Art In Motion – Monica Watkins and her tireless endeavor

I got to spend another couple of hours with the ever charming Monica Watkins, Ford model and founder of Art In Motion.  Art In Motion’s mission is to bring art to disadvantaged children.  Through art and music she hopes to empower these young minds enabling them to express themselves in a positive manner.

Monica and Erin held the final open casting call for professional models at DIVA Soho last Wednesday.  Owner Naci Yangin certainly didn’t seem to mind the young and the beautiful spending the afternoon gracing his establishment.  We chatted for awhile, waiting for Erin Birmingham and Monica to arrive, and I learned a little about his life in Istanbul (another place of the list hubby, Jene and I want to visit).

The first casting call netted about 15 or so runway models willing to invest a few hours of work for a wonderful cause.

The final casting call was held yesterday.  A special thank you goes out to efforts of the models.


Monica working out all the details.

© Mary Durante Youtt

The Art Day Celebration will be held on June 20th at 1OAK on 17th St, NYC from 6 – 11pm.  Music, entertainment and a fashion show all for $25 ticket (advance purchase price) or $30 at the door.  Where else can you expect get all that for your money AND the proceeds will benefit Martine Longchamp’s Diakonos Orphanage in Carrefour, Haiti.

Children have a way of touching my heart and I am looking forward to making the trip with Monica and her entourage this coming July and meeting these kids.  Art gives you a socially acceptable way to express yourself, your pain, anguish, suffering is eased when you can express your feelings, it is part of a healing process, but it also allows the hope and joy you may be afraid to speak of, seep to the surface.  Music, art, dance, poetry – begins in your heart and soul, it’s the passion you wear on your sleeve for all to see.  The interpretation is up to each viewer, because art is both objective and subjective at the same time.  It connects one to another for brief and elusive moments.

So thank you Monica for all that you give. Martine for all the love you encompass, Erin for your devotion, time and talent and all the countless people who champion this cause, who give of your time, creativity and who believe in ‘paying it forward’.

Host Committee:
Monica Watkins, Ford Models
Shana Pederson, Life Preservers
Dani Evans, Click Model (Winner of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 6)
Marc Baptiste, Award-Winning Photographer
Angela Simmons of Pastry Designs and Run’s House
Erin Gabriella of Makeover Nightlive
Guadalupe Tomic, Ford Models
Heather Ann Burton, Ford Models
Ernesto Araujo, Supermodel
Etienne De Yans, Tapis Rouge Hospitality
Steve Azor, Trip TV Channel 28
Leora Edut of The Art Of Beauty Experience
Toyan Gay, Sonu Bevarages

I am honored and humbled to be a part of this dream and vision and to add whatever I can to the mix.

Fashion Show Produced by RUNWAY HAITI 8PM
special live performance by Grammy nominated, Universal Records artist
Shontelle starting at 9:30pm

It’s a worthy cause and promises to be a fun and entertaining night out on the town.  Please come and lend your support.

Mary Durante Youtt


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