Storytelling and Design for Good

On December 15-16, 2012, Benevolent Media hosted a weekend marketplace that featured handpicked vendors dedicated to eco-conscious art, craft and design, plus family-friendly activities, with a special focus on local artists, businesses and nonprofits that “give back” to the environment or the community.

A food and clothing drive, organized by RaiseDC, benefited So Others Might Eat (SOME), the only interfaith, community-based organization in the District of Columbia that offers a comprehensive, holistic approach to caring for the homeless and extremely poor citizens of our city.

Saturday & Sunday, December 15-16
8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Union Market
1309 5th Street NE
Washington, D.C.

Free and open to the public.

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// Call to Action:

RaiseDC accepted food and clothing donations to benefit So Others Might Eat (SOME). RaiseDC is a social and fundraising experiment testing the boundaries of collaboration. By hosting benefit events and engaging local stakeholders, our “virtuous nightlife” strives to bring grassroots fundraising, arts and music promotions, and city partnerships to new frontiers. All profits from events benefit D.C. charities.

Twitter: @raisedc
Facebook: RaiseDC


// Vendor List:

Baltimore Love Project
The Bouffon Co./La Compania del Bouffon
SoapBox Soaps
Tiffany Lindsley
Twice As Warm
Words Beats & Life
YB Green

Baltimore Love Project
The Bouffon Co./La Compania del Bouffon
Bella Acai 
Words Beats & Life
YB Green


// Featured Giving Vendors:

A few years ago, artist Michael Owen developed a design of four hands spelling out the word “love.” Now, this image will be painted on 20 walls, spread evenly across the communities of Baltimore City. The murals, known collectively as the Baltimore Love Project, will be identical in regards to content, only ranging in size. (Saturday & Sunday)

Twitter: @BmoreLOVEproj
Facebook: baltimoreloveproject



The Bouffon Co./La Compania del Bouffon is a multi-cultural entertainment theater group  based in the tradition of Commedia dell’Arte fools and jesters characters, French mime drama and street theater. They make masks and puppets out of papier mache and recycled materials, as well as teach art workshops and actors’ training for all  ages. Artistic Director David Camero will be selling his masks, leading a puppet- and mask-making workshop, and presenting a speical a cappella musical performance.  (Saturday & Sunday)



Catherinette leather goods are handmade just outside of the beltway using industrial salvage and upcycled leather.  Owner, designer and maker Katie Stack is committed to using the most earth-friendly supplies and methods available. 10% of her sales at The Giving Market will be donated to So Others Might Eat, an organization committed to helping the homeless in Washington, D.C. (Sunday only)

Twitter: @Katieiscrafty
Facebook: Catherinette


Funkiedo’s mission is to inspire the world to see beauty differently. We believe that beauty is not bought, it is nurtured, and it comes from a healthy love and respect for oneself, family, community and environment. We are committed to providing our customers with superior body care products that keep the skin healthy and glowing, using only the finest certified organic, wildcrafted or all-natural ingredients that have been fairly traded. We  sponsor events and organizations that seek to empower and improve the quality of life for people in underserved communities worldwide, and strive to live in harmony with mother nature by packaging our products in recycled or eco-friendly materials.

Twitter: @funkiedo
Facebook: funkiedo

MOTHERBORED believes there’s beauty beyond that nasty bug or virus computers can catch and are easily discarded as trash. Saved from their death at your local landfill, Michelle recycles desktop-laptop computers into beautiful unique jewelry and accessories. All salvaged computers have colorful motherboards awaiting her discovery! Using as much as possible from the computers, she leaves little to no scrap trail behind. Each piece is made solely by her, from start to finish. (Sunday only)

Facebook: GMbyMichelle

Q is committed to creating personal visions through re-usable and upcycled materials. Taking the time to see what it could be instead of what it is.  (Saturday only)

Twitter: q_the_mediocre




SoapBox Soaps donates a bar of all-natural soap to children in need, all over the world, every time someone buys a bar from us. Simple hand-washing could save more than 3,000 children’s lives everyday. Bar for bar, help us save lives.

Twitter: @soapboxsoaps
Facebook: soapboxsoaps



Tiffany Lindsley: “My shop features unique and high quality jewelry and handbags imported from overseas. I discovered these treasures while on extended travel to help find my spark again following the loss of my mother in a terrible accident.  This company allows me to work with and give back to the countries, communities, and people that touched my heart and helped it to heal.” (Saturday only)

Twitter: @tifflindsley
Facebook: TiffanyLindsleyEnterprises



Twice As Warm is a clothing company that matches each purchase with a donation of a new clothing item to a person in need: “wear one, give one.” (Saturday only)

Twitter: @twiceaswarm
Facebook: twiceaswarm




Udacha: “I create handmade, one-of-a-kind, pockets of all shapes and sizes out of leather.  Whether they are my original “urban holster” pocket belts, iPad sleeves, or coin purses, all of the leather I use is salvaged or repurposed. I love taking these unwanted, unloved hides and giving them new life in the form of a both fun and functional object.” (Sunday only)

Twitter: @udachadesigns



Words Beats & Life was originally founded as a hip-hop conference at the University of Maryland, College Park in the fall of 2000. Words Beats & Life is a non-profit organization that transforms individual lives and communities through hip-hop. (Saturday & Sunday)

Twitter: @wordsbeatslife
Facebook:  wordsbeatslife



YB Green Recycled Glass Jewelry was created in New Orleans in 2009 to raise awareness that the City has not recycled glass since Hurricane Katrina and there is a community need for it.  Glass bottles are collected from the hardest hit community–the 9th Ward–then cleaned, crushed and melted into beautiful jewelry. (Saturday & Sunday) 

Twitter: @cryb
Facebook: YBGreenJewelry



// Activity List:

Collective art-making by Angela Varela
Puppet- and mask-making by David Camero
Mixed media crafts by Candy Schibli
Letter-writing by Erica Schlaikjer
Theatrics by The DC Mime
Hip-hop performance by Prinz-D The First Deaf Rapper

Collective art-making by Angela Varela
Letter-writing by Erica Schlaikjer
Theatrics by The DC Mime
Hip-hop performance by Prinz-D The First Deaf Rapper
Photographic portraits by Sarah & Samantha


// Featured Giving Artists:

Angela Varela is a senior at American University studying cross-cultural communications. The Colombia native believes in social change through effective communications and fomenting culture and art. She hopes to pursue a career in marketing and one day become a social entrepreneur. She will be leading a design activity to create a collective art piece out of discarded boxes. (Saturday & Sunday, 1pm-4pm)




In an activity led by David Camero, learn how to use papier mache, recycled materials and basic art supplies to  create your own theatrical mask or  puppet, whether you  want to depict a curious animal or traditional Venetian figure, you’ll be inspired to  make a fun wearable costume. To see samples, visit & Sunday, 11am-2pm)

David Camero will also perform Christmas carols  with his special puppet character, “Il Trovy,” including traditional songs and games from Ibero-America in Spanish, Portuguese and  French. (Saturday & Sunday, 2pm-3pm)



Graphic District is a mixed media project from artist Candy Schibli celebrating the graffiti and street art of Washington, D.C. while raising support for victims of domestic violence through the House of Ruth. Candy will lead a craftmaking workshop to celebrate the holiday season. (Saturday only, 1pm-5pm)






Trained in traditional theatre and self-trained in physical theatre, The DC Mime engages passersby with imaginative antics and occasionally gives out “ballons” to anyone who will wait for them to be blown up. Follow your imagination and get stuck in an invisible box with this comical community artist who enjoys giving you the gift of laughter. (Saturday & Sunday, 11am)

Facebook: TheDCMime




Prinz-D The First Deaf Rapper will give a performance about his journey as a rapper. Since taking speech therapy to become a full-time hip-hop recording artist, he has influenced and inspired the deaf youth community, proving not only to them but the hearing community that his talent belongs in the hearing-dominant music industry. (Saturday & Sunday, 7pm)

Twitter: @Prinzd2010
Facebook: Prinz-D The First Deaf Rapper



Sarah & Samantha is a photobooth and event photography company that combines Sarah’s background in business & the event photography industry with Samantha’s remarkable knowledge of studio lighting to create a photobooth business very different from the norm – fresh, creative and artistic while also professional and high-quality. We’ll be setting up a photobooth and pairing up with a local printer to donate 8″ x 10″ prints of individual and family portraits taken at The Giving Market. We’re so grateful for the opportunity to be involved in this wonderful cause. (Sunday only, 11am-3pm)

Twitter: @sarahsamphoto
Facebook: sarahandsamantha


To get involved as a vendor, exhibitor or teaching artist, contact: