Creating Global Connections to Myanmar's Cultural Community

Our Mission

To promote cultural exchange between Myanmar and the rest of the world through art, education and entrepreneurship in order to preserve and enrich local culture and the global community.


Mindfulness | Community | Creativity | Education


As a non-profit organization, we are currently involved in the following initiatives:

YONE Presents – the promotion of Myanmar contemporary artists internationally through exhibitions, public speaking engagements and publications

Art Walkabout – arts education through our residency and exchange program for Myanmar artists wishing to study abroad, as well as international artists who seek residency within Myanmar

Virtual World School Myanmar – a technology lab formed to introduce orphaned children to virtual educational resources

MOCAMY – the establishment of a Museum of Contemporary Art in Myanmar to embed the role of creativity and art in the urban community of Yangon

Mithasu Project – Life skills training to young women and mothers in villages and charitable giving to support basic human needs to create healthy, creative communities.

In addition to seeking private donations and grant funding, we intend to channel profits from local contemporary art and artisanal products to fund philanthropic programs that develop the communities in which the products were created.


Our Team

Our Board of Advisors

Paula Tin Nyo – Founder & Executive Director

Initiatives: Artists, Mocamy

Paula Tin Nyo, a native of Myanmar and a graduate of Yale University, is a third generation artist and writer from the premiere media family in post-colonial Burma. As one of the intellectual and artistic diaspora now returning to Myanmar after four decades of its isolation, she contributes her robust background in cultural education, writing and media ethics to bridging the global arts and education community.

Since the suspension of US trade sanctions, Ms. Tin Nyo has made over a dozen trips back to Myanmar to personally meet artists from her homeland in their private studios and select artwork to exhibit to the international community. Ms. Tin Nyo has appeared as guest speaker for Art Basel Miami, Yale Asian Alumni Convention, National University of Singapore Forum, Jacaranda Music, and other venues.

Ms. Tin Nyo is a mother of four and has been an educator for 20 years. She has taught at Nevada City School of the Arts, a blue-ribbon charter school in California, Maryland’s public schools, as well as the International Baccalaureate program at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, FL. She considers children as her inspiration for the future.

Jennifer Henbest de Calvillo – Secretary & Director of Art Walkabout

Initiatives: Art Walkabout, Mocamy

Jennifer is an American artist and teacher currently living in the countryside between Kyoto and Osaka in Japan. A traveller at heart she has traveled and taught at different international schools in Africa and Asia. She has keen interest in mixed media in her artwork and takes inspiration from places she visits and where she calls home!

She feel a certain poignant clarity of intention as she personally fell in love with gold leaf lacquer and all things Burmese at the first sound of a tingling golden ti! Dreams of southeast Asia were set into action in 2001 when she left Zimbabwe to teach art at the International School in Yangon! Her interest in educating people about Myanmar art and culture and creating cultural exchange through art is the reason she is volunteering to help YAIF’s Art Walkabout & Mocamy initiatives create bridges and help foster creative exchange and understanding through education and international information sharing!

Marcus B. Turner - Treasurer

Mr. Marcus Turner is the visionary international executive behind Covested International. He has 30 years of experience in acquisitions and divestitures, continuity plans, restructurings, reorganizations, raising capital, introducing technology, creating and protecting intellectual property, marketing and communications in both public and private companies, globally.

In 2011, Mr. Turner entered Myanmar as VP of Marketing, Asia for Woodgroup, Intl. After a series of negotiations with the freshly formed Ministry of Energy, Mr. Turner was able to sign one of the first historic contracts between Myanmar’s new government and the Western world.

U Min Lwin

U Min Lwin is the Founder of Gallery 65 in Yangon. Established in May of 2010, Gallery 65 has played a pivotal role in supporting working Myanmar artists by sharing their work with collectors in Myanmar and abroad. As the son of U Aye Lwin, Former ASEAN Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he had the opportunity to travel throughout the world and study in the United States where he obtained a MBA at Hawaii Pacific University. U Min Lwin returned to his native Myanmar to reconnect and contribute to its development. In addition to his activities at Gallery 65, U Min Lwin is Managing Director of Prestige Media and a Director at Golden Thuriya Properties.

Nyi Nyi Moe Thu

Nyi Nyi Moe Thu was born in Yangon, Myanmar and had the opportunity to develop robust diplomatic and communications skills during the years of the military regime. Son of U Moe Thu, one of the founding fathers of the National Democratic League (NLD) and acclaimed film director, Nyi Nyi Moe Thu has a deep sensibility of the issues of censorship and expression among the intellectual and artistic community of Myanmar.

Nyi Nyi Moe Thu received his training in English and Business Law from the University of Yangon and worked at the U.S. Embassy for five years in the Information/Media department. In addition to his valuable support of our local initiatives, Nyi Nyi Moe Thu operates a successful travel and leisure company in Myanmar.

Douglas Soe Lin

Douglas Soe Lin, born in Yangon, Myanmar is the Founder and President of SOE LIN & ASSOCIATES, ARCHITECTS (USA) and SOE LIN GROUP II, ARCHITECTS (Myanmar) with associated offices in Singapore and Germany. With numerous design awards and loyal clients to his credit, Douglas Soe Lin brings more than twenty-five years of diverse architectural experience to his clients in the United States and abroad.

Douglas Soe Lin frequently lectures and contributes regularly to the Yangon Institute of Technology as a visiting critic. His continued community involvement in Myanmar includes participation in the Myanmar Buddhist Meditation Society, as leading clinics for the International Bando Association, a martial arts form unique to Myanmar. Mr. Soe Lin and his family are passionate collectors and patrons of both the modern and contemporary art of Myanmar. Specifically, Mr. Soe Lin contributes his vision and expertise about the relationship between Myanmar art and architecture to Yone Arts.

Anita Heriot

Anita Heriot is CEO of Pall Mall Advisors, an international appraisal and advisory firm. Anita Heriot has served as Vice President, Head of Appraisals, and ran the British & Continental Furniture and Decorative Arts department for Samuel T. Freeman & Company. Ms. Heriot is a member of the Appraisers Association of America and is USPAP certified. She is a graduate of Bowdoin University with advanced degrees from University of London and New York University.

Ms. Heriot was instrumental in promoting Myanmar contemporary artists in the United States during Art Basel, Miami, the LA Art Show and Asia Week at Freeman’s Auction House and has worked closely with our Yone Arts Presents initiative.

Bryan Skarlatos

Mr. Skarlatos has been recognized by New York Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 lawyers in New York and he is listed in Best Lawyers in America where he was named Tax Litigator of the Year in New York for 2014.

Mr. Skarlatos speaks throughout the country on tax-related topics and has presented about Bitcoin, the open source, decentralized innovative payment method that promotes entrepreneurism across borders. Mr. Skarlatos contributes his understanding of the international business sphere to YAIF from both his legal experience and his long-held interests in East-West philosophy, history and martial arts.

Walter Bazaar

Walter Bazar has been a professional fine art dealer since 1978, specializing in 19th, 20th and 21st century artists and is owner of BlueSky International, with headquarters in Paris and Saratoga. Mr. Bazar’s exceptional academic and experiential knowledge of the art market and his reputation for transparency within the art community, makes him a strong advisory resource for Yone Arts.

Walter Bazar attended City University of New York, Columbia University, and Skidmore College and holds a Master’s in Fine Arts degree.