Featured: Artist, Tripp Jarvis

Tripp was born in Raleigh, NC and grew up in Holly Springs, NC. He earned his BFA from East Carolina University and went on to live in Eastern Europe where he attended the Estonian Academy of Art for two years. There, he was an active artist participating in many international exhibitions and symposia. Upon returning to the States he earned his MFA from ECU and went on to teach at Craven Community College in New Bern, NC. He resides in Holly Springs. He is father to Lyza and Andreas Jarvis.

“My work centers on the physical and spiritual worlds. I believe the heart is at the center of these two worlds. For me the physical world of matter is the foundation and vessel for a spiritual existence. Without the physical the spiritual couldn’t manifest itself, and the spiritual gives life to the physical. I see my sculptures as ‘Temple Heart Vessels.’ They speak about the sacredness of the world, the temple, which I feel is the meeting place of humanity and the divine, and is the vessel of the Great Spirit. It is my belief that the Heart is the greatest temple to be found. At its center is the sacred ground that unifies humanity as a whole. It is my hope that my sculptures awaken the heart to the ever-unfolding blossom of the divinity residing in us all, which together we make up the garden of life.”

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Education – Local, National, and International Initiatives

    • Providing ongoing comprehensive scholarships for education, medical, and living expenses for Nepali orphans in need in partnership with Americans for International Aid and Adoption. www.aiaa.org

 

    • Providing funding for the Alice Project, Sarnath and Bodhgaya, India. The Alice Project is a research project for the education of children and teachers. It is based on the integration of our inner and outer worlds, the transcendence of borders we artificially create, and the awakening and nurturing of the understanding of self. The methods used tap the most powerful potential we possess – the potential to be wise and kind. www.aliceproject.org

 

    • Supporting the Holly Springs Rotary Club Scholarship Fund, Holly Springs, NC, for students in need to pursue higher education, February 2012. www.hollyspringsrotaryclub.org

 

    • Supporting the International Montessori School scholarship fund to support outreach efforts to financially needy families who wish to attend the International Montessori School. IMS is a Spanish/French immersion school and has several families who attend both the primary (pre-K and K) and the elementary school on a 50% scholarship. Most of these scholarships are unfunded, which contributes to an annual shortfall for the last 3 years when the school moved to Durham and added the elementary program. Many families are attracted to the school to maintain their linguistic and cultural heritage. Some have an experience with bilingual education from their own childhood and want this for their children. Other families have adopted children with birth parents from Latin America and are motivated to offer them access to the language and culture of their birth. www.imsnc.org
      • Grant to the International Montessori School to support scholarships for those in need, May 2013.
      • Grant to the International Montessori School to support scholarships for those in need, June 2015.

 

    • Funding ongoing educational scholarships through the Society for Excellence in Education, Project Dadawas, India. The Dadawas Initiative promotes and improves education in rural areas., August 2012. www.societyforexcellenceineducation.org

 

    • Providing ongoing funding to establish and maintain an elementary school Computer Lab in Am Pipal, Nepal, through the Empower Nepal Project. www.EmpowerNepal.org

 

    • Grant to Stone House for scholarships to those in need, September 2012.

 

    • Sponsor two scholarships to Duke Integrative Medicine for attendees in need at a Self Compassion Retreat, January 2013.

 

    • Grant to North Carolina Central University for master’s thesis research on Resiliency for Victims of Domestic Abuse.  Awarded to Rita Schabel, MS, October 2014.

 

    • Awarding Academic Advancement Scholarship to help support grade school student for academic study in China.

 

New and Upcoming Initiatives

Physical and Mental Health: Local, National, and International Initiatives

    • Providing funding for the St Clare Health Mission Clinic in Sparta, a volunteer-run community clinic providing free or sliding scale services to families and individuals without insurance. www.stclarehealthmission.org

 

    • Providing scholarship assistance to the Saint Paul’s Center for Hope and Healing for mental health counseling for those with financial need. St. Paul’s Center for Hope and Healing (CHH) is a non-profit community-centered counseling and human services organization designed to provide psychological, physical, and spiritual support to any individual in need. As an outreach ministry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cary, North Carolina, St. Paul’s Center for Hope and Healing is dedicated to offering persons of all backgrounds and beliefs support, counsel, and education in finding new ways of viewing themselves, others, and the world around them. CHH strives to enhance the life of each individual who walks through its doors by offering programs and services to enhance the psychological, physical and spiritual well-being of each person, encouraging each to live a life of fulfillment. www.stpaulscary.org/
      • Grant to the Center for Hope and Healing, Cary NC for those in need, August 2012.
      • Grant to the Center for Hope and Healing for those in need, September 2013.

 

    • Contributing to the Stone House Scholarship Fund for those for financially needy attending the Days of Practice, Soul Sanctuary, the five-day residential retreat program, and other Stone House programs offered on a sliding scale to attendees in need. stone circles, a nonprofit organization located in Orange County, North Carolina. Our mission is to strengthen the work for justice through strategic action, spiritual life, and a sustainable relationship between land and communities. We are a small organization working to bring big changes to the world. We provide workshops and trainings to individuals and organizations doing social justice work that deepen their capacity to realize the change they seek in the world. Our goal is to transform individuals and their organizations so they can better sustain their efforts and work with greater effectiveness across racial, class, and cultural differences. www.stonecircles.org

 

    • Establishing a special fund for Elders in Need through the Holly Springs United Methodist Church Senior Ministry. www.hsumc.net
      • Donation to Resources for Seniors for elders in need, April 2014.

 

    • Funding scholarships for participants in need for the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Training through the Department of Duke Integrative Medicine at Duke Medical Center. www.dukeintegrativemedicine.org
      • Sponsor two scholarships to Duke Integrative Medicine for attendees in need at a Self Compassion Retreat, January 2013.

 

    • Contributing to the YMCA WeBuildPeople Campaign that provides life-changing experiences and makes our whole community stronger through YMCA tutoring, mentoring, camping, aquatics, sports, wellness and many other vital programs and services, assuring that no one is turned away due to lack of funds. 100% of the money raised goes directly to programs and services for children, teens, adults and families in need. www.YMCA.org

 

    • Helping fund the Durgapur Mission Trip through Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, NC to teach Hands on Healing Prayer to congregations in India.

 

    • Contributing to the Gynecologic Cancer Research Foundation- No Evidence of Disease Fund to educate and inform the public about gynecologic cancer through music and performance. www.nedtheband.com and www.compassiononcology.com/NED.php

 

    • Establishing a program that exchanges Frequent Flyer Miles for tax-deductible donations to the Hope James Foundation.Establishing a program that exchanges Frequent Flyer Miles for tax-deductible donations to the Hope James Foundation.

 

    • Healing Arts Initiative Grant to sponsor scholarships for a Writing to Heal Workshop facilitated by Janet Kangas, March 2012.

 

    • Healing Arts Initiative Grant to sponsor scholarships for a Mindful Self Care Workshop Scholarship facilitated by Jane Broden, April, 2012.

 

    • Scholarships and donations to Americans for International Aid and Assistance to support orphans in Nepal, July 2012.

 

    • Donation to the NC Lymphoma and Leukemia Society to support aid to patients and survivors, February 2013.
      • Donation to the NC Lymphoma and Leukemia Society to support aid to patients and survivors, March 2013.

 

    • Donation to El Futuro for mental health services for those in need, April 2014.Donation to El Futuro for mental health services for those in need, April 2014.

 

    • Donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease research, August 2014.

 

    • Grant to North Carolina Central University for master’s thesis research on Resiliency for Victims of Domestic Abuse.  Awarded to Rita Schabel, MS, October 2014.

 

    • Grant awarded to Holly Springs Arts Council for Healing Arts Initiative to support the Arts for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers.
    • Scholarship awarded to participant to attend the Marianne Williamson training on “Tears to Triumph: Overcoming Trauma”.  August 2017
    • Grant awarded to YWCA of Bangalore City, India to fund the Childrens Child Care Centers Meal Program. August 2017
    • Grant awarded to UNC Ph.D. candidate, Karen Sheffield, Ph.D. for dissertation, “perspectives of stress, psychological distress and self-care among pregnant African American women: An exploration of intersectional and integrative factors to help women and their healthcare providers understand and reduce stress-related risk for adverse birth outcomes.”

 

 

The Rao Chigurupati Memorial Fund

This fund is created by Lavanya Chigurupati, daughter of Mr Rao Chigurupati, in loving memory and honor of her dear father’s deep love for children, and his numerous efforts on their behalf. The fund, directed through the Hope James Foundation, specifically provides support to children in need.

Mr. Chigurupati was a man who was deeply loved and respected by those who knew him. He was treasured as a man with a loving heart, who was fun to be with, had a great number of friends, was deeply committed to justice and right action, and whose temper could be ignited by unfairness and wrongdoing. His responses to injustice were characterized by deep kindness, integrity, and compassionate action.

Mr. Chigurupati was especially fond of children. He dedicated himself to making one school in his village the best in the area. The school became noted for the excellent environment it provided for children from five local villages, for the high quality education children needed, the promotion of their personal development, and, the provision of these services without cost to families. He committed his energies to work closely with the teachers to support their efforts with students and families as well. These children came to lead successful, happy lives over many years.

In addition to his efforts promoting education and personal development for children and families, Mr. Chigurupati was active helping those in need access medical services and promote their health and well being. He was so concerned about the welfare of others that he would take adults and children to neighboring states, if necessary, for the best and most appropriate medical treatment. Mr. Chigurupati would wait with them and advocate on their behalf, taking them home and would later follow up with them to ensure that the treatment was effective. He navigated the complex government’s public health system with determination and persistence to secure funds for treatment of their health problems. Perhaps having polio himself heightened Mr. Chigurupati’s deep understanding, compassion and advocacy on behalf of those in need of medical care.

Beyond this, Mr. Chigurupati also helped individuals obtain justice and helped people at the community level as well. He advocated for individuals within the civil court systems, securing lawyers and monitoring each person’s progress, and organized his neighbors to have the government pave a village street. These volunteer efforts were responsible for transforming the dirt road into a safer and more sanitary means of travel.

Mr. Chigurupati died as he had lived. He lived with a generous heart, thrifty nature, and a sincere, unending commitment to others, assisting any and all who needed his help. A tragic accident occurred while he was helping an individual in need. This brought an end to Mr. Chigurupati’s life — a man who, day-to-day, gave the very best of himself for the benefit of others. We remember him dearly, and honor his memory with continuing service to others, as he did in his life.

 

New and Upcoming Initiatives

 

Healing Arts: Local, National, and International Initiatives

Awarding Academic and Career Advancement Scholarship to Holly Springs artist, Tripp Jarvis, www.trippjarvis.com

Artist’s Biography and Personal Statement: Tripp was born in Raleigh, NC and grew up in Holly Springs, NC. He earned is BFA from East Carolina University in 1998 and there went on to live in Eastern Europe in the country of Estonia, where he attended the Estonian Academy of Art. There, he was an active artist participating in many international exhibitions and symposia. Upon returning to the States he earned his MFA from ECU and then went on to teach at Craven Community College in New Bern, NC. He resides in Holly Springs. He is father to Lyza and Andreas Jarvis.

“My work centers on the physical and spiritual worlds. I believe the heart is at the center of these two worlds. For me the physical world of matter is the foundation and vessel for a spiritual existence. Without the physical the spiritual couldn’t manifest itself, and the spiritual gives life to the physical. I see my sculptures as “Temple Heart Vessels”. They speak about the sacredness of the world, the temple, which I feel is the meeting place of humanity and the divine, and is the vessel of the Great Spirit. It is my belief that the Heart is the greatest temple to be found. At its center is the sacred ground that unifies humanity as a whole. It is my hope that my sculptures awaken the heart to the ever-unfolding blossom of the divinity residing in us all, which together we make up the garden of life.”

Awarding Academic and Career Advancement Scholarship to Apex, N.C writer, J Mickela Sonola

Artist’s Biography and Personal Statement: J Mickela Sonola is a British Expat living in North Carolina. She studied writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and is about to embark on another academic adventure at North Carolina State University.

“Growing up I lived in England, Nigeria, Zambia and Papua New Guinea, ending up in U.K, where I attended Manchester Metropolitan University. As a third culture kid, I had a truly multicultural childhood, which has had a profound effect on my outlook on life and the development of my personal identity. I have written most of my life, beginning with journaling, then poetry but it was only when I was doing my undergraduate degree in Creative Arts that I started to ‘study’ writing. I had a drama and theatre background and I began writing for performance. It was at this stage that, when a narrative about a young girl began to appear in my writings, I realized that I was writing a novel. I took these ‘writings’ with me and pursued a MA in Creative Writing, at Manchester Metropolitan University where I graduated in 2004 with distinction. Since then I have been editing and polishing my first novel ‘Yinka’.”

Awarding Academic and Career Advancement Scholarship to Pittsboro, N.C. writer, Nancy Peacock

Artist’s Biography: Nancy Peacock’s first novel, Life Without Water, was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book. She followed this with a second novel, Home Across the Road, and a memoir, A Broom of One’s Own: Essays on Writing, Housecleaning and Life. She lives in Chatham County and sets most of her fiction somewhere along the Haw River. She teaches writing in her studio and invites you to read her personal statement below and visit her website: www.nancypeacockbooks.com

Artist’s Personal Statement: “I have never been to college. For years I cleaned houses for a living while writing, publishing, and dabbling in teaching. Since the publication of my last book, A Broom of One’s Own, I have been able to retire my mops, buckets and rubber gloves and take up teaching as my way to earn a living. I believe that there is great power in storytelling and that we all have stories inside of us, stories that need to be told and should be told. How else can we connect with each other, and understand our human condition, if not through telling and receiving each other’s stories. Stories are so profound and universal that they belong in all walks of life, from the halls of academia to the camps of the homeless, and everywhere in between. Our lives are our stories, and it is my hope that my work as a teacher, and the example I set as a writer, will encourage others to tell their stories. I especially hope to reach out to people who long to write but think that literature belongs to others, but not to them. It is my firm belief that literature belongs to all of us.”

Awarding Academic and Career Advancement Scholarship to Pittsboro, N.C. writer, Nancy Peacock

Ajit Anthony Prem is a filmmaker/writer/editor in Durham, North Carolina.  His interests range from obscure foreign films to mundane geekery to Roger Federer.  He has directed several award winning films including Dear Stranger, Banana Bus and A Walkthru.  He was the recipient of the 2009 Indy Arts award for filmmaking.  His editing credits include Two Bells, Two Worlds featuring Susan Sarandon and Howard Zinn, The Godfather of Basketball featuring Morgan Wootten, Coach K and Dereck Whittenburg.  He currently shoots, edits and directs for Figure 8 films, a North Carolina based television production company.

 

Grants

  • Sponsor scholarships for a Writing to Heal Workshop facilitated by Janet Kangas, March 2012.

 

  • Sponsor scholarships for a Mindful Self Care Workshop Scholarship facilitated by Jane Broden, April 2012.

 

  • Sponsor a writing scholarship for author, Nancy Peacock, June 2012.

 

  • Sponsor scholarships for those in need for a Loving Kindness and Self Compassion Workshop facilitated by Lisa Wickham, February 2013.

 

  • Grant awarded to Holly Springs Arts Council for a Healing Arts initiative to support the Arts for Healing in the Holly Springs community, December 2014.

 

  • Grant to support research on the healing effects of music on physical and mental health awarded to Aneesh Agarwal, March 2016.

 

  • Grant awarded to Holly Springs Arts Council for a Healing Arts Initiative to support the Arts for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers, March 2016.

 

  • Grant awarded to Holly Springs Arts Council for Healing Arts Initiative to support the Writing to Heal Workshop Series, facilitated by Janet Kangas, May 2016.

 

New and Upcoming Initiatives