33 | Founder and Executive Director, ProjectArt, New York, USA
In 2011, Adarsh Alphons founded ProjectArt, an organisation that exists to put paintbrushes into the hands of American children who have no other access to arts education. Since its launch in Harlem, and working with public libraries to provide free after-school classes, the scheme has expanded across New York, and to Miami, Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago and Pittsburgh; it is now the largest art school for young people in the US. Alphons was a Columbia Community Scholar from 2014–17, was named a CNN Hero in 2015, and has been listed in Town and Country as one of the 50 leading philanthropists in the world.
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