Quimby Family Foundation Awards Waterfall Arts $35,000 Grant

Quimby Family Foundation Awards Waterfall Arts $35,000 Grant   Waterfall Arts is very pleased to announce the receipt of a $35,000 grant from the Quimby Family Foundation to support the continuation of Bridge, its free after-school art program. The popular program brings together working artists and under-served area students and provides them with free art […]

Quimby Family Foundation Awards Waterfall Arts $35,000 Grant

 Bridge group painting together 2014
Waterfall Arts is very pleased to announce the receipt of a $35,000 grant from the Quimby Family Foundation to support the continuation of Bridge, its free after-school art program. The popular program brings together working artists and under-served area students and provides them with free art sessions. Artist Bridget Matros, who led art programs at the Boston Children’s Museum for many years, will continue to direct the group.

Enthusiasm is evident in the comments by a young artist who attended the program, “Coming to Bridge is the number one thing I look forward to all week! I was having a really bad day getting into trouble and then I remembered – it’s Tuesday! And I got an attitude adjustment!” A middle school teacher reports that “I hear about Bridge club all week. These kids live for it, and I can’t thank you enough… they have different challenges and we see all the difference in them this year… as the year went on they just blossomed – especially their self-esteem. They don’t have anything like this program and they need it most.”

The grant will also fund a Bridge Community Arts Coordinator to fully implement the after-school program, increase public access to art and creative experiences and to expand efforts to engage families in the creative community. Plans include having family friendly, hands-on art activities at public events and helping local galleries and artists welcome families to art exhibition and experiences. Other goals are to facilitate the inclusion of young artists in public art, using social media to expand the community of Next Generation Artists and provide a positive, safe, and organized environment for kids to hang out and create afterschool.
The Quimby Family Foundation was formed in 2004 by Roxanne Quimby, an entrepreneur, environmentalist, and philanthropist with the vision to advance wilderness values and to increase access to the arts throughout Maine.
Waterfall Arts, now in its fifteen year, is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. For more information on the Bridge program, art classes and workshops, open studios, exhibitions, community events, studio rentals and volunteer opportunities, visit www.waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222.
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