Austin-based nonprofit The Nobelity Project may be locally rooted, but its reach extends far beyond state and national borders. Founded in 2006 by Turk Pipkin, The Nobelity Project uses a multi-pronged approach to — as its mission states — “create positive change in communities across the world.”
This spring, in conjunction with The Sandcastle Library, The Nobelity Project is launching its latest effort to create a bookmobile — or Bibliobús — that will provide books and improve learning for 14 fishing village schools on Roatan Island, Honduras (that’s 3,500 students).
A converted medium-sized school bus, the Bibliobús is looking for a local facelift. And in order to capture the true spirit of the initiative, The Nobelity Project has launched the Art of Moving Books Design Competition to find the best new facade for the bus. Artists of all backgrounds (and ages) are encouraged to submit drawings, paintings or sculptures to be considered for one of three award categories: Exterior Design, Innovation and Young Artist Submission.
The submission deadline is Wednesday, April 17 (also known as National Bookmobile Day). Winners will be selected by a jury that includes Turk Pipkin; Cam O’Brien, founder of Partners in Education — Roatan; Cameron Sinclair, founder of Architecture for Humanity; Karen Hawkins, Austin-based sculptor; Jacob Ehrenberg, Architecture for Humanity; Paul Miller, Artist in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Katie Rose Pipkin, artist and director of Wardenclyffe Gallery.
The winner of the Exterior Design award will be invited to join The Nobelity Project team on a trip to Roatan, Honduras in May to work with a noted Roatan artist to paint the bookmobile and see their design come to life.
Submitting a design isn’t the only way to get involved in The Nobelity Project’s latest endeavor. If you aren't the creative type, but are interested in supporting this international education initiative, the organization is also seeking book donations for the bookmobile. New or gently-used Spanish language books — particularly children’s books — are being accepted for the future library.
For more information on The Nobelity Project and the bookmobile initiative, visit the organization’s website.