Carol Mark is an activist for human rights with an emphasis on women and children. Carol believes Art can change the world with the voice of women.
Carol established ACA Gallery (art, culture, aid) that “art can change the world” with proceeds of art sales to grassroots projects targeted for women and children. ACA Gallery was the first art driven gallery in Toronto to raise awareness and funds, as well as bringing awareness that art can create social change (This Magazine article).
This was a first kind of art gallery to incorporate art, artists and purchasers involved in direct participation of change. ACA Gallery was an incubator where public school children created art that had a direct influence of where the funds from sales of their artwork at the gallery were donated, exhibits to include themes on women and violence, exhibits of art by homeless women and international support to include Rebecca Lalossa, women’s only village in Nairobi Park to establish a children’s library. This village was originally established when abused women had no where to live after leaving an abused domestic situation.
Carol has served on Toronto’s Committee on the Status of Women, a member of a women’s only film collective SHE -TV and her first short was in the UNESCO Women’s Conference in Beijing.
As a supporter of women’s rights she supported Femaid based in France underground schools for girls in Afghanistan through RAWA, Revolutionary Afghanistan Women’s Association. Carol traveled to Afghanistan in secret in Oct 2002 with a commitment to aid the women to include 15,000 lbs of aid and a girls’ library named after Malalai Joya, the first elected woman parliamentarian on the support of a girls library
(CITIZENshift media for social change).
Presently, Carol is the founder and President of the love of tea, a purveyor of specialty pure blended teas that support art and social change through its donation programs from sales of tea. Tea infact was the focus of women’s rights in the 19th century in North America, as women could only legally gather during teatime .