Craig and Marc Kielburger on how artists can give back

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Craig and Marc Kielburger co-founded Free the Children. Follow Craig at facebook.com/craigkielburger and @craigkielburger on Twitter

THE QUESTION

I’m an artist, and I’m looking to make a difference using my craft. Any advice?

THE ANSWER

A quick glance at the paintings and sculptures that our parents kept from our childhood would show that art is not our strong suit. But for those whose creative side appeals to an audience outside immediate family, there’s a world of possibilities to use your gift for good.

We were reminded of this after meeting the amazing Donisha Prendergast, 27, a successful documentary filmmaker who just happens to be the granddaughter of reggae legend Bob Marley, whose message of “One Love” shone through his music and inspired millions around the world.

As a teen, Marc first turned on to Mr. Marley while volunteering during a high school trip in the Jamaican slums of Riverton. The singer was an icon whose music was the soundtrack of everyday life in the Caribbean country.

Ms. Prendergast, who was born three years after her famous grandfather died in 1981 of cancer, told us she wanted to understand his influence, but also, the way of life made popular by his music.

When we met her, she was volunteering at the Kisaruni girls’ high school in the Maasai Mara, as well as attending the opening of her film, RasTa: A Soul’s Journey, in Nairobi. It documents her round-the-world quest to understand how Rastafarianism manifests itself in people’s lives.

In the film, she says, “Just because you wear red, gold and green, doesn’t make you a Rasta. Just because you have dreads, it doesn’t mean you’re a Rasta. Being a Jamaican doesn’t make you a Rasta. You must live it; you must live it every day.”’ Rasta teaches mutual respect, caring, and to see each other as equals, regardless of colour or race. We’re all brothers and sisters.

But Ms. Prendergast told us that in today’s cutthroat world, people find it hard to live in such a simple, giving and loving way.

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