LGBTQ Youth Expressive Art Programs

$805 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 17 people in 3 months

Hey there!

My name is John Gascot. I am an artist.

I am also a gay man. An OUT gay man. A married-to-another-guy out gay man.  A very FORTUNATE and GRATEFUL man.

As a kid I never dreamed I might be able to say those words. While we've come a long way in matters of LGBTQ awareness, tolerance and equality the sad reality is that we've not come nearly far enough. There are kids today who still cannot imagine saying those words. LGBTQ youth is still subject to ridicule, bullying and descrimination. 
As an artist and adult human member of the LGBTQ community I feel it is my responsibility to reach out and give back in the best way I know how...through art. Art saved and shaped my life and I believe it can do the same for others. It facilitates expression, confidence and self-esteem. The workshops provide a safe environment for creative social interaction and sharing.

I am volunteering my time to create an ongoing LGBTQ Youth Expressive Art Program (at NO COST to participants). I offer creative workshop sessions via a variety of venues which are easily accessible to participants. The program launches with my first workshop on 11/14/2016. In this early stage I am not only volunteering time but taking on the expense of art and creative materials as well. That is where you come in. 
I am just one guy doing his best to do his community and the world-at-large a solid. I too have pressing bills and other matters which demand my time, but believe passionately that investing in our youth sets into motion a whirlwind of positive change.

Your support will help provide materials like canvas, papers, paints, brushes and more. These are the tools which will empower the participants in my program. These are the tools with which they will grow, express...and conquer. 

Here I spell this wish out with utmost gratitude and set it out into the world with the great hope that it will raise the funds that will allow me to run this Expressive Arts program for its first year (now through the 2017 calendar year). 

Creativity and Kindness,
John Gascot

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14 days ago
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LGBTQ Youth Expressive Art Programs has reached 52% of its goal. A heartfelt thanks to everyone who has donated so far. You keep donating and I'll keep turning your dollars into meaningful no-cost-to-the-kids art workshops. <3
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A sampling from our session on 11/14/16.
A sample from our session 11/14/2016
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$805 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 17 people in 3 months
Created November 1, 2016
$20
George Medeiros
14 days ago

So happy this is going well! Cheers n

$75
Anonymous
14 days ago
$20
Carole Hall
29 days ago
KL
$5
kim lira
2 months ago

wonderful work you're doing towards a better future for our youth.

CA
$40
Chris Aguilar-Garcia
2 months ago

keep doing what you're doing. paint the town LGBTQ ️‍

$25
John Huls
2 months ago

Jay and I support you, John. You are an angel to our LGBT children!

AP
$25
Amanda Phily
3 months ago
LS
$100
Lisa Schroeder
3 months ago

Love you, love it all. I have children. Those children should be free, happy, and successful. ALL children shoud be supported to be free, happy, and successful!

$10
Saori Murphy
3 months ago

Thank You!

RR
$20
Rose Richey
3 months ago
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