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Mark Scheflen
An international artist and gifted change maker, Mark Scheflen is best known for a wide range of artistic and humanitarian accomplishments. These include educational projects, photography, visual art, documentaries, and writing. A professional photographer, videographer, and teacher, he earned a degree in Anthropology from State University of New York. His work brings hope and healing to those in need of both. Scheflen founded Kiboko Projects in 1999 as an artistic exchange between at-risk school children in New York City and students in the Machakos and Makueni Counties of Kenya. This nonprofit organization has expanded to focus on art, education and cultural exchange programs between the U.S., Russia, and Africa (Kenya, South Africa, and plans for Uganda in 2019). They use the creation of masks and other art forms as a way for teens and adults to express their ideas and explore their lives.  In addition to hosting workshops, he teaches art and cultural studies in secondary schools, colleges and universities. In 2018, Scheflen worked to complete MweziOne a project involving a Bronx public high school and university involving medical students as mentors, and a secondary school in Kenya. His artwork, and that of the Kiboko Projects’ participants, has been displayed in museums, galleries, educational and cultural centers worldwide, including a UNICEF-sponsored show at the United Nations. Also available globally, Scheflen has published a book titled, A Way Forward: One African Woman's Transformation to a Meaningful Life (2017). These accomplishments have earned him numerous awards, grants and recognition for his continued dedication. Grantors include the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.