As a result of organizing this art show, we enjoyed the unique opportunity to join forces with a group of creative people who are working together to bring more visibility to the visual arts in our community.
As individual artists and as a collective, we embrace this event to share our artistic creations with the general public in addition to giving back to the community.
Each year our art show has a fundraiser for chosen charities. Our goal is to make a difference in the community through donations to these charities and raising awareness for their causes. This collaborative project is truly rewarding! Donation funds are generated from raffle prizes, sponsor gifts, and artists’ donated original art. Because our show is in Mesa this year, we chose to sponsor the following local, vitally important, non-profit charities: Arizona Brainfood Inc. and House of Refuge Inc.
Arizona Brainfood Inc.
“Arizona Brainfood is a non-profit organization that discreetly provides a backpack of food to feed hungry school children on weekends. We hope that each child will return to school every Monday mentally aware and physically able to concentrate.”
In the fall of 2009, Arizona Brainfood’s program began by providing food bags to 180 children in two Mesa elementary schools. Its mission was to make sure that elementary children wouldn’t go hungry over the school year weekends so that their Monday mental and concentration skills were positively impacted. The program has grown considerably over the last seven years and continues to grow. It has even expanded to other Arizona cities (Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Fountain Hills, etc.).
At the beginning of the 2016 school year, 3,400 food bags were discreetly provided to a total of 104 Arizona elementary schools. Included in that total number, approximately 2,000 food bags were provided to 55 Mesa elementary schools.
Many local businesses and individuals donate all of the resources needed to make this a successful program. Major contributions include food, packing materials, and delivery trucks/drivers. Mesa Public Schools provides a “pro bono” warehouse space to store and pack all the food bags. Every Thursday morning, approximately 80 volunteers fill and load the food bags into the trucks for delivery to the elementary schools. On Fridays, teachers/counselors discreetly put the food bags into each designated child’s backpack.
Arizona Brainfood’s Board of Directors and Staff are all volunteers. For more information, visit their website: www.azbrainfood.org