Since 1984, Gregory Burns has tried in his unique small way to support and inspire groups of students and disadvantaged children throughout Asia and USA. Since 2011, the US Embassy has sent Gregory deep into the fabric of China, Mongolia, Serbia, Germany, Czech Republic and Singapore as a Cultural Ambassador to share his uplifting message and artwork with thousands of locals. Recent art workshops conducted for Ukrainian refugees showed the healing power of art, bringing color back into disrupted lives. In the spirit of Robin Hood, Gregory has endeavored to inspire young people with disabilities and children who have experienced trauma or poverty to rise above their limitations. Recently, during one charity auction in Beijing, Gregory’s painting sold for RMB600,000 ($90,000) which was used to build a school in rural China.
TedX; Singapore Management University, Singapore
TedX; Johnson & Johnson, Singapore
Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, Switzerland
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
Live Oaks School, USA
Super Clinic TV Program, China
Singapore Olympic Academy, Singapore
Singapore National Swim Team, Singapore
Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore
Singapore American School
Bullis Charter School, California
National Taipei Univ. of Education, Graduate School, Taiwan
Taipei American School, Taiwan
Lions Club, California
Rotary Club International
Ming Shen Newspaper, Taiwan
Taipei School for the Blind, Taiwan
Hong Kong School for the Disabled
Saint Joseph’s Institute, Singapore
Club Rainbow, Singapore
Very Special Arts, Singapore
Teach Me School, Singapore
APSC Swim School, Singapore
Raffles Girls School, Singapore
Victoria Jr College, Singapore
New Hope Christian Academy, Memphis
Memphis University School, Memphis
Grizzlies Academy Soulsville Charter School, Memphis
Happy Hearts Home, IndonesiaDay Star Academy, Beijing
March of Dimes, Chicago
Tsinghua Academy of Arts and Design, Beijing
American Center for Educational Exchange, Beijing
Renmin University School of Arts, Beijing
Capital Normal University, Beijing
Rye College, UK
Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School (severe learning needs), UK
Pent Valley Technology College, UK
Mandeville School, UK
Heritage House School (Severe Learning Needs), UK
Chalfonts Community College, UK
Buckingham Primary School Cressex School, UK
Bittern Park School, UK
Beaconsfield School, UK
Kellett School, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Int’l School, Hong Kong
Department of Education, Wash DC. USA
Singapore Embassy, Wash DC. USA
Waldorf School, Los Altos, USA
USA Embassy Mentorship Program, Singapore
US Consulate Program, Ulan Bator, Mongolia
US Consulate Program, Berlin, Germany
US Consulate Program, Olomouc & Prague, Czech Republic
Novi Sad Youth Center, Serbia
Sichuan Multi-Colored Dreams Center, Chengdu, China
Ya An He Li Community Center, Chengdu, China
Multi-Colored Funds Foundation Studio in Blue Roof Arts Area, Chengdu, China
Guan Zhong Academy, Xian, China
Gregory is committed to giving back to communities across the globe through his efforts as a Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity Ambassador for various corporations and social service organizations.
Since 1984, Gregory has mentored less advantaged groups and individuals through Disability Awareness Programs and Motivational Keynote Presentations for numerous schools, clubs and organizations across the globe.
From 2011 to 2014 the United States Embassy in China sent Gregory to six cities in the Center Kingdom to present two dozen talks and workshops.
Gregory conceived and implemented, ‘Journeys’, a community initiative gathering a dozen disabled and able-bodied children for a painting safari to Eastern Australia followed by a charity art auction of their paintings.
Following the tsunami in Kesennuma, Japan, Shangri-La Hotel in Tokyo enlisted Gregory’s spirit to bring some color and life back to the effected communities.
Gregory traveled to and then lived in Kesennuma for three days to complete an Art Mural project with the local children. After two days collaborating with the locals to produce an artwork expressing the community’s dreams for their village, the finished 4x8foot mural was proudly featured in the Kesennuma Museum as a memorial.
In 2010, Gregory had the honor of accepting the Chou Da Kuan Foundation’s, ‘Fervent Global Love of Lives Medal’ along with a dozen other deserving individuals. Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou (an avid swimmer) hosted the group at the Presidential Palace but politely declined a swimming competition with Gregory. Awardees also spoke at several schools around the island and at a children’s cancer ward in a major hospital, reaching hundreds of young people while sharing a messages of hope and perseverance.