"It's about a global love movement.
One child at a time, a million times over."
-MICHAEL SAMPLE, founder
Sample returned to the US, carried on with his education and career, and eventually landed in New York City as a choral director and professional actor. Although equiped with degrees in music and education, Michael had not planned to work with younger children. Yet through a connected series of events, and a job offer from the Metropolitan Opera Guild, he found himself with approximately 500 young minds under his responsibility every week, for a series of years.
This responsability, partnered with various dreams, visions, and tears, led Michael to a ‘life-altering calling’ to fight on behalf of the children so that they might know they are worthy of love and are capable of living their dreams.
The exploration of that ‘something’ he felt he needed to do in Ecuador back in 2001 came about in multiple return trips to South America, the birth of the nonprofit Arts InterFACE, and the formation of Project Creo, ten years later.
In 2001, Arts InterFACE founder, Michael Sample passed through Ecuador for the first time. As he walked through the streets of Quito, nestled in the Andes mountains, he turned to his friend and said, "I'm going to live here one day...there's something I need to come back here to learn...something I feel I am meant to do."
"It's about helping a child discover their inherent worth. It's about fostering a personal connection with their magical ability to create...about inspiring a generation to bring mind-altering positive change to our global community."
-Michael Sample, Founder