Magazine article Variety

Rainn Wilson Pays It Forward with Haitian Arts Program

Magazine article Variety

Rainn Wilson Pays It Forward with Haitian Arts Program

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In 2009, months before a colossal earthquake devastated Haiti, actor Rainn Wilson and his wife, author Holiday Reinhorn, visited the country. Reinhorn had been invited by Sean Penn's charity, J/P Haitian Relief Organization, to hold workshops in creative writing for young women, and Wilson decided to tag along, offering to teach theater to the girls.

"I was very skeptical," Wilson said of his first trip to Haiti. "I was like, 'That seems ridiculous. The last things that these girls need are these games, and singing songs and taking photographs. These girls need jobs and rice and shoes."'

By the end of that first visit, however, Wilson and Reinhorn were smitten with Haiti and its people, and convinced of the power of the arts to facilitate positive change. They developed Lide (which translates to both "leader" and "idea" in Haitian Creole), a program that teaches young women creative writing, drama, photography and fine arts. Now they're ready to bring others onboard, holding the inaugural Lide Foundation Fundraiser in West Hollywood on Dec. 10, in hopes of recruiting members of the Hollywood community to volunteer with the organization. …

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