Dear Friend of ArtVan,
What an amazing, transformative year ArtVan has had! Over this past year, ArtVan has honed its operating model to be as lean as possible, while continuing to deliver quality programming through our Neighborhood Program and our Community Partnership Program. Not only did our work hum along, but we were also able to increase our capacity to deliver more programs and provide services for more under-resourced communities. This has only been possible with the outpouring of community support from organizations and people like yourself!
During the past year, ArtVan has served over 500 youth and families across five different communities: Lewiston, Auburn, Bath, Brunswick, and Biddeford. We received generous funding through government grants, as well as private and family foundations. We reached out to donors who believe in our mission, and several successful house parties hosted by donors were instrumental in expanding and diversifying our funding base. Several private foundations have commented on the unique nature of our work and mission, and how our program model is highly effective in changing lives and increasing the well-being of the youth and families we serve. One donor wrote:
“Such is the state of traditional education coupled with the scarce community funding that the powerful resource of artistic expression is found wanting for financial support. Your organization provides an artistic path for expression that opens personal doors for the youth of this state and is one that we would like to support.”
We want to thank you for your generous support and belief in our mission. We could not have continued to deliver and expand our quality programming without friends like you. As we approach the end of our fiscal year, we hope you will consider a year-end gift to support our mission as we enter a new fiscal year. Your year-end gift will enable us to continue to deepen our art therapy services and help more young people and diverse populations channel their emotions to realize their power, voice, and gifts.
Thank you so much for your support in helping us “keep the arts rolling!”