Jasper Wong and POW! WOW! + CODE GIVE676

POW! = the impact that art has on people and WOW! = the reaction people have when seeing art. Together, POW WOW = a Native American term describing a gathering celebrating culture, music, and art. Founder of nonprofit organization POW! WOW!, Jasper Wong passionately believes that “we can affect real change through art and music.” He enthusiastically champions the idea that public art is capable of “changing the very fabric of the walls, making [communities] more inviting and safe; providing pride in one’s own place; connecting global communities of artists with local ones, [and] building bridges.” Several longitudinal studies tracking children, teenagers, and young adults including this one support the ideas Jasper espouses, demonstrating too that high involvement in the arts increases students’ academic outcomes, career goals, and levels of civic engagement.

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In the eight years since its inception, POW! WOW! has morphed into a global network of artists hosting and producing gallery shows, school events, live art installations, lecture series, and concerts all around the world. In 2017 alone, POW! WOW! produced 10 arts festivals across the globe, and last year they conducted a project in Nepal to support an underserved school. Yet POW! WOW! still manages to descend upon Honolulu every February, bringing together more than 100 local and international artists to create murals and other forms of art. This past February, we were in Honolulu with them, and we can’t wait for you to see our new Art of PLAE shoe designed by none other than Jasper Wong himself.

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There is no stream of income to fund the community beautification work POW! WOW! does – their work is entirely donation-financed. If you want to help beautify neighborhoods, educate communities about art and music, connect people through the creation of public art, and celebrate indigenous art and culture, use code GIVE676 at checkout every time you shop at PLAE.co and we will contribute 10% of your purchase price directly to POW! WOW!