African Artist Foundation

August 5, 2011

African Artists Foundation, c/o Nike Davies Okundaye, Nike Art Gallery Limited, P. O. Box 71985, Victoria Island, Lagos, NIGERIA.

Dear Nike:

It is our very great pleasure to present you and the African Artists Foundation with the original artwork herewith enclosed, a gift of The Blossom Project.

The purpose of the Blossom Project is to inspire people to do their best to serve the needs of global community, as defined by the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations. The enclosed watercolour painting is one of 19 we are sending out as gifts to individuals or groups able to bring about positive change in the world.

Each painting is a token of acknowledgement for work already done. Each is a gesture of encouragement for work that may yet be undertaken in the future.

Specifically, we acknowledge your work to develop art as a viable career choice in Africa. Your group has created a strong range of income support programs for artists, both women and men. Your programs also address current public health issues like HIV, domestic violence, teen pregnancy. Your touring exhibition programs bring art to communities that otherwise have little access to it.

We encourage you to find ways to share your model outside Nigeria and to continue linking art with sustainable development goals.

The enclosures provide background on The Blossom Project, the paintings, the recipients, the Millennium Development Goals, and ourselves.

All the information, including a copy of this letter, may be viewed online at Should you chose to respond to us, you may do so directly on the website, by email at or by regular mail, address below. We would love to hear from you!

sincerely yours,

Marlene Yuzak and Allan Casey

The Blossom Project 120 – 9th Street East, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, S7N 0A2