We can do it logoNovaturient Workshops  

Is a woman-owned, small business; focusing on creative workshop development with other non-profits, through team building workshops. Active recruitment of team leader professionals who lead young people in the creative arts. We focus on the arts (cultural affairs), education and humanities. Our funding opportunity ranges from: $50,000-$500,000


Novaturient Workshops (NW)  is working to expand its programming footprint into the international development industry by securing funding through the US Government. (NW) is actively working with Federal Capture, a business development company in the Washington, DC area who has 15 years+ track record of securing government contracts. Their philosophy is tailored for USAID, the Department of State, and other global development agencies.


The word Novaturient (No-vuh too-ree-ent) is not easy to pronounce but its meaning makes up for it. Novaturient: Desiring or seeking powerful change in one’s life, behavior, or situation. The very definition sums up what Novaturient Workshops is about!

Novaturient Workshops (NW) was born from Kids Share Workshops and Publishing, Inc. (KSW). Kids Share Workshops is a parent of Novaturient Workshops. Kristina Applegate, founder of (KSW) wanted to create a new program workshop that would focus on young adults, who are seeking a creative voice through social activism, using storytelling tools.


Photographs by Wari Om and Novaturient Logo by Pfeifer Design


How We Work-Opportunities

*Please scroll down and get excited about working with Norvturient Workshops!

How We Work

Specifically focused on international and domestic funding for projects that increase young peoples’ and underserved populations’ access to information and civic dialogue via cultural gatherings, community events, and creative workshops.

The director of development operations for Novaturient monitor’s opportunities posted through the government grants website. The goal is building teams with independent contractors in order to create strong proposals for applications capturing funding opportunities.

Through Novaturient Workshops, non-profit organizations are first sought out and invited to collaborate and bid on grant applications that are a good fit. Once the application is accepted by the US government, Novaturient team duties are to manage and monitor the workshop until completion.

The awarded non-profit organizations automatically receive 10% of the captured funding. They also have the option to be actively involved in the execution of the workshop, or a pass-through organization earning 10%, plus administrative costs to umbrella the workshop. The independent contractor benefits from being part of a creative team that focuses on increasing awareness for underserved populations around the world.

What we look for through the US Government website:

Focused Categories

Arts (Cultural Affairs), Education, Humanities

  • Film-making
  • Music
  • Creative arts

Funding Opportunity Ranges:


Job Opportunities listed below are domestic and international.




(Awaiting funding opportunity notice September 2018)

(Posted May 9, 2018) Documentary Filmmaking for Social Activism (Submission closing Date June 7- Project executed 2018-2019)

Candidates: Filmmakers 

Seeking:  Two-Four (2-4) film instructors, in both India and USA. Remote work from home and willing to work with young filmmakers, up to 4-6 months in New Delhi, India, and 5 tier surrounding cities.


$10,000-$30,000 including accommodations in India. Salary based on experience and duration. 

Project Goals

  1. Novaturient Workshops will strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and India through exchanges of information, experiences, and expertise.
  2. The filmmaker’s job is to strengthen the capacity of young filmmakers through mentorship and technical support.


To provide instruction, mentorship, and support to young (ages 20-35) documentary filmmakers on how to make short documentary films on issues of concern to both India and the U.S., including sustainable development, education/skills development, women’s empowerment, diversity and pluralism, freedom of expression, urbanization and smart cities.


“Documentary Filmmaking for Social Activism.” Guided by Novaturient  program director and co-drafted curriculum, provide instruction, mentorship and support to young (ages 20-35) documentary filmmakers on how to make short documentary films on issues of concern to both India and the U.S., including sustainable development, education/skills development, women’s empowerment, diversity and pluralism, freedom of expression, urbanization and smart cities.

The instruction and mentorship should be executed through a combination of face-to-face seminars/workshops/intensive courses and virtual individual mentorship as well as real-time online instructional sessions (e.g. Google Chat, webinars). Novaturient Program Directors will support and guide filmmakers, by periodically checking on the projects for needed support.

At the end of the program, which can last 3-6 months, required 15 short documentary films (5-15 minutes in length), all packaged for international audiences (e.g. subtitled in English as needed) should be produced. The messages will vary according to the selected themes focused on by each of the groups of young documentary filmmakers. Cross-cutting themes include civic activism; the role of informed discussion in an open society; giving youth a voice and medium to express their views; and the importance of investigative reporting/journalism.

The products (15 short documentary films on selected issues) will be disseminated via local broadcasters, YouTube, social media, the web portal and the film festivals. The press will be invited to the film festivals during which press conferences featuring the young filmmakers and their mentors will be organized by Novaturient Workshops in collaboration with the US Embassy and appropriate US Consulates. The films, the project, and the filmmakers will get further exposure through the submissions to national and international short documentary film festivals and competitions.

How To Apply

Please send a detailed cover letter with CV, links filmmaking examples and contact information. Please share with us how you personally can make the above job requirements become reality. *If you are affiliated with an educational institution or nonprofit, it is a big plus but not a requirement.

Please send inquiries to kristina.novaturient@gmail.com

Thank you kindly!


Film Work

Below are films Produced by Wari Om and Kids Share Zambia. Kristina Applegate, founder facilitates filming opportunities through Noviaturient Workshops, a parent company of Kids Share Workshops.

Wari filmed and directed Sophie Beem’s GLOW video, along with the others below, which was produced during a Kids Share Zambia workshop celebration. GLOW was created for the children and community working with Kids Share Zambia and, was shared during our final celebration when books and artwork were handed out to all participants and, community leaders.

The Luso Dancers above were filmed while on location with Kids Share Zambia. Below founder Kristina Applegate filmed while Wari was creating the video.


Consultants-Key Personnel

Novaturient Workshops bids on government grants with non-profit and for-profit organizations. With each new project, we look for strong team leader professionals to direct and teach around the world. Our workshops are taught by professionals, in most cases are 50% in the field and 50% using an online classroom platform.

Independent Consultants

Film-making Non-for-Profit

From the Heart Productions

From the Heart Productions is based in Oxnard, California was founded by Carole Dean. Carole has an extraordinary film production past, with impressive connections in the film industry, that has lead to her success in giving back in a big way! Please visit her organization’s page to learn why we are so honored to have teamed up with From the Heart Productions!


Our mission at From the Heart Productions Inc, a 501(c) non-profit, is helping indie filmmakers get film funding.  We do that through our Roy W. Dean Grant, our Fiscal Sponsorship Program, and the Intentional Filmmaking Class.   Since 1993, we’ve assisted hundreds of documentary, feature, short films, and web series in getting funded.

Film Maker and Photographer

Wari Om

Wari Om, film-maker and photographer joined our team in 2016 working with Kids Share Zambia. His work has made it into the big screen and has been awarded by some film festivals, more recently Mantra – Sounds into Silence, premiered 2017 at The Rubin Museum of Art, NYC.

His work and love for yoga often take him back to India, among other Asian countries. Wari also runs the Omshanti Yoga Studio with his two siblings, and together they also organize the annual Barcelona Yoga Conference, one of Europe’s biggest Yoga festivals with presenters and participants from all over the world.

Wari’s work with Novatureint Workshops and  Kids Share Zambia, brought his expertise in film-making, producing an outstanding film trailer and 42 length documentary film, which was executed outside of Lusaka and the Lower Zambezi in Zambia. In addition, he filmed and directed Sophie Beem’s GLOW video, which was produced during a Kids Share Zambia workshop celebration. GLOW: https://youtu.be/BOQa8dueqBY

We value his expertise in the field and direction when on location. When not filming Yoga practice worldwide, we look forward to continuing our work with Wari documenting projects around the globe for Novaturient Workshops!

Development of Government Grant Capturing

Federal Capture

President / CEO, Mr. Daniel Ganz is a senior executive with 20 years of experience designing, winning, managing, and implementing USG and non-US funded programs in the United States, Latin and Central America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia.

Throughout his business development career, he has created rigorous processes and systems that helped clients protect its core contracts and expand into new global and domestic markets.

In 2017, Dan became a member of the Board of Trustees for The Fund for Peace,  a US non-profit, non-governmental research and educational institution. Founded in 1957, FFP “works to prevent violent conflict and promote sustainable security.”

Federal Capture is actively engaged in the development of  USAID grants, by working with Novaturient Workshops in securing the funding. Dan has been a key advisor in guiding Novaturient’s team in the process of capturing funding through the US government.

Novaturient Key Personnel

Founder and Director of Operations & Development 

Kristina Applegate


Kristina has 22 years of business development and management experience, including 10 years of creative workshop curriculum development.  She has contract experience with small and large non-profits, in developing and monitoring teams designed for various creative workshops. Specifically focused on international and domestic funding for projects that increase young peoples’ and underserved populations’ access to information and civic dialogue via cultural gatherings, community events, and creative workshops. 

Kristina has implemented initiatives such as; cross-cultural awareness in rural coffee farming and education, poverty issues, environmental issues, cultural issues between the eastern and the western hemisphere and child protection. Many of the workshops resulted in a documentary film and published books. Kristina also worked with the Newtown/Sandy Hook community after the 2012 school shooting, using the art of expression to better support children, parents, and teachers in the healing process from the traumatic events. In 2010 Kids Share Workshops was awarded, cross-cultural awareness by the United States Board on Books for Young Readers (USBBY) in Washington DC. 

Co-Director of Operations and Development

William Tapley

Will.SeaCaptainWilliam Tapley trained at RADA. He grew up in Australia and England, finishing schooling in America. He served ten years of military service with the world’s second oldest regiment: the Honourable Artillery Company in the City of London. He represented the regiment in rugby and cricket and was a regular national medalist in competitive combat shooting, cross-country skiing and biathlon (ski & shoot).

William represented Britain in the 1996 Camel Trophy (off-road driving), making the first ever motorized crossing of the Borneo jungle. Played rugby (clubs have included London Wasps and Harlequins), rides motorbikes, sails yachts (won the 1999 Presidents Cup in Fiji) and drives cars across deserts for charity. He sings in a jazz band in his spare time. And has frequented 47 countries. His acting career landed him in; Band of Brothers, Second in Command, The Secret Agent, Stormbreaker, The Contract, V for Vendetta among others, and most recently was seen in the Netflix Original, The Crown (TV Series).

William is married to Kristina Applegate, founder of Novaturient Workshops. They have a mutual love of travel, and mission to help spread social activism through creative storytelling, using film-making, and photography as the main tool. William helps manage and monitor projects in some of the toughest locations.

Creative Workshop Development Director

Kathy Chattoraj

kathywariarrivingzambiaFounder of Future Picasso joined our Novaturient Workshops team, with the Kids Share Zambia workshop in 2016. She is an excellent creative program director and instructor. Kathy teaches daily with students living in Greenwich, CT. Her innovative and problem-solving teaching skills are outstanding!

We value her management ability as a business owner. When not teaching for Future Picasso’s, Kathy assists with development in art related projects with Novaturient Workshops.

Graphic Design Consultant

Kris Shonk Pfeifer

Graphic Design Professional at Pfeifer Design

Kris has been designing logos and book designs for Novaturient Workshops, parent organization, Kids Share Workshops since 2010. More recently in 2013, Kids Share Newtown book design and 2017 Kids Share Zambia book design. Now for Novaturient Workshops, Kris has designed the new logo displayed on this website and will continue on as our primary art designer. We also hope she will travel aboard with us someday to teach her trade!





Client Quotes

Please scroll down and read quotes from; Organizations, Parents, Phycologist/Social Workers and Team Leaders/Consultants.

World Vision USA & Zambia

Rahsaan Graham, Senior Director for Child Protection and Education with World Vision USA

September 16, 2017, “This was the first time World Vision has partnered with another organization like Kids Share Workshops in our education and development work. It was a great opportunity and we wanted to look at Kids Share’s programming to make sure it was technically sound. I partnered with colleagues in World Vision from our Child Protection Sector, Education Sector, our Psycho-Social Sector, Psycho-Emotional Development Sectors, and Youth Workforce Development. And they all looked at the Kids Share curriculum and we decided this was a great opportunity for us to really focus and work with them.

We looked closely at their social and emotional aspects of learning, the self-awareness that children have, to manage their feelings, motivation, empathy and even their social skills, and we saw that Kids Share’s curriculum fit right in the middle of the work that we were doing. We have built it into our first module in our Youth Ready work, Module One, Who am I? And who are we?

So, in our partnering with the two Zambian communities at the Bimbe Primary School and the Home of Hope, the Kids Share work has been a tremendous fit.

Newtown/Sandy Hook Workshops (Two Year Workshops)

Quotes from Parents:

April 16, 2015, My little man is super-duper excited about doing Kids Share Workshop for the second time. He loved, loved it the first time 2 years ago. So, the second time around would be even better. What a great way express creativity through art. This Kids Share Workshop starting end of this March is going to be awesome and a great way to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and make it NEW!!!!”-Mai Tran

“The girls and I are so excited to be a part of yet another amazing Kids Share Workshop next week!!!”-Beth Gallagher Hegarty

“Super Excited to be working with these amazing Ladies Next week! Thank you, Kristina Applegate,!”-Kathy Gramolini, 3rd Grade Teacher 

“What a great bunch of kids, volunteers, teachers, mothers…I was only there one day but WOW what an experience. You go, girls…changing the world!” –Brenda Berda

WOW!!!! Omg, the stories were amazing!!!! What an awesome job on the art and stories the kiddos did. Love, love it!!!! –Mai Tran

Amazing experience for all!!! Keep up the good work Kristina!-Beth Gallagher Hegarty

April 21, 2013, “Kids Share Workshop is awesome and brings out the creativity of the mind, the kids love loved it!”-Newtown Parent

[It was] an opportunity for my son to express himself and [to] heal.”-Sandy Hook Parent

“After the events that occurred here, I thought it would be wonderful for my child to write and put her thoughts elsewhere.”-Sandy Hook Parent

“[It offered] an excellent creative outlet.”-Sandy Hook Parent

“Team building!”-Newtown Parent

“My child had so much fun.  She was excited every day to go!”

“It was an amazing opportunity to expand your imagination and creativity.”  ~Participant

“Loved, loved, loved them [the activities].  Loved the imaginative stories and activities that corresponded with them!”

“The Kids Share team are superheroes!”

“Word cannot express the Kids Share leaders. They became our family.”

“[They were] compassionate, sensitive, and understanding.”

“The friendships we still have after the workshop!”

“Getting [the opportunity] to work together was very healing.”

Please read about us in The Newtown Bee!

Phycologist & Social Workers

Keith Storace, Psychologist in Melbourne Australia

October 23, 2014, “Kids Share Workshops’ mission to inspire self-expression in children echoes my personal and professional commitment to encourage a child’s healthy sense of self in the context of connecting with the community. My interest in contributing to Kids Share Workshops stems from my chosen area of work that emphasizes the importance and impact of the child’s interpretation and belief about their environment and that art can be a welcomed catalyst for change within that environment.”

Kian F Jacobs, LCSW, Psychotherapist/private practice at Kian F Jacobs, LCSW

January 21, 2014, Kristina had more energy than the 30+ Newtown children in the room. It was a fun experience, artistic, creative, sensitive, multimedia and best of all curative for all involved. I would recommend Kristina for artwork with children, especially since this form of expression has been diminished over the years in the standard academic system.

Mary Pellicci Hamilton, Harvard Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program

January 17, 2014, Kristina brought not only her skillful artistic expertise to a grieving community, she also provided incredible compassion and grounding to the participants and their families. The children’s expressive smiles and excitement can be seen captured through the amazing photography by Keane Photography. The paper-art making process was healing on multiple levels and allowed the children to recreate order from chaos. The written story narration empowered the children with themes of superhero abilities and majestic power and control. KSW was embraced by the families and Newtown community. A win-win for all!

International Team Leaders & Board of Directors/Consultants

Pamela Getsie, Director, Enrollment Services at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont

April 20, 2015, Kristina conducts herself personally and professionally with utmost integrity and compassion. She excels in public relations, rooted in her deep commitment to her vision. She attracts and retains volunteers, motivated by her limitless energy and empowering, respectful leadership. If you are looking to partner with a talented artist and highly effective businesswoman, I recommend Kristina Applegate with great confidence.

Juan Miguel Rizo, Director de Programa de Agroecoturismo Rural Comunitario, Company NameUnion de Cooperativas Agropecuarias UCA, ACS – San Ramon

January 14, 2014, “Kristina was enthusiastic to bring Kids Share Workshops into our rural El Roblar, San Ramon, Nicaragua community in order to bring a writing and art therapy workshop to the children. The children of this community have little access to the arts and few own their own books. At the time Kristina did not know any Spanish but was able to work well despite this handicap. As her part-time interpreter, I placed Kristina with a coffee farming family where she lived for several weeks while teaching. I would recommend Kristina to work with rural families in Latin America because she is passionate about creating a better future for our children and values cross-cultural connections between countries.”

Lauren Lee, Brand Ambassador and Public Relations Director at Pets2Connect.com

January 10, 2014, Kristina is not only a talented artist but a true leader with a unique vision for bringing about positive change and healing through the creative arts. She can inspire others and lead in such a way as to bring out the natural talents unique to each person she reaches, whether it be a coworker, volunteer or workshop participant.

Kristina has a natural, gifted way of dealing with children, which makes the workshops she leads a comfortable environment for children to share, grow, and gain confidence in their strengths.

In this same way, she empowers parents, volunteers, and her co-directors to embrace their strengths and build on them.

Jennifer Ponte Canning, Accomplished, versatile writer with digital design skills and experience across industries, channels, and business areas.

January 8, 2014, Kristina is an immensely talented artist and a tireless visionary who continually inspires those around her. Her energy and enthusiasm are irrepressible and infectious, her warmth genuine, and her ideas original. In addition to her outstanding work as an illustrator and portrait artist, Kristina founded a nonprofit, cross-cultural arts program that helps children express themselves through stories and illustrations, which are ultimately published in book form. Thanks to her leadership, Kids Share Workshops has grown from one woman’s dream into a strong team effort that continues to expand its reach worldwide. To know Kristina is to know that nothing can stop her from pursuing her passions. She is a remarkable person who makes good things happen. I am proud to call her my friend and colleague.

Kris Shonk Pfeifer, Graphic Designer specializing in creative design services and solutions

January 8, 2014, I had the pleasure of working with Kristina as a volunteer for the Newtown Kids Share Workshop. Kristina brings enthusiasm, compassion, and creative talent to all that she does. She was able to manage and direct a large group of volunteers effectively, maintain a fun, positive, stimulating atmosphere for both students and volunteers, and provide an enriching educational experience through the well-planned curriculum. She is a strong leader and manager who is always willing to listen and problem solve, and works well in a team. Kristina is a highly skilled illustrator who amazes and delights with her work! I am confident she can be a success with what she puts her mind to next!

Patty Short, Non-profit expertise

January 7, 2014, Kristina is a true visionary. Through her leadership, creative inspiration and determination, she founded Kids Share Workshops and Publishing, a non-profit that inspires children to share their lives through art and writing. Kristina touches the lives of all she meets with her inspired creativity, focus, quick wit, kindness, and compassion.

Lorena Frias, Partners of the Americas-Costa Rica

February 23, 2012, I appreciate immensely the wonderful opportunity I was given through Kristina and Kids Share Workshops to participate in the GMCR Kids Share workshops, representing Sister Schools. I was impressed by GMCR’s staff, their warmth and inspiration, CRn schools, staff and students, their discipline, dedication, and joy, as well as Kristina’s expertise and gift for bringing all of us together. Keep up the good work!



Project Experience


Illustrative Work

Clients have included; Tibetan Children’s Villages in Bylakuppe, India, Central Vermont Schools, USA, Portland, Oregon, USA,  San Ramon and El Roblar Nicaraguan (coffee communities), Panajachel Guatemala primary school, Eastern and Western Costa Rica (coffee communities), an ongoing partnership with the community of Newtown, Connecticut, and most recently, Chongwe, Zambia, Africa

Project Experience

In 2017 Kids Share Workshops, parent company to Novaturient Workshops, taught at the Bimbe Primary School and the Home of Hope, a safe house for young women in child protection. Our team was carefully screened to work with vulnerable children. We reached over 150 children. Kids Share was a Master Vendor with World Vision USA and Zambia.