The mission of HonorWorks is to “create opportunities for individuals and organizations, especially those in need, to maximize their potential through Art and Education”. This mission is fulfilled through key programs and initiatives focused on education, and culture and community:
Honoring Our Heritage Curriculum
The curriculum "Honoring our Heritage: Exploring Issues of Discrimination" creates a foundation for classroom discussion, inquiry development, and group and individual introspection. This curriculum not only examines the heritage of Native Americans in Whatcom County, Washington, but also explores the issues of stereotypes, cultural perspectives, and discrimination between the people who live here. In the past, these issues have encouraged an underlying but powerful framework of distrust and miscommunication that often hinders the spirit of true and effective communication. Read a more detailed description of this program here.
Elements of Honor Workshops
The Elements of Honor Workshop is an interactive group discussion facilitated by Swil Kanim. He leads participants through processes and exercises that demonstrate how Honor can work in everyone's life. The workshop will emphasize communication and artistic expressions as honorable endeavors that result in positive change as well as the applicability of the Elements of Honor in daily personal interactions. Please contact us for our workshop schedule
Here are key questions the workshop addresses:
Every student deserves the opportunity to learn and to achieve the quality of life they desire. Many of the students in alternative schools come from difficult family backgrounds, troubled homes, and have unique learning styles. They may be at risk for dropping out and in danger of making choices that could negatively impact their future emotional, spiritual, physical and economical well-being.
From talking to students at some of these schools in the past, we have learned that they rarely get visits from speakers for school assemblies and generally do not get to go on field trips, like students at regular high schools do.
Using original composition music and Native American storytelling, we speak to students at alternative high schools, either in class or at school assemblies, on the importance of staying in school, staying off drugs, staying sober, staying alive, and considering going to college or enrolling in trade training.
Because of his unique ability to connect with individuals and inspire audiences to express themselves honorably, Swil Kanim is an effective keynote speaker for conferences, workshops, school assemblies, rehabilitation centers and Tribal events. He travels extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond, enchanting audiences with his stories and music. His interactive
speaking style combined with his heart-warming original-composition music help create memorable and life-changing experiences for his audience.
Culture and Community
Native American Heritage Day Concert
This annual concert helps unify the community and make our region a better place to live through thoughtful interactions with people of diverse cultures. The concert represents an opportunity for local Native American artists to communicate their culture and heritage, and share their skills, gifts and talents. We believe that doing so increases understanding, appreciation and respect among our peoples.
Honoring Inspiration Film Festival
The idea of an annual film festival grew from HonorWorks desire to spread the message of hope and healing through the concept of honor. Short films are a beautiful way in which a story can be told. We believe that by telling the story in a creative way, the healing can begin. Our next Honoring Inspiration Film Festival is scheduled for the spring of 2015.
First Friday is a monthly entertainment and networking event produced by HonorWorks and Swil Kanim. It’s a fun, family-friendly event for people of all ages who live in the greater Bellingham area and who love art and music. It takes place on the first Friday of every month.
The HonorCoin™ is a physical representation of the spiritual impact that is created when the Honor of a person is recognized and acknowledged. The HonorCoin™ Project was created to help people honor those around them. People can present an HonorCoin™ to friends, family members, coworkers, or even strangers when they observe them expressing themselves honorably by sharing their skills, gifts, and talents. The stories that emerge are beautiful! Read them here.