Supporting Paintbrush Diplomacy

In 1972 Paintbrush Diplomacy founder and Bay Area artist Char Pribuss and her husband Rudy began exchanging children’s art internationally, giving children in more than 100 countries an enhanced sense of their own creativity while introducing them to children in other cultures (see Paintbrush Diplomacy has exchanged thousands of pieces of children’s art, and its collection of over 1000 pieces of outstanding child art has been displayed throughout the world.

In 2012 Paintbrush Diplomacy moved to Cal State East Bay and creation of the Paintbrush Diplomacy Teaching Museum began.  This online educational resource displays over 500 examples of children’s art and can be retrieved by country, age and gender of artist, year and theme.  An accompanying curriculum demonstrates to the young that all artists, famous or not, child or adult, engage in similar processes in moving from inspiration to a high quality artistic product.  It guides the teaching of those processes and helps children to daydream and sense the world in new ways. It is based on a new vision of what students need to know to create a better world. We aim to teach children what people like Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs believed – without imagination and trained ability to depict new ideas, effective problem solving, scientific discovery or invention cannot follow. The Paintbrush Diplomacy Teaching Museum will enable children to grow artistically and to envision the interconnections between math, science, technology, art, the humanities, and the human uses of ideas and objects.

You can be instrumental in bringing the Paintbrush Diplomacy Teaching Museum into existence by donating. Below are some leading spirits in the history of art, humanity, and science.  Donate according to your resonance with one of these leading spirits. Whether you are a Leonardo da Vinci donor or a Sally Ride donor, your involvement with the Paintbrush Diplomacy Learning will bring much richness to your life and to the world. Your giving entitles you to special privileges and gifts as described below. Donors are acknowledged on the Paintbrush Diplomacy Teaching Museum website and in Paintbrush Diplomacy brochures.  Donors are acknowledged on the Honor Roll of Friends of Paintbrush Diplomacy and on other sites such as and Paintbrush Diplomacy brochures.


Image of Leonardo daVinci. Child's image of underwater craft.

Da Vinci Donor ($20,000 or more)

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (1452- 1519) – painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer. A man of great curiosity and inventive imagination, he exemplified the merging of art with science and humanism. Da Vinci donors fund the development of the online Teaching Museum over the next 5 years, the curating of the collection over the next 2 years, or purchase of art supplies for 500 impoverished children.


Portrait of Benjamin Franklin. Child's drawing showing how to make shoes from car tires.

Franklin Donor ($10,000 – $19,999)

Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790) was the tenth son of a soap maker. Though his parents could afford only one year of schooling, Franklin’s love of reading and learning and his sense of independence and habit of hard work earned him a vital place in world history as a printer, author, scientist, inventor, civic leader, politician and founder of our nation. Franklin donors fund the development of the online Teaching Museum over the next 2 years, the curating of the collection over the next year, or purchase of art supplies for 250 impoverished children.


Photo of Steve Jobs. Child's painting of Viking-like ship with visionary eye on sail.

Jobs Donor ($5,000 – $9,999)

Steve Jobs (1955-2011) emphasized design elegance, considered himself a humanist as well as a scientist/engineer, and credited Zen Buddhism for his ability to envision what he wished to create and then to persevere until each product was designed with great beauty and integrity. His inventions have enabled oppressed peoples to communicate and change the direction of their lives. Jobs donors contribute to the development of the online teaching museum, or providing art supplies for impoverished children.


Photoportrait of Albert Einstein. Child's painting of Copernicus in his observatory.

Einstein Donor ($1,000 – $4,999)

Albert Einstein (11079 – 1955) revolutionized physics and our ideas about the structure of the universe. He is regarded as the father of modern physics and one of the great intellects in human history. He emphasized the importance of imagery and imagination: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Einstein donors contribute somewhat substantially to the development of the online teaching museum, the curating of the collection, or to providing art supplies for very poor children.


Photoportrait of Marie Curie. Child's image of scientist at work in lab.

Curie Donor ($500 – $999)

Marie Sklodowska-Curie (11067 – 1934) physicist and chemist, discovered radium,and was the first person honored with two Nobel Prizes. Ever an altruist and humanist, she urged the use of mobile radiography units for the treatment of wounded soldiers in World War I, donated her gold Nobel Prize medals to the war effort and later joined political efforts to free her native country, Poland. Curie donors contribute substantially in the enrichment of the lives of children in war-torn countries by providing artistic experience and introducing them to children in other countries.


Photoportrait of Agnes deMille. Child's painting of Chilean dancers.

De Mille Donor ($250 – $499)

Agnes de Mille (1905 – 1993) was a pioneer dancer and choreographer whose love of acting and dancing was thwarted by her parents who said she was not pretty enough, and that dancing was not a profession. Her many awards include a Tony Award and the National Medal of Arts in recognition of the great understanding she gave the world about the way in which the intellectual struggles of life could lead to lasting good and beauty. De Mille donors support mailing up to 40 packages of artwork from diverse countries to children in other classrooms around the world.


Photoportrait of Jules Verne. Child's drawing of man toiling near fantastic machine.

Verne Donor ($100 – $249)

Jules Verne (110210-11095) wrote about space, air and underwater travel before these were regarded as possible. While Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1970), A Journey to the Center of the Earth (11064), and Around the World in Eighty Days (11073) earned him fame, his posthumously published Paris in the Twentieth Century (1964) is more prescient; it is about a young man who lives in a world of glass skyscrapers, high-speed trains, gas-powered automobiles, calculators and a worldwide communications network. Verne donors support mailing up to 15 exchange packages of artwork.


Photoportrait of Sally Ride. Child's drawing of space vehicles on another planet.

Ride Donor (under $100)

Sally Ride (1951-2012) is the first American woman to travel to outer space. She helped develop the Space Shuttle’s robot arm, and provided research evidence for Einstein’s general theory of relativity. She founded a company that creates science publications and programs for 4th to 10th grade students, particularly girls. Ride is known for her humanistic concerns. She was the only public figure to support Roger Boisjoly when he went public with pre-disaster warnings of technical problems with the Space Shuttle Challenger. Ride donors support mailing up to 10 exchange packages of artwork.

Image of chart showing donor levels and gifts.

Paintbrush Diplomacy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our federal tax ID number is 94-3030611. Your contributions to Paintbrush Diplomacy are tax deductible minus the market value of any gifts received.

Please make checks out to Paintbrush Diplomacy, and mail to Professor Lettie Ramirez, Treasurer, Paintbrush Diplomacy, Department of Teacher Education, California State University, East Bay, Hayward, CA 94542.

Contributions by credit card may be made via

Contributions specifically designated “for Paintbrush Diplomacy” may also be made via checks made out to Cal State Educational Foundation, and mailed to University Advancement, Cal State East Bay, Hayward, CA 94542.



The Teaching Museum employs the emerging National Academy of Science’s framework for K-12 education (see ), and the larger “common core” curriculum effort being led by the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association of for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve (see ). Much of its specific curriculum is based on Harvard’s Project Zero Art Research program, drawing especially on its Studio Habits of Mind (see ) for teaching critical thinking about art.



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