“Kindness is Love, which is strong enough to hold up worlds”
Lydia serves as the Chief Servant of iHeartArt, an organization that works to transform hearts through visual art.
Lydia studied studio art in Florence, Italy and has public art works displayed in California, Colorado and Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with mechanical specialty and a Masters in Information. She loves to think and create and make innovation happen and believes the highest form of innovation happens in the heart.
She knows what it means to need a second chance and to experience the mercy of God. Millions of other human beings on the planet have also sensed their need for a second chance, including Americans who are currently in prison.
In 2010, 2.3 million people were incarcerated in federal and state prisons across the United States. Over 90% of people imprisoned people are released back into society. Out of those released, up to 40% go back to prison within three years. And the estimated unemployment rate for those who have served time is between 40 and 60 percent.
Included in these millions, is a treasure trove of incredibly talented artists who also need a second chance. Yet, because they are inside, their masterpieces often go unseen by the world, making these artists virtually invisible.
iHeartArt visits artists inside prisons, facilitates art programs, introduces the artists to the free iHeartArt mobile app on Android, and showcases their incredible masterpieces in the mobile app at low cost. It allows art lovers to connect with and collect otherwise hidden masterpieces, give hope, and help change lives for the better. And it allows artists to rebuild their lives and give back to their families and society at large.