Give and Buy Art Supplies to Benefit Bridge Afterschool Program
Do you have art or craft supplies waiting for that rainy day? Does this sound familiar?
“Someday, I’ll make something really cool out of this. Someday I’ll put this loom
together…Someday I’ll take up batik…” Waterfall Arts will gladly accept your donations of art and craft materials for their Art Stuff Sale on Saturday, September 19 from 9 to 1.
At Waterfall Arts there are young artists ready to make art now, but the organization is short of
funds for the programs that have been keeping creative experiences affordable for all families in
and around Belfast. In addition to seeking grants and sponsors, Youth and Families Outreach
Coordinator Bridget Matros and her loyal fleet of young artists are planning several fundraisers
to keep things rolling and they need that art stuff in your closet! The Art Stuff Sale on Saturday,
September 19th from 9am-1pm will turn donations of materials into funds for high-demand
programs like the “Bridge” free afterschool art program. In its third year, Bridge is where young
creatives in sixth grade (who are without art in school until the following year) connect to
themselves, each other, and the community. In batches of a dozen, young artists become tight-
knit “families” that support each other on their search for their own creative voices, while also
being introduced to a world of resources that is the local art scene.
The “original posse” of Bridge artists, now in eighth grade, are still a tight group. Determined to
help keep Bridge going for their young counterparts and to continue their own creative journeys
at Waterfall Arts, they are asking community members to help out in the following ways:
DONATE unneeded art and craft supplies to be sold. Drop off at Waterfall Arts Tuesday
through Friday from 9 to 5, or by appointment.
BUY good art stuff at yard sale prices on September 19 – while ensuring our fantastic
FREE program for young artists can continue. We’ll also have framed artwork by Bridge
artists for sale.
HELP OUT Help put up flyers, invite friends, spread the word, post signs around town
the night before, or help organize the piles of materials the day of the sale.
If you can’t make the event, consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Kids and Families
Outreach Program anytime, in any amount. Waterfall’s stellar set of programs – affordable and
free family events, art tents, classes and after school programs – are what make a creative
economy like Belfast’s sustainable by engaging the next generation of local artists.
Waterfall Arts, now in its 16th year, is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. To learn more about
community programs, youth and family outreach, the Bridge program, classes for all ages,
studio rentals and exhibitions, visit www.waterfallarts.org, call 207-338-2222 or stop by.