This T-Shirt Brand Gives Kids An Art Education


Thomas and I are big fans of Shark Tank – which I’m thankful for because that’s where I learned about UMANO. This company had me the minute I heard they supported arts education. I don’t know about you but don’t you agree that art education doesn’t always get the support it should?! Art is usually the first thing that goes out the door when schools have to cut back. The founders (two brothers!) wanted to help kids living in poverty that don’t have the resources to take creative classes. Alex and Jonathan believe that art is more than just drawing, they believe is learning thinking and problem solving skills. The idea is as simple as this:

  1. Kids draw the Art
  2. UMANO then prints the Art by hand on the t-shirt
  3. You purchase a t-shirt
  4. UMANO then donates one bag full of school supplies to a child! (they’ve donated over 20,000 backpacks so far!)

The t-shirts are chic, affordable and give back. You can’t get better than that!

The website has videos of all the kids sharing their drawings -Do you want to meet the kid who drew the sketch on my t-shirt? I’ll warn you that watching this may cause you to buy t-shirts for everyone you know! Click here and press play.

wearing UMANO on my recent trip to Cuba!



  1. Samapti Taylor
    January 17, 2017 / 11:36 am

    such a simple yet creative idea. I love sharktank too!

  2. January 17, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    I want to throw a sketch a Tshirt party for my son and cousins!! This is awesome!!

    • Lourdes Martin
      January 17, 2017 / 7:08 pm

      omg yes!!! that’s a great idea!! plus you can tell them the story behind the shirts so they can learn how they’re giving back. thank you for coming by the blog!!



  3. January 17, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    So cute and what a great cause. Almost teared up reading this. I loved art class as a kid, and the thought that others don’t have access to explore their creativity is so sad to me. Can’t wait to buy a shirt.

    • Lourdes Martin
      January 17, 2017 / 7:15 pm

      I felt the same way – it really touched my heart. Of all the philanthropy initiatives I read about, I rarely see one for education!! Thank you for stopping by and giving me some love.


  4. January 19, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    Awww this is such a beautiful cause!! I had never heard of UMANO before, thank you for bringing it to my attention! Art education is so important, we really need to foster creativity among children 🙂 x

  5. January 20, 2017 / 9:04 am

    Wow! I love this tee! What a great way to give back!

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