Civic Duty Gives Creative Arts Charity Support and a Smile

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Civic Duty and its co-founders, Dr. Michael Omidi and his brother Julian Omidi, are the newest sponsors of Smiles through Art, a nonprofit organization that creates arts programs for hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the United States, as well as in developing and war-torn countries around the world.

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Civic Duty and co-founders Julian Omidi and Dr. Michael Omidi announce their support of the charity Smiles through Art, an organization devoted to bringing interactive arts appreciation programs to young children and adults afflicted with chronic and potentially terminal illnesses, as well as their families. The charity’s strategy is two-fold: giving those with serious medical conditions a voice through their creativity and art, and secondly, to elevate the environmental design of hospitals and medical facilities to alleviate stress and promote healing.

“Creative arts programs and inspiring surroundings are vitally important to intellectual, emotional and spiritual development,” says Civic Duty co-founder Dr. Michael Omidi. “Smiles through Art gives people who are suffering from grave illnesses an opportunity for self-exploration and healing, which is like ray of sunshine into their dark circumstances. Civic Duty is proud to help this organization and be a part of its mission.”

Smiles through Art (http://www.smilesthroughart.blogspot.com) was founded by Sharon Persovski, a graphic and environmental designer with a passion for community development through art and design. Persovski, who has multitudes of experience in the design of large scale international projects – from shopping malls in Japan, Singapore and Mexico to luxury spas and hotels in Las Vegas and China, has decided to put her many years as an accomplished environmental designer to work -- helping those in great need. The organization helps people suffering from degenerative illnesses explore different avenues of emotional healing. Adults and children in particular are allowed to use their creative instincts to help navigate their fears and anxieties about their illnesses in a way that expands their horizons.

Persovski is an advocate of using environmental design as a process for positive impact on people’s health. She believes that physical environment has a significant effect on reducing stress for both patients and caregivers, increasing the overall quality of care, and most importantly improving health outcomes. Smiles through Art works closely with doctors, healthcare administrators, and emergency aid workers to develop art projects in hospitals and healthcare institutions around the world, not only in the United States, but in other countries including Mexico and Afghanistan.

Civic Duty (http://www.civicduty.org) is dedicated to mankind’s search for meaning and promotes the values of its founders, philanthropists Julian Omidi and his brother Dr. Michael Omidi. The charity’s mission is to inspire creative outreach, community service, and volunteerism through the stories of every-day people who are making an extraordinary difference in the world. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow men.” To get involved and help make a difference, send us a message using the website’s Contact Us function. More information about Civic Duty can be found on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Twitter.

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