Finding Inspiration in Every Turn
Our vision is to create spaces for nurturing inner creativity in our youth. Expression of self and an appreciation for art in the surrounding world helps shape our future generation's minds. MoxieBox strives to provide visual arts access to all students through philanthropic efforts, with emphasis on classrooms who may not have the opportunity otherwise.
What started as individualized, homeschool art lessons for a group of 15 students, created by our Co-Founder Amanda Kaake, turned into accessible, unique and fun art kits for all students across grade & skill levels. Our CEO, Jim Warner, partnered up with Amanda in 2018 to bring engaging art into student's lives. From there, MoxieBox Art has blossomed into the colorful, engaging and inclusive company we are proud of, today!
Watch the video below for an authentic telling of our founders' story.
Meet The Team
CoFounder, Exec. V.P., Director of Mission & Vision
My name is Jim Warner, co-founder and CEO of MoxieBox Art. I want to share something I learned—something I had all wrong my whole life, and I’m pretty old! I used to tell people all the time “I have no artistic ability”. Does this sound familiar? Guess what—we ALL have artistic ability! It is just a matter of where we start.
Some tap into that artistic ability early in life, and it comes easily. But the rest of us need to put in the effort to expand our artistic ability. It’s like anything else in this world. In most cases we have to work hard at school, in a sport, in a business or just about everything else if we want to succeed. Yet for some reason, when it comes to art, if our children don’t show that natural ability with no outside help, many of us just write them off as not having artistic ability. Right?
Let’s take a look at what we are giving up on in our children if we don’t nurture their innate artistic ability. CREATIVITY! We are cheating our kids out of, in my opinion, one of the most important qualities we as parents can give our children. CREATIVITY! Do you, as a parent, really want to dampen your child’s creativity? Of course not! But my point is, many of us are.
The majority of children in this country want to spend their free time every day on technology. Mental energy is spent on cell phones, videogames , Youtube, etc. When I grew up I was told I had no artistic ability. However, luckily I did nurture my inner creativity, almost every day. I played in the woods with my friends and we figured out how to have fun. No video games or internet to entertain us. We went outdoors and made up ways to have fun. This doesn’t exist in today’s world because we are afraid our kids might get taken. What about at school? Are they getting their inner creativity nurtured at school? At public schools they are not because we have pulled the arts out of the schools. For Home Schoolers – Maybe or maybe you are just like me.
Why we at MoxieBox feel creativity is so important: Now more than ever, employers are looking for creative thinkers who can move their business forward, not just academic achievers who know how to maintain the status quo. Being able to think on your feet, approach tasks from different perspectives and think ‘outside of the box’ will distinguish your child from others. Even more than that—it’s not just about their careers, its about giving them the tools that will help in every part of their lives. Think about it… if your child can think creatively, they will be a step ahead in ALL situations!
We created MoxieBox Art for this specific reason – To give ALL students the opportunity to nurture their innate creativity through creation of an artistic masterpiece each and every month. They will ALL be successful, regardless of their current abilities. Students will be proud of their creations each and every month. As parents, teachers, facilitators and community builders, know that the students spending time each month, nurturing creativity, will help them each and every day of their life going forward. Please join us in our mission to bring out the creativity in all children.
Your Moxie Warriors
Collaboration with Artist Sandra Silberzweig
Internationally renowned artist, Sandra Silberzweig, has teamed up with MoxieBox Art to share her magical method—for the first time ever. Sandra's art has inspired lessons in thousands of classrooms around the globe, but until now, her tips, tricks, and technique has been kept quiet.
This unique method teaches the student to visually express and understand their intuitive thoughts and feelings, which might otherwise be difficult to express.