HUGE thank you to our 2014 Donors!

posted on January 17, 2015 by
AppAttack We can’t go another day into the new year without thanking our generous and wonderful 2014 donors. You. Are. All. Awesome. Many of you have been supporting us since the beginning. Some were new to YAC this year. YAC exists because of you and we will never be able to thank you enough. Because of your generosity, and our past and present board members, YAC has been able to “be there” for over 650 young artists, mentoring them in art and life skills for anywhere from 2-8 years each. And we continue to grow in both program and support. It’s a terrific time to be a YACster and part of this Collective in some way – as donors, partners, collectors, volunteers, parents, alumni, visiting artists, board members, staff, and friends. Some of you are a combination of these. Please take a moment and go to our list of 2014 Donors to see the fine company you keep as investors in many young lives and in the cultural health of our community. This month marks YAC’s 15th birthday, which means, besides the amount of cake we’re about to consume, we have alumni who are adults now, making the best of their lives. It becomes more and more evident that they carry tremendous gratitude in their hearts for the community at large that supported YAC and them as young artists. It is a place that changed, sometimes saved, their lives. And we will always be there somehow for one another. It is a lifetime relationship. In 2014 alone we added several new workshops to our core program, a new mentor, and have continued our successful Saturday morning workshops (TAG) for younger kids. We started a blog and newsletter, and expanded our social media reach to keep you all informed and entertained. We launched two online communities, 30days/30drawings and Discuss as an outreach and way to weave YACsters and artists from the community together. In addition to our usual shows, YACsters exhibited at Carmel Art Association, Monterey Museum of Art, and at two places at Westend Celebration. Add to this several YAC alumni Chloe and Diandre, Angela, and Bryce who have had several solo shows of their own. To benefit YAC, Jim Dultz, our board president, produced a terrific evening of Ethan Russell Presents, Lilify hosted a fantastic Edible Art dinner, and Monterey Rotary produced a most remarkable Chris Botti Concert. Our own 24hr Artathon was once again a tremendous success, and LiveArt returned by popular demand, bringing enormous talent from the community to YAC Studios to make live art and music. Thank you so very much for your support of our mission to inspire creativity, kindness, and confidence in our youth through artistic expression and mutual respect. With deep gratitude, Meg and Marcia and all the YACsters past and present Do art. Be kind.

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