Networking With Members
While originally we had a membership roster complete with dues, we decided to change our purpose from one of simply gathering and networking to one of raising money to help artists, writers, musicians, and craftspeople engage in professional development activities. We all know what it is like to want to attend a conference or training or retreat--or to even be able to take a few days off from work to focus on creating. Our goal is to be able to fund several people a year to do that very thing.
Whether you're an artist, author, crafter, musician, woodworker, or blacksmith--we welcome you!
Our get-togethers are disguised as fundraisers--our main event in 2019 was a bunco night (see Gallery for photos),--but we also like to think of them as "fun-raisers." COVID-19 interfered with our in-person events for 2020 and 2021, but we expect to be back in 2022. Watch for our Annual Bunco Fun Night in mid-September, 2022. Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on upcoming events or look for us on FaceBook.
In a normal year we sometimes are involved in Valley events that help showcase the arts and crafts of our region and encourage people to donate to our organization, such as Art Under the Elms at Lewis-Clark State College. Alive After Five is held on the first Thursday of the month during June, July, and August in downtown Clarkston. Our table is a place where donors vie for prizes such as local author books, artworks, and crafts.
Donation baskets are another way we give back to the community. Subscribers to our newsletter are notified when a donation basket is being collected so that they can donate their books, music, artworks, and crafts to the baskets. Donating to baskets is a way to market your work and to give of your creativity to the people of our community.
Our Mission Message
Our goal is to raise money to support the creative people of our region. For 2021, we hope to be able to provide grants of up to $500 for 1-2 people. As we grow, we intend to provide grants for more people and for larger amounts.
We gave away our first grant of $200 in 2019 to Jaymee Laws, whose wonderful stylistic work is regularly exhibited around the LC Valley. Ms. Laws used the grant to pay for child care in order to complete a project for the YWCA Women's Shelter.
For those who are able, our DONATION button below is where you can help us accomplish our goal. We hope to raise $1000 in 2021, to offer 2-4 grants to individuals. As we are a non-profit organization, your donation is tax deductible.
We thank you for your kind support of our efforts.
Your donations are greatly appreciated, and we thank you!
PO Box 1125
Lewiston, ID 83501
Our annual report is available upon request.