to dedicate her work for the preservation and dissemination of the cultural identity of northwestern Costa Rica and the protection of natural resources and the environment by involving children is related projects. Iris is currently consulting and designing projects for Guadalupe Urbina and collaborating with the socio-environmental project Centro de Arte para el Desarrollo Integral in Longo Mai located in Finca Sonador (Sonador Farm), in Buenos Aires de Osa, southern Costa Rica. Children of this project are working in conjunction with UNAPROA, an organization of compesinos working to protect their watershed from run off from huge pineapple plantations that are in mountain areas.  Iris Arts & Education is currently developing and managing the fundraising campaign for the CASA MADREMONTE - the first building for the Centro de Arte Y Sostenibilidad in Longo Mai. The building, CASA MADREMONTE, designed by Costa Rican architects, is a model for sustainable building in the tropics.  Our hope and intention is to inspire both local residents, and designers from other cultures, to integrate local resources, habitats and basic human needs in building habitats in the future.  To donate to this project go to our "Contributions" page.

BIOMEDLINK
BioMedLink is a start-up social venture designed to build community and commerce around affordable biomedical innovations. BioMedLink aims to bridge the gap between medically-underserved clinicians, innovators, and those who fund, manufacture, and distribute biomedical devices and mobile health apps throughout the developing world.   2013

DISASTER   PREPARATION
In response to the swine flu emergency Iris Arts has offered the comprehensive disaster preparation book "Bird Flu What To Do: Prepare To Survive" and a PDF copy of the updated version "What To Do: Prepare To Survive" both by Verona Fonté to non-profit, religious and community organizations who are interested in creating disaster resistant communities. The organizations need provide only the cost of shipping the books to their location.

Former Iris projects not included on this website: Digital Media Literacy & The Altruistic Archetype