Art for Animals' Sake (AFAS) strives to inspire a message of compassion through teaching artistic skills as a tool to empowerment and developing healthy social coping mechanisms.
AFAS’s art workshops also help to fill the vacancy in art educational in public school programs. Participants in the program gain experience in a variety of art mediums, including painting, drawing and photography.
The workshops use animal advocacy as a central theme, which provides the participant with a meaningful connection to their art and simultaneously conveys valuable life lessons. This is beneficial especially to pre-teen youth, validating one’s ability to control and express oneself in a healthy and constructive way.
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David Walega, Founder/ Director
David has expertise in fine arts painting, photography and digital communications. David has long been a proponent of animal rights, as well an active animal advocate. David’s combination of a passion for the arts and the welfare of all animals ultimately led to the creation Art for Animals’ Sake.
David’s credentials include working in animal rescue and the rehabilitation of dogs, cats and farm animals. Dedicating countless hours caring for animals, he helped provide adequate medical care to injured and malnourished animals, finding shelter for neglected and abused animals, as well as providing operational support. On several occasions, he worked in conjunction with local law enforcement to document cases of animal abuse in order to bring justice to the offender with an animal abuse conviction.
David has also been the facilitator of a variety of silent auctions providing various organizations with not only monetary support, but also artistic media donated by local artists. David holds a BFA from the Pratt Institute in New York and a Masters of Communications in Digital Media from the University of Washington.
Melanie Sears, CNP (Certified Nonprofit Professional)
Melanie is an animal activist currently living in Seattle, WA. Melanie joined AFAS shortly after earning her under graduated degree, and has assisted with grant writing, event planning and outreach. Melanie is passionate about connecting humans with nonhuman animals and nature. Having recently worked with the Washington Conservation Corps, Melanie currently works with developmentally disabled adults.