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Community Fund

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Since 2013, Art Force has made contributions to charities or non-profits as a portion of our sales. With over 30,000 of pieces of artwork processed and distributed since inception, the community fund has helped support the organizations listed below along with many others who are partners of Wings: Empowering Health Challenged Artists.

ART FORCE COMMUNITY FUND

In just over three years, we've made over $100,000 in cash donations and other contributions to charity organizations in the Twin Cities

We believe in supporting organizations that help our community thrive. Below you will find a list of organizations who have benefited from the Art Force Community Fund for their uplifting work.

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Bolder Options

Bolder Options provides comprehensive mentoring programs, leadership, wellness activities and more for at-risk youth. Art Force MSP started discussions with Bolder Options in early 2017 to host wellness events from our Northeast Minneapolis office, arts and crafts mentor programs, and more. Stay tuned for updates as our work with Bolder Options takes shape!

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Chairs with Flair

Chairs with Flair was a BRIDGING.org event in July 2016 in the Solar Arts Building. BRIDGING is an organization dedicated to improving lives by providing quality furniture and household goods to those transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. Art Force offered giveaway winners tickets to the event, which gave artists a chance to upcycle furniture that was resold at a silent auction.

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Northeast Dog Parade

As part of our commitment to the Northeast Minneapolis, we supplied The Northeast Dog Parade with some artwork supplies for the parade this year through the community fund.

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Simpson Housing

With a mission to house, support and advocate for people experiencing homelessness, the Art Force Community Fund supported Simpson Housing in 2016 with a donation. Read about it here!

Trinity Sober Homes

Trinity Sober Homes provides quality housing and Catholic faith-based support to recovering alcoholics of all faiths. They deliver effective sober-living solutions by emphasizing spiritual guidance and structured community living in a dignified and respectful environment. For over 30 years, Trinity Homes has successfully helped men, ages 40 and over, rebuild and transform their lives. Art Force provided a cash contribution and sponsored a table for their fall fundraiser.

Hope Chest for Breast Cancer

Hope Chest for Breast Cancer helps families and under-served people touched by breast cancer with support and emergency financial assistance. Whether they are helping pay rent and utilities or providing meal delivery, transportation, screening, or early education, Hope Chest provides much needed assistance to families facing the challenges of breast cancer in the Twin Cities area. Art Force was honored to provide a cash donation to uplift their organization in the summer of 2015.

The Breast Cancer Super Hero Portrait Project

The Breast Cancer Super Hero Portrait Project is a bold new exhibit by Barbara Porwit at Regla De Oro – Art Gallery & Fair Trade Gifts. During Barbara’s reception on Saturday, March 21st, 2015, 10 percent of all purchases at Regla De Oro benefited the Angel Foundation, helping to provide emergency financial assistance, education and support to adults living with cancer and their families. Art Force staff was able to share their expertise for proper art packaging and transportation to the installation location.

Breanna’s Gift

Breanna’s Gift  is one of our favorite non-profit organizations to support. They provide classes in the arts for critically ill children and their families. The program is free to the children and the facilities they visit. A cash donation was made in November that helped cover costs of professional teachers, dance shoes, costumes and art and music supplies.

DesignWise Medical

DesignWise Medical is a non-profit medical technology company that focuses on the design and development of child-wise products that help children live their lives to the fullest. The products they develop are often ignored by others because of limited profit potential. At the annual fundraiser held at Gallery 13,  there was an opportunity for Art Force to donate artwork for auction with the proceeds benefiting DesignWise Medical. Art Force staff also participated in the silent action, submitting winning bids on three items and donating cash.

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS)

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) provide free legal representation and advice to low income people in 33 counties of southern Minnesota.  Priority cases include access to public assistance, obtaining and maintaining shelter, and protection from domestic abuse. SMRLS offers specific projects focusing on education law, fair housing and discrimination, citizenship, and youth victims of domestic violence. For the 2014 annual fundraising event, we donated artwork, art consulting and installation services that were sold on auction with the proceeds benefiting SMRLS. Our staff also participated in the bidding by submitting winning bids for a silent auction item and a live auction item!

Toys for Tots

In December we put together and donated 72 art boxes to Toys for Tots for children ages 3-15. It was fun deciding which materials went in each box, but a lot of work gathering all those art supplies! The boxes were filled with; markers, crayons, watercolors, paint brushes, stickers, coloring books, drawing pads, charcoals, pastels and modeling clay. Everyone at Corporate Art Force helped to put together the boxes and tie them off with pretty ribbons. A great team effort to end the year!

Friends of the Hennepin County Library

Friends of the Hennepin County Library are an active community of supporters that raise funds for books, materials, programs and technology. It is a free after-school homework assistance program. In November, we donated to the Northeast Minneapolis Library’s Homework Help Program. Leslie and Christina met the program director a few weeks later and learned more specifically whom the program benefits. Approximately 69% of the students participating come from families where a language other than English is spoken at home.

The Camden Promise

In June, we were approached by a non-profit in North Minneapolis—The Camden Promise. We were informed of their need for art supplies and a few other necessities. After putting together four Crayola Art Kits and purchasing the other requested items, Kelsey and Christina delivered Art Force’s donation. They met some of the staff, toured the facilities and talked with some of the children in the summer program. Visit www.thecamdenpromise.org to learn more about their many volunteer opportunities!

East Side Neighborhood Services Food Shelf

We donated over 500 lbs of food to the Eastside Neighborhood Services Senior Food Shelf in NE Minneapolis across two separate occasions. They are located just down the block from our office and we thought it would be a great opportunity to help out a local organization. Over the weekend Corporate Art Force employees collected their own personal food donations. On Monday morning Joel and Christina took a trip to Costco to purchase more food. It felt great to give back!

Wings Organizations

Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts

Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts strives to create art that challenges perceptions of disability. In September 2016, Art Force donated three framed pieces from our Wings Suite: Empowering Health Challenged Artists. We were proud to make this donation to help Interact earn critical funds to continue the amazing work they are doing for health challenged artists.

People Incorporated

People Incorporated is an organization serving mentally challenged individuals in our community, providing the support they need to live hopeful, meaningful lives, while promoting and securing independence for their clients. Art Force donated a hanging Rail System, installation of the Rail System and training of staff members for future rail system needs. The rail system will provide People Incorporated an opportunity to showcase the hundreds of pieces of art received each year by Artability participants.

Fraser

Fraser is a leader in autism services and other special needs and has been a beneficiary of Art Force Community Fund contributions.

Midwest Special Services

Midwest Special Services supports adults with intellectual and physical disabilities and helps people achieve their full potential and personal goals. Since 1949, they have helped identify barriers that their participants face by building custom plans to help them overcome barriers.

Children's Hospitals & Clinics

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is one of the leading children’s health care organization in the US.

Partnership Resources

Partnership Resources is a Twin-Cities based non-profit that provides day training and rehabilitation services.  In 2014, they were serving approximately 235 adults with developmental disabilities with varying functioning levels. Partnership Resources believes that each person with developmental disabilities has unique talents and gifts, and works diligently to provide appropriate opportunities for these individuals that allow them to play a respected and valued role in community life.

Their PARTnerships program expands the opportunities of their clients through the arts. The organization works with professional artists and local arts organizations to provide educational programming and artistic experiences for the adults they serve.

The Four Tenets of PARTnerships are:

  • Increase Self-Expression
  • Breakdown Stereotypes and Myths
  • Provide Income Opportunities
  • Add Beauty to the World

Art Force donated the installation of Partnership Resources own rail system and training of staff members for future rail system needs.

Spectrum Artworks

Spectrum Artworks is a program built to support artists living with mental illness.

Ebenezer

Ebenezer, Part of Fairview Health Services, “is driven to heal, discover and educate for longer, healthier, meaningful lives.”

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