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Preparing our youth for the future

$1,225 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 20 people in 26 months
Late in 2012, in a tiny art gallery in an old mall space, we met a few local kids that had great unique talents for creating strikingly gorgeous art but, not the dollars to afford finer materials like a simple pad of quality paper. Instead, we saw these tedious works on napkins, lined notebook paper, paintings on old cardboard, among other materials. Most of these kids were shy, very quiet and lacking any confidence in their skills.
What did we do? Gave them some nice paper and canvas (our own) and left art materials out, inviting all to use them. Before long, they became regular visitors and brought other creative young artists with them to instructional workshops we scheduled. It was soon enough we held a juried youth art exhibit. They weren't the bashful, meek kids we had first met but, had a certain beam in their eyes and more of a stride in their walk - eager and proud to hear praise for their fine works and more than happy to share their supplies and newly gained knowledge with younger kids who needed paper like they did.
That was when this hit us :
We're supporting, inspiring and encouraging the potential of future leaders of our community! These were smart, caring young people with dreams and, now, the confidence to chase what they desired!
We've put a lot together with out-of-pocket funding, and a few personal donations, for over 2 years to support a variety of local young arts in our town.
- 2nd Friday exhibits at a local restaurant,
- Large exhibit at a large local gallery,
- Many monthly exhibits at different places,
- A youth music event,
- Instructional classes for youth
We're involved with King Career Center - a local High School - directly also.
Look at us go!
For what we have, we've done a lot for many young artists and have used our limited resources to provide frames, hanging hardware and places to display and perform.
This IS where our passion found the future of these bright young residents needing us to care.
We have a lot of volunteers that have helped make this happen but, some costs are unavoidable and we have exhausted our own money and resources many times.
Just $20 will provide hardware and title cards for a youth exhibit.
Just $50 will provide transportation to and from an exhibit AND light foods for a reception!
$100 enables us to supply material for an instructional workshop! (reward level as well!  :)
Our list of young artists is over 30 individuals now and we continue to meet more in need.
This will not only happen regularly with your support, it will show some talent this town honestly deserves to see.
It's time to invest in their future AND ours.
A sincere THANK YOU!
from
Vivid Colors, ink
and many volunteers
in
Anchorage, Alaska

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Update 36
Posted by John Mclay
23 months ago
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OOOO!
We had no idea this gorgeous pastel set shared our name!! At around $190 US currency, owning it may be on the back burner for now. :)
Before you buy it for us from the kindness of your heart, this would do more for local young artists and cost you a bit less.
Check out our rewards and pitch in!
THEN you could get us the fancy pastels if you wish :)
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Update 35
Posted by John Mclay
24 months ago
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How should we paint the future for our local youth? The answer should be obvious - they need our support and encouragement to carry us tomorrow. Take a moment to listen. It may surprise you how attentive they are. How much they know. How willing they are to make a difference. Are we providing light in the path they've already chosen?
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Update 34
Posted by John Mclay
24 months ago
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How we support the next generation has an explosive impact on our own future. How do we want them to treat the world tomorrow?
Are you involved making a positive difference?
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Update 33
Posted by John Mclay
24 months ago
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Does a creative young mind, teeming with energy, live at your house? WHY are they not connected with us ?! Yesterday, we received a $50 donation (reward level.!) that deserves a 3D pastel board set!
What could that creative soul do with THAT?!
Get one for yourself :)
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$1,225 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 20 people in 26 months
Created February 24, 2015
John Mclay  
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