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Meet Caro Tejada & Hope the Blue Robot

Today we’d like to introduce you to Caro Tejada. She and her team share her story with us below.

Please kick things off for us with some background on the story.
Caro Tejada is a former professional classical ballerina and tour dancer for Ricky Martin and Julio Iglesias. A single mom and country traveler! Always encouraged her daughter’s creativity. She enjoyed enrolling her in art classes, music classes, getting her clay, play-doh, you name it.

One day (before one of her work trips) and while her daughter was at school, Caro picked up the brushes and materials of an artist *starter kit* she had gotten for her.

That is how Caro started to paint almost nine years ago and fast forward to today, her paintings are the soul of her art designs and projects. She is the creator of Hope the Blue Robot: An art project that promotes mental health.

Has it been a smooth road?
I know I am a single mom, but I also know to be very fortunate to be surrounded by family who has always supported me. However, being a single provider has proven to be a challenge.

As I work hard and always have; to be a fully independent woman trying to make her bills, afford a nice apartment for her and her daughter — the constant readjustment of traveling for work. Basically keeping afloat has been my hardest challenge.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Hope the Blue Robot story. What should we know?
I work with children. Since I have a daughter and once I found the outlet of painting, I spent a lot of my time with my daughter and her friends.

One day I started asking her and her friends if they knew what HOPE was. It was a word I had in my mind, as well as others, as I researched a blue robot I had painted.

As it turned out a 14-year-old didn’t know what Hope was. So I kept researching and gaining more insight.

I have brought the project to children via Urban Promise Miami, Operation Kids Safe, Subaru Of Pembroke Pines, Little Lighthouse Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, The Florida Association For Women’s Lawyers, Educate Tomorrow.Org. We were happy to design a commissioned piece by the Dan Marino Foundation for Commissioner Diaz and Mayor Giménez.

The robot represents the blueprint of HOPE, healthy thought patterns. It’s iconic as symbolic. It is a program for children in the community, an art project — the sum of collaborative efforts. Our mission is to promote mental health. I want to build a community around mental health and the arts.

It makes me so proud when my daughter is proud of me. When she gets to see my projects grow and evolve. This gives me a very good feeling inside. Plus, we always talk about how I got started. Her starter kit! I love her so much, and I want to leave her a good legacy.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Happy coincidences, sure. Fortunate events, of course. Miracles, absolutely!. Trials and tribulations, certainly.

I rather focus my attention on: “that happened to me, let’s handle it.” Or “wow! That happened to me, let’s celebrate.

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Photography @Maria_cordovaphotography
Logo by Rodrigo Font
Headpiece Roxanna Lynch

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