Who we are

The One Blue Sky Project is one of the primary projects founded and funded by The Good Works Foundation.

Jerry Friedman,
Founder and Board member of
The Good Works Foundation

Jerry Friedman is an award-winning photographer, author of the children’s book series Maurice’s Valises and creator of the television series Treasure Trekkers. These books and television shows reinforce the teaching of  empathy and kindness to young children.

Jerry is the author of the photo essay book “Wisdom of the World’s Oldest People”. Jerry used his lens to capture a community of people 110 years and older who have never before been documented. These photographs and stories were featured at the United Nations Gallery in New York and the Russell Senate building in Washington DC. The exhibition is now traveling across Europe bringing awareness to a forgotten part of our population.

Jerry Friedman is the founder of the Good Works Foundation and the Earth’s Elders Foundation.

Laura Rodgers, 
Director of The Good Works Foundation
Founder and Executive Director, One Blue Sky Project

Laura Rodgers, founder of the One Blue Sky Project, understands that building community across diverse populations is a key element for fostering kindness and compassion, particularly in children. Laura has worked with seniors and children from many backgrounds and has advocated for the importance of creative expression for all age levels, across cultures and borders. Her extensive travel has taught her that friendship is the cornerstone of empathy and empathy is the beginning of a more peaceful world.

Laura helped build a successful creative business with photographer Jerry Friedman and then went on to develop her own social media company. Her work has included developing social media outreach for Jerry Friedman’s book series “Maurice’s Valises” to promote the books’ message to a wide audience around the world – a message of kindness and compassion that is so meaningful to Laura’s personal mission. She is the executive director and board member of the Good Works Foundation and the project organizer for the One Blue Sky Project.


Kristin Haight, Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Kristin Haight

After graduating from Wellesley College with a degree in psychology, Kristin earned her Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, and Communications from Bay Path University. She is skilled in creativity, multi-tasking, entrepreneurial thinking, event planning, customer service, communications, and employee/client/community relationship building.

Our Partners:

Samantha Robison, aptArt

One Blue Sky Project is pleased to partner with Samantha Robison. Samantha is the founder and director of Awareness & Prevention Through Art (aptART). AptART is an organization of artists and activists which aims to share with conflict affected and marginalized youth an artistic experience alongside the opportunity to express themselves. AptART creates outlets to build awareness and promote prevention on the issues affecting people’s lives.Samantha is coordinating the mural project both in Iraq and in the United States (Biddeford, Maine). Her extensive knowledge of the Middle East region and history of successful mural projects makes her the perfect fit for One Blue Sky.

Pat Perry’s work with aptArt-Sulaymaniyah Iraq, 2018.

Pat Perry is an artist from Michigan who writes and makes pictures through careful and cautious observation. He joins the One Blue Sky Project as an amazing and celebrated wall artist and will be the primary artist for the project murals in both locations.

Pat has produced creative, original work for clients including:

The New York Times, BBC, The Guardian, Science News, VICE Magazine, Twitter, Atlantic Records, Virginia Quarterly Review, VSCO, Emerica, Ogilvy, Sony//Epic Records, Car and Driver, Malibu Magazine, California Sunday Magazine, Contagious Magazine, California Wildlife Center… to name just a few.

Tammy Ackerman, Executive Director Engine & Maine FabLab Program Director,

 Tammy Ackerman is the co-founder and director of the nonprofit arts organization Engine, founded in 2009 and Maine FabLab, started in 2013. With a background in art and design, Tammy has developed a love for community development for her adopted hometown of Biddeford, Maine, a small New England town just south of Portland, that is undergoing a transformation from mill town to a creative economy hub.

Engine’s mission to propel the creative community and help kids discover their individual talents allowing them to grow as people by creating a safe space for them to create art, design, communicate, and be part of a community. A perfect fit for the One Blue Sky Project.

Tammy and the team at Engine have been fabulous hosts to the One Blue Sky Project 2019 and is the project’s go-to person for all things Biddeford.

We look forward to this collaboration and what it can do to spark change and encourage kindness in the community.

Emad Rashidi – Film Maker

USA based Film Maker Emad Rashidi will be traveling to Iraq and then to Maine to document the One Blue Sky project. Throughout his childhood, he was always eager and interested to learn about the world, and to be able to contribute to it in some way.

His ability to work under pressure, in the moment, and to handle projects effectively to meet clients demands allows him to work with brands from around the world. He has a talent and passion for storytelling and filmmaking.

I love to do it all. Let me tell your story, and bring your vision to life.

Lets create something together.

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