Art-a-thon 2011

Thanks for making the Art-a-thon a success!

We’d like to thank everyone who helped make the 2011 Art-a-thon so much fun for everyone. We’ve posted some photos so you can reminisce and get inspired for next year!

Its not too late – even though the 2011 event has passed, you can still Sponsor an Art-a-thoner!

ArtSeed’s 3rd Annual Art-a-thon – You are invited!

What: a fun and festive 10-hour art-making marathon.
Why: To raise funds for ArtSeed’s Apprenticeship Program, Summer Fine Arts
Intensive and scholarships for youth from Bayview Hunters Point.
Who: Open to everyone – all ages and skill levels.
When: Saturday, April 16 2011, 10am to 8pm, come for any duration
Where: Thoreau Center’s Acre Café, in the Presidio. 1013 Torney Ave,
San Francisco, CA. Free Parking and entrance is at the rear of the building.
Look for balloons! (Map)

Event Info:

How does the ArtSeed Art-a-thon fundraiser work?
On April 16th, participants are challenged to create for as long as they can. In order to raise
funds to support ArtSeed’s education programs, participants register with ArtSeed and collect
pledges of sponsorship from friends and family for each hour they spend making art.
If you want to sponsor yourself that is fine too! No amount is too small to participate!
New this year: We are asking local businesses and individuals to sponsor registered participants
(especially youth participants) as well – that’s more incentive to stay the whole 10 hours!

What can I expect on event day?
Participants may come at anytime and stay for any duration between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on
April 16th. There will be plenty of work space indoors (and outdoors if the weather permits).
Art-a-thoners can bring their own projects to work on or take advantage of the various
stations with guidance and art supplies. Throughout the day there will be live music,
refreshments and guest artists. Friends and spectators are welcome!

The event will culminate in the last hour at 7pm with a festive exhibition of art work made that day,
and prizes awarded. Prize Categories will include: Audience Choice for Adults and for Youth.
There will also be raffle prizes. For every $5 donated collected in pledges will get you one
raffle ticket for a variety of prizes.

What supplies and stations will be available?
There will be basic supplies for painting, drawing, and collage, plus assorted paper in stacks of ten,
sizes 5 x 7 and 8 x 10. Special stations will include a henna tattooo station, stenciled T-shirt making
station (bring your own plain t-shirt or use ones provided as long as supplies last), faerie making
station lead by ArtSeed’s very own youth board members. Many participants will come with a plan
and their own supplies (silk screen, wood carving, printmaking for example) feel free to make friends
and collaborate or learn a new technique!

Musical guests
(Schedule TBD)
Emily Mclean and Stringer Belle
The Crank Ensemble

More musicians to be added soon!

See Pictures from the 2010 Art-a-thon!

How You Can Participate:

Be an Art-a-thoner: Please Register here and join us on April 16th to test your artistic
endurance and creative stamina while raising money for a good cause. Help collect pledges from
friends and family to support you through this artistic challenge. Although we encourage registering
early, event day registration is also available. No one turned away for lack of pledges or funds.

Invite an Art World Luminary Friend to come observe, speak, pose for drawings,
or read/sign/sell books.

Be a Volunteer: There are many ways to help. Please contact us to join the fun.

Make a Pledge or Donation: pledge for a participant. Click here to search for
a registrant to sponsor.

Pass It On: Forward this to anyone you know who might be interested in creating art,
rubbing shoulders with fellow artists or supporting an amazing grassroots non-profit.

For participants:

Registration Fee: A $15 suggested donation is asked from registrants with the ability to pay.
This will get you access to the entire day of art making, art supplies, refreshments, pizza lunch, raffle and prizes.

Collecting Pledges: Art-a-thon-ers will ask family and friends to pledge at least $1
per hour (or as much as they feel comfortable giving) for each hour that he or she creates art,
A single flat donation of any amount is also welcome. (Each 5 dollars received or pledged to you
will get you a raffle ticket for prizes ranging from gift certificates to art)

This can be done through setting up a free and easy personal fundraising web page to send to
friends and family. Register and create your fundraising page here.You can also collect pledges
with an old-fashioned pledge sheet noting pledge per hour amount and contact info
to be filled out and submitted on event day.

During the event, the participant’s time will be clocked and ArtSeed will then redeem the pledges for
the appropriate amount by sending your sponsors a description of your success.

For questions, comments or to volunteer email event coordinator at

Design by Meegan Barnes

Official Sponsor:

Its not too late – even though the 2011 event has passed, you can still Sponsor an Art-a-thoner!