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Gallery Operations

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Why Your Support Matters

Your Arts Fund Donation MattersFor over three decades The Arts Fund has been committed to programming that nurtures local talent, enriches arts education, and promotes public awareness of artists in our community.  With your financial assistance we will continue to help launch emerging artists and  educate the next generation through our transformative programs.  Those  who share these values and believe that a creative community is a stronger community can show their support with a generous donation to The Arts Fund today. In doing so, you join a distinguished list of community advocates of all ages and income levels.

Where the Money Goes

The Arts Fund Community Gallery

Your charitable grants and donations support the staff and materials used to maintain the area's only nonprofit Community Gallery.  We offer emerging quality artists of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to exhibit their work.  Exhibited work includes the work of students in our Teen Arts Mentorship program.  The work is selected based on its artistic quality and the creative potential of the artist, not the saleability of the work.

Located at the center of the popular arts district known as the Funk Zone, our gallery attracts many locals and visitors.  Through our exhibitions, artist talks and demonstrations, we are able to share the talents and insights of our artists and provide the public with greater awareness and excitement about the local arts.  The Arts Fund Gallery has hosted over 120 exhibitions and showcased over 500 artists during the past decade. Your support allows this important exchange of artistic vision and understanding between artists and viewers in the community.

Teen Arts Mentorship

Students from both public and private high schools in the county are offered mentorships on a quarterly basis for free.  Your charitable grants and donations support the stipends paid to the professional artists, teachers and professors who lead the mentorships, as well as cover the cost of the course materials, art supplies and studio space rental.

The Teen Arts Mentorship program was started 20 years ago with a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.  Since that time the program has mushroomed. We are exceptionally proud of the expansion of the program which now includes mentorships in assemblage, collage, creative writing, dance, drawing, film making, painting, photography, print making, sculpture and more. The work of the students is showcased in our Community Gallery at various times each year.  

Our mentorships, generally offered four times a year, allow for small, intimate classes led by professional artists/teachers. The expansion of these art education opportunities over the years demonstrates our commitment to serving our community, and this success would not be possible without the ongoing support of local foundations and other donors. Your sustained generosity will allow The Arts Fund to continue to provide and build groundbreaking, educational opportunities for the next generation.

Please Support Local Arts

The Arts Fund provides adventures in the arts to our community, and our only souce of funding comes from that community, in other words, you.  Our success depends on the generosity of individuals, businesses and foundations. Please make this important investment in our community arts by sending your gift today.  We greatly appreciate donations of any amount.  Thank you for your generosity!