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Made New Arts, Foster Youth Program

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Made New Arts is the title to a range of year round art classes that I am currently organizing. For the first installment of classes I am teaming up with Partnership for Strong Families, a community based care agency for family support, foster care, and adoption services in Alachua and twelve surrounding counties
and Ignite Refuge, a residential home attached to the Ignite Church campus. The kids at Ignite Refuge are provided  shelter, food, activities and support as they wait to be united with their families or put into foster care. The focus of these classes is  to help empower these kids through community support and the creative arts as they are given the opportunity to connect with each other, and other professional local artists.
The completion of this program installment will end June 9th, 2017 with a gallery showing of the children's artworks and a collaborative mural at Gallery Protocol . This exhibition will be in collaboration with Partnership for Strong Families and used to potentially place the participating children with families. The funds will go 100% to the program, and the children who participate. The funds will be a used as a tool to strengthen and support them as they are waiting to be adopted, or aging out of the foster system into independent living.  
After June 9th, I will continue my work with Partnership for Strong Families and Ignite Refuge for the next phase of classes, as I work to extend the program to juvenile correction facilities, orphanages and community centers in central Florida. 

A website for the program is in the works that will feature the children's work, video of the class in action, a list of participating area artists, and a tentative project schedule at

For more information about Partnership for Strong Families go here:

For more information about Ignite Refuge go here:

To find out more information about me and my art practice go here:

A break down of the needs of the program and what the funds will be used for is below:

$12.99 each x 4= $52.00 4 packs Acrylic paint    
$6.99 each x 10= $70.00  10 sets one for each child watercolors 

$4.99 each x 5= $25.00 5 packs pencils 
$9.99 each x 10= $100 10 sets color pencils one for each child 
$12  12" x 12" cold pressed water color paper pad  

$2.99 x 10= $30  one for each child 9x12 sketchbooks they can keep and sketch ideas in 
$8.99 each  (3 in a pack)  $90.00 10 at least 2 canvas panels for each child, the extras we will keep for continued classes after the art show 
$9.99 x 5 =$50 Paint brushes 5 packs and we will share the sizes, if we can get more then that is better
Air dry clay: $9.99 x 10 = $100

Sculpey Bake Clay: $15 x 10 =$150 

$5 / Elmers Glue 12 pack, 1 needed=$5

$300 lumber to construct classroom tables and shelves

$16 Smooth Brown Tempered Hardboard Wall Panel (I will cut these down to make hardboard work panels for the children to tape watercolor and acrylic works in progress so they do not warp) 

$32 3M 6-Pack 1.41-in Painter's Tapes to hold paper to hardboard while they work on their pieces

$33 "Sun Art" UV sensitive paper 2 packs of 15

$245  30,  8x10 black wood frames with mats and glass to frame work for exhibition

$360  15, 18x24 black wood frames with mats and glass to frame artwork for exhibition 

$200 dollar budget for two murals. One outside of the Ignite Refuge House and one outside of Gallery Protocol for the event 

$50 for paint brushes and rollers for mural 

This makes a total of $1,921 with $455 needed before February 18th, 2017 to help build the table, get the hardboard ready, buy acrylic paint, paint brushes, painters tape, and pencils.  

Thank you to the International Fine Art Fund for contributing to the realization of this project.
Thank you for supporting the opportunity for me to continue to work on, and expand the Made New Arts initiative. You are giving the children who participate an opportunity to enhance their personal vision through the creative arts, and an opportunity to connect with each other and their community, while  situating them in a supportive network. My goal is that we will all come together to love and mentor the next generation of world changers.
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Hilary White
Gainesville, FL

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