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Hot Wire Foam Factory Helps Artist Create Fortress-of-Solitude Super Girl Costume

Hot Wire Foam Factory was recently approached by artist Cory Hunt who was working with a non-profit organization called The Magic Wheelchair. Cory had a project to do and needed to get it done fast! Foam was his medium of choice and How Wire jumped at the chance to help in his quest. In 3 short weeks, their new found artist friend created a Fortress of Solitude Super Girl costume for a little girl named Zoe (pictured below). 

From the good people at Hot Wire Foam Factory -  "Our story is short in that we were able to participate from a distance by donating a kit, but it made us proud to know we could help in a small way to make a big difference. This tool kit will go on to make many other projects. We hope this story encourages others to be open to saying YES and making magical moments for people you may never even meet."

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FM Brush Hosts Dynasty/Splashes of Hope Paint Night 2017

FM Brush recently hosted a Paint Night for the organization Splashes of Hope. They donated the brushes and brought in a group of artists to the Splashes location on Long Island, Dynasty Artists Shar Sosh and Sandy McTier, and FM Brush family and friends. Blick Art Materials donated the paint. The group painted all sorts of ceiling tiles and murals to be installed at the Northport VA Medical Center. 

Splashes of Hope and Dynasty Brush have a very special relationship forged through the hearts of both Splashes of Hope founder Heather Buggee and FM Brush's late CEO Frederick V. Mink. Mr. Mink is pictured below with a hat on with Veterans from the Adult Day Health Care room with the murals Splashes of Hope created for a project in 2014, a vintage Coney Island theme.

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Pina Zangaro Provides Gallery & Exhibition Space

Over the past ten years, San Francisco's real estate market has been fueled by the tech industry, driving many artists and arts organizations, including dozens of galleries, out of the city or out of business. Realizing that there was a dearth of exhibit space in San Francisco for photographers, Pina Zangaro converted two large spaces in the front of their building for use as a photo gallery. They host five or six large exhibitions a year, all at no cost to the exhibitors, in addition to many smaller arts events. In a city that lacks exhibition space, the Pina Zangaro Gallery has become an important resource for photographers at all levels. Additionally, the Gallery has been a great tool for better connecting with the users of our print presentation products.

Through April 19th, The Gallery is hosting a reception for First Exposures, a youth mentoring program for under-served youth in the Bay Area that provides a creative outlet for students to express themselves in a safe and supportive environment and encourage them to become articulate, confident, and responsible young adults. Participation in the program is voluntary, and students commit to attend class once a week, each Saturday, for at least one academic semester. Mentors come from an array of photographic backgrounds, but all come to the program with a commitment and dedication to arts mentoring.

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Dixon Ticonderoga Company Helping The Kids In Need Foundation

Dixon Ticonderoga Company and The Kids In Need Foundation have worked together to ensure success in the classroom for over a decade.

There are 40 KINF Resource Center locations in the United States, distributing much needed school supplies to kids who would otherwise go without. This year Dixon has donated 70,000 in fine art supplies, which will be distributed to the Resource Centers, and is working with 10 KINF Resource Centers are working with ten local artists to create 20 fine art pieces using products from the Maimeri, Canson, and Daler-Rowney brands. Ten masterpieces will be auctioned off at the national KINF annual gala and 10 pieces of art will be auctioned off at the local level to raise money for local Resource Centers. Dixon also donates up to $1,500,000 in products annually to KINF Resource Centers.

“Creativity ignites learning within all of us,” said Dave Smith, executive director of The Kids In Need Foundation. “It is exciting to witness the important role Dixon plays in supporting our Resource Centers and helping students receive the supplies they need to succeed.”  

About The Kids In Need Foundation 
The Kids In Need Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids In Need Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995, has distributed nearly $900 million in school supplies, directly benefiting 5.4 million students and nearly 200,000 teachers annually. For more information, visit KINF.org, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @KidsInNeed

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MM Manufacturing Assists Rural Title 1 School

Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. (Oct 5, 2015)

Early in July, Marianne Bennett, owner of MM Manufacturing aka Marvelous Marianne's received this email from a rural Title 1 school.

"I would like to request a donation of your product for our school's art program. We are a small, rural, Title I school who does not have a large budget for purchasing items from year to year, therefore we rely heavily on donations. Our art room does not have a sink and in order for students to clean up, they must walk to the nearest student bathrooms which are a considerable distance away and make it difficult for me to monitor the classroom and the bathroom simultaneously as the two rooms are out of sight of one another. Since this is a gentle cleaner that can be used without water, it would be a very welcome and appreciated addition to our room."

Under the teacher's name was "Even the smallest person can change the course of the future."  - J.R.R Tolkien

Marianne said, "All of us, suppliers, retailers and reps donate items but this email for a rural Title 1 school in Rural may be reminder to all of us of the importance of our art giving."

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Paint Spot's Annual Art Walk

Art Walk recently took place in Edmonton, Canada. It is eight blocks of unrestrained creativity with around 450 artists and craftspeople - Graffiti, pop, surrealism, art nouveau, impressionism, and just plain cool looking items. Festival producer, and owner of the Paint Spot, Kim Fjordbotten, has been there since the beginning in 1995. In its 22nd year, Art Walk brings waves of symbolic communication of imagination in the public realm. The Edmonton Journal said “Kim deserves credit for institutionalizing, coordinating and making possible something our bylaws-obsessed local reality would otherwise instinctively stand in the way of in the name of law and boredom.”

Encouragement and opportunity are a big part of what draws crowds and artists to the festival. Artists usually have to turn to either the online storefront, or just hope for a gallery show, Art Walk provides a space for everyone to equally display the fruits of their labour.

Kim hopes someday Art Walk won’t just be for a weekend in July, but for the entire summer. She makes a strong case – “It’s an important part of the community. It takes the art from out of the studios and the closets and the garden sheds and brings both the work and the artists to where the people are. I call myself a mother bear sometimes, because I think art often gets relegated to frivolous or looked at as the first thing we can cut because it’s not that important. For those of us in the arts to articulate why it is important is really hard. People see it as it’s nice, or it’s enjoyable, or it’s stress relieving. To me, it’s the cornerstone of our society.”

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ACTÍVA's Free Art Education Summer Camp

In June, ACTÍVA Products, Inc. and the Michelson Museum of Art collaborated to bring free art education summer camp classes to children in the Marshall, Texas area.

Local artist Audrey Lozano taught students in Grades 1-3 how to make simple sculptures, masks, and sand art; introducing them to art materials many had not used before. Creativity blossomed as the children discovered innovative ways of using colored sand, plaster cloth, and air-dry clay to make beautiful works of art. 

ACTÍVA says they are proud to sponsor art education and advocacy efforts.

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Sculpture House Supports Native American Stone Sculpture

Also at Sculpture House, Mr. Barrie and Louise Deck, Operations Administrator, have been supporting and advocating for traditional Native American arts stone sculpture ever since they were contacted in 2016 by Brendon Albers of First People Fund. Mr. Albers requested sculpting stone for his high school, so he could teach the students native stone sculpture techniques, giving them ties to their past and hope for their future. The response has been overwhelming and delightful. Sculpture House has since shipped over 3,000 pounds of alabaster, soapstone and tools to the Lakota Eagle Butte High School in South Dakota, along with ceramic clay and tools to the art department at the high school to encourage the art of ceramics. 

Bruner and Louise said the smiles and success of the students involved is the most gratifying feeling! 

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Art Creations Sponsors Mural Event

Jessica Dumitru, owner of Art Creations, hosted The Artist Seven (Eric Finley) and the Burnin' Bridges Street Festival at her store in Chattanooga, Tennessee this past June. Seven, and three fellow urban artists, painted the back parking lot walls - making the store's location a destination to view local street art. 

Seven obtained a grant through ArtsBuild, a local non-profit, and Art Creations sponsored the event by providing the space for the murals and by donating cans of Montana spray paint to the artists.  

Jessica said, "We are very proud of the artist's work and love supporting our local urban artists!"    

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Create More, Share More

Each Summer, the Strathmore Artist Paper Create More, Share More program selects a few local art-related events to give away free art materials and a pad to each person that stops by the Strathmore table. The goal is to bring more art to their local community, inspire more people to get their creative juices flowing, and encourage people to share the gift of their art or art materials, and just do a random act of kindness.

Strathmore hopes to inspire random acts of artistic kindness in the community by giving the gift of your art or art materials to someone who would appreciate it, and they encourage people to tell them about what they made with their art supplies or who they shared them with using #CreateMoreShareMore!

Watch video from last year's Create More, Share More event. 

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