Whimsical art and educational programming that creates transformational character building experiences and connections.
Broad participation creating artwork is bridging curriculum and social commitment to art and creative empowerment in a fresh new way. This triangulation of elements is helping instill ownership and accountability in students by giving access to thousands who might never have access to approach art as a personal capability. See Sample Project
Collaboration enhances shared spaces and enriches the human experience as it makes meaningful connections. The ability to present new social concepts and deconstruct complex personal outcomes with ongoing public exposure inspires Donato to push creativity in many diverse directions.
Donato’s ability to transform spaces into inspirational and uplifting learning environments is having a measurable positive effect on the communities and schools that host him. The style and process has resulted in a common response from students, teachers, community members, and the public; describing a persistent gravity pulling them into the artwork each time they see it and continuing to influence and challenge them to advance their own perspectives and awareness.
Donato has a degree in advertising design, worked in agriculture, construction, leadership development and has decades of experience in creating concepts, images, and materials for educational and corporate training. These cumulative experiences have had a significant role in defining who he is as an artist and has increased his ability to consistently create fresh and innovative programs.
John Donato is tirelessly working in the community to enrich and help those in need. It is not unusual to see him in public painting to help raise money for local communities. He has been involved in decades of public projects, donating his time, art and expertise to build awareness and encouraging philanthropic engagement.
The above video is an example of his work with The the regional non-profit Freeman Stage in which they collaborated to build 10 videos that guided families in the pandemic lockdown to create art using items from around the house. With a small budget to help with material costs, the 10 videos were produced in the early 10 weeks of the pandemic, and are accessible for free on youtube.