About Harmony Project
Harmony Project is an award-winning, research-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that targets at-risk youth in underserved areas of Los Angeles, promoting positive development through year-round music lessons and ensemble participation, provided, along with instruments, at no charge to students.
Harmony Project’s mission is to: (1) promote the healthy growth and development of at-risk children through the study, practice and performance of music; (2) build healthier communities by investing in the positive development of children through music, and; (3) develop children as musical ambassadors of peace, hope and understanding among people of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs.
Music is the vehicle, but the goal is to keep at-risk youth in school and out of trouble, and help them develop life skills needed for future success. Research shows that the commitment and discipline required to learn a musical instrument and perform with others yields cognitive and behavioral benefits that last a lifetime. Harmony Project commits to students for their entire childhood, from elementary through high school graduation, and currently works with over 1,400 students; hundreds more are on the waitlist.
For additional information, please visit: www.harmony-project.org
Make Something!! began in 2008 as a series of "pop-up" youth creative
education workshops. We work closely with public school art programs and
youth mentoring organizations to provide arts education to teenagers who
really need it. The goal of Make Something!! is to partner world-renowned
creative personalities with young aspiring artists with the intention of
giving hands-on practical skills. Our focus is on connecting the ideas
behind DIY (do-it-yourself) creativity with the artists of
tomorrow...incorporating elements of art, design, music, fashion and film
into our programs. Since our inception, thousands of high school students
in over five countries have now taken part in Make Something!! workshops.
To learn more about Make Something!!, visit: http://www.
Morphik is an arts-focused design company founded with the vision that everyone should have the opportunity to experience and own art.
In concept, design and function, our art inspired goods are meant to provide personal and long-lasting value. Designed as an art-to-wear accessory piece, our cuffs and bracelets can also be hung on the wall just like a favorite painting or photograph. By owning a Morphik product, people have the chance to think about art on a more intimate level. By wearing a Mophik product, people are able to express themselves through art, sharing with others their favorite artists and artworks.
A guiding principal at Morphik is to make contemporary artists more accessible to a larger and more diverse audience. For this reason, support of the artist community is very important. Our artist network spans the globe including Japan, China, the United States, Brazil, Germany, and France. Each artist has his or her individual style. Working in genres such as painting, graffiti and photography, each artist creates an exciting and fresh visual language representing the diverse trends happening in contemporary art practice today.
Morphik works to generate sponsorship of arts organizations that bring awareness to the benefits and vitality the arts have to offer. By donating to the arts, we aim to build creative and supportive partnerships worldwide.
Christopher O'Byrne is the Founder and Managing Director of art-to-wear accessories line, Morphik. Establishing the brand with a vision to build relationships within the artist community, Christopher is committed to showcasing the work of talented artists in a whole new way; allowing for greater visibility, accessibility and enjoyment.
Christopher owes his interest in invention and design along with his entrepreneurial spirit to his father. An architecture enthusiast, his father built the first four houses in which the family lived. While growing up Christopher helped his father with special projects and became fascinated with his dad's innovations and clever approach to problem-solving.
It was in his twenties when this intrigue reemerged under a fresh creative light. His then girlfriend (now wife), was an art admirer and would bring Christopher along on her visits to galleries. He encountered Pop Surrealism at this time. Always a little intimidated by art, he found the genre to be accessible, and very relatable to his own experiences and interests. He was hooked.
A few days before his wife's birthday in 2006, Christopher had her gift, a limited edition print by a young rising artist delivered to his office. Almost immediately, he was engaged in conversation with colleagues about art as a medium, and the artists that they most appreciated. Had the piece been delivered straight home, it would have been seen by only close friends and family, and these conversations would never have occurred.
Subsequently, Christopher began thinking of other ways that would allow people to collect experience and exhibit art. He became fully immersed in the creative process of finding a solution that would broaden art's accessibility. He viewed the main problem with most design products that incorporated art like t-shirts, shoes and watches to be that there was no clear separation between the product's function and the artwork itself. Christopher saw a real opportunity to create something that would have a multi-function. Designed to be worn as an accessory piece, Mophik products can also be hung on the wall like a painting or photograph.
I always wanted to create a product that could have a broad impact on contemporary culture. I believe Morphik pieces allot opportunity to connect more people with art. The brand's unique aspects of design and function encourage individuals to collect and learn about art on their own terms without worrying about cost or lack of prior knowledge.
From these ideas, Christopher engendered a line of designer wristbands featuring authentic images of interchangeable artworks with categories ranging from painting to photography to graffiti and street art. He has spent years cultivating Morphik's global artist network featuring talent from Japan, China, the United States, France, Germany, Brazil and beyond. Working closely with the individual artists, he is committed to fully preserving the authenticity of the original artworks. Bringing the initiative full circle, Christopher donates a percentage of Morphik profits to art organizations selected by the artists themselves.
Christopher lives in Irvine, California with his wife and two sons.
Kate Murphy joined Morphik in 2007 as Project Researcher, and became Art Director in 2010.
Kate most enjoys how her work at Morphik has led to many new and stimulating opportunities. She is inspired daily by the Morphik community of artists and looks forward to discovering new talents. Kate loves lending her background in education and building meaningful artistic relationships to a company and its product that is focused on innovating the ways in which we experience and learn about art.
Her interest in art began as a child when her parents would take her to museums in New York City during family trips. Kate attended the University of Pittsburgh where she received a B.A. and M.A. in the History of Art and Architecture. As an undergraduate, she interned in the Education Department at the Carnegie Museum of Art and volunteered at the Mattress Factory. Her graduate research focused on contemporary visual cultures. During her graduate studies, she had the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant for courses focusing on Asian art and contemporary art.
Kate moved to New York City in 2006 to pursue a career in the arts. She volunteered at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Guggenheim Museum, and was a Museum Docent at MoMA PS1 where she led tours on artist Vik Muniz. She was Queens Community Arts Fund Associate at Queens Council on the Arts, and later worked at various art galleries. Currently, she is a Museum Guide at the Brooklyn Museum where she gives tours on the Asian Art and American Art collections. Kate is developing a tour for the Museum’s upcoming exhibition on Keith Haring.
Kate lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where she moonlights as a jewelry designer.
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