Now in its’ 22nd year, the Gala Auction includes a stunning meal, great company and live and silent auction items like getaways, artwork, gift packages & sports tickets – all to make certain that 140+ crucial workshops continue to enhance over 5000 students in the Avon Maitland district throughout year.
I’m not sure why. Perhaps I’ve yet to master the ‘elevator speech’ or try to touch on all facets involved in our day-to-day to justify to the listener why we exist.
If you’re reading this you may already have an interest in what we do. Maybe some social media traffic led you here or you landed here by accident or you are trying to make sense of what I said in the elevator.
Whatever the route, please allow me 6 minutes to explain to you what we do and why we think it doubles in importance everyday in this currently splintered and boxed-in world.
As a charitable organization that lies just outside of the education system, we’re not privy to what becomes of students as they grow up. We always appreciate hearing from a parent or teacher how one of our workshops lit a flame in a child or provided a path of hope and growth for another, but recognizing the fruit found in a young adult that stems from our work is near impossible.
Imagine our joy then when we found Kristen Nuhn, Masters student:
“Through experiencing a Foundation’s ART | LIFE workshop in Grade 5, I discovered that there was a place for me.”
Kristen is currently enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts in Theatrical Properties program at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.