Help Art Studio in Small Mountain Town Keep Going
Organized by: Lynda Munfrada Amy Williams
Shades of Grace Art Studio began giving scholarships to those in need from day one. We love helping kids and adults find their inner artist and explore possibilities through all sorts of modes: painting, crafting, clay, glass works, puppetry, jewelry making, sewing, paper art...whatever they can imagine, we try to get supplies for them to invent! We believe in cross-generational shared learning and enjoy seeing grandparents learn together with their grandkids. :-)
We opened in October of 2014 and have given away 184 full and over 50 partial scholarships for art classes in our 6 township mountain community. We've been remodeling an old liquor store (the beer cooler currently serves as our crafting space) and we still need a working stove and a 40 gallon water heater with fixings for adequate plumbing, but from day one, we've been selling artwork for local artists and hosting classes. Our two most successful endeavors to date are Ladies Night Dinner & Painting held once a month at the community library and our after school Art Exploration for Kids K-8th grade (90% scholarships-we won't turn any child away from engaging in art!).
To continue, we need help keeping the doors open. Our rent, utility and insurance expenses are currently running $904 per month. The classes bring enough money to replace the supplies we've used (paint, paper, glitter & glue) but not enough to pay for rent. Both Amy and Lynda donate their time to run the Studio and use their wages from their other jobs to cover expenses, but with jobs mostly seasonal, we need help. (PLEASE watch the documentary "URANIUM DRIVE-IN" to understand our community's economical situation.)
$12,000 would provide 1 full year of expenses with enough left over -God willing- for a new stove, a hot water heater and adequate plumbing. Of course, if we get more than that, more scholarships and better materials can happen and maybe even a new kiln so one of our local artists could provide pottery classes! :-) But we're thankful for any funds given. We have our Non-Profit status and are working toward our 501(c)(3) IRS recognition by summer of 2016 but it's very costly and time consuming. So... challenge your friends and families to join in giving back to our community through extending art to everyone by helping us keep our doors open and scholarships flowing.
The cost of two large pizzas at the local gas station would provide scholarships for 20 kids for a week, 2 teen or 1 adult to any of our traditional classes. YOU could open up a life of art for someone through just a little giving. YOU could change the beauty of our community through generously providing funds for artistic expression. Your choice.
Art IS healing and should be an intregal part of every journey. We believe everyone has creativity within and should have a nurturing place to explore and experience art. Shades of Grace Art Studio provides that place. :-) Please help us keep the doors open another year for our community. Thank you!
We are very grateful to the West End Council for the Arts who partnered with us last fall for a $2,500.00 grant from Telluride's Just For Kids Foundation which provided 3 months (January, February and March) of supplies and scholarships for our after school program.