Art-a-thon a Success!


ArtSeed would like to give a hearty thanks to all donors, volunteers and art-a-thoners for making the 5thth annual ArtSeed Earth Day Art-a-thon another resounding success!

This year, on Saturday, April 20th, ArtSeed hosted artists of all kinds — from beginners to professionals – at the San Francisco Presidio’s Thoreau Center for Sustainability. Compared to previous years, nearly double the number of participants showed up to make art and help raise funds to support ArtSeed’s mission of bringing art-making to youngsters across the city.

ArtSeed provided materials and guidance in a dozen disciplines ranging from oil and acrylic painting and lathe woodworking, to duct tape wallet-making and crystal-embedded plaque-making!. There was live music and food on hand through out the day for participants working in the Center’s long hallways or outside in the sunny lawn. A raffle with prizes donated by a host of community partners highlighted the conclusion of the event.ArtSeed’s fundraising goal was met, meaning that youngsters in places such as the Leola M. Havard Early Education School in Bayview/Hunters Point will continue to benefit from ArtSeed’s programs.

Hats off to our top fundraisers this year:

Overall winners – Gold: Marissa Kunz, Silver: Josefa Vaughan, Bronze: Luned Palmer

Youth winners – Gold: Sydney Van Bueren, Silver: Miles Meadows, Bronze: Baby Annika

For most sponsors – Gold: Josefa Vaughan with 57 sponsors, Silver: Marissa Kunz with 49 sponors, Bronze: Miles Meadows with 22 sponsors

Our top donor/sponsor prize this year goes to ArtSeed’s Board of Director’s President and artist extraordinaire Matt Boris!

A special thanks to the ArtSeed Youth Council members who were joined by a large contingent of volunteers that assisted at the various work-stations and helped plan, set up, and clean up the event. We thank our in-kind donors for providing bountiful art supplies, food and drink, music, raffle prizes, and, not least of all, encouragement for this highly successful marathon event. A list of these generous folks can be found below:

View photos from the event on Flickr!

ART-A-THONERS: (Many Art-a-thoners also put in hours of key volunteer time as noted with an asterisk*) Joseph Aponte*, Matthew J. Boriskin*, Angel Chavez, Peg Conley, Amy Crumpacker, Acoya D*., Jeske D*., Mary Hossfeld, Charles and Annika Houston, Diane Japadjief*, Alexander “Sasha” K*., Jade K*., Dina K*., Vincent Kukua, Karl Kunz, Marissa Kunz, Katie Lam, Christine L., Yoo-Mi Lee, Caroline R. Liddell*, Jazmin L, Bryant L*., Miles M., Kazuyoshi Okamoto*, Luned Palmer, Andrew P*., Austin P*., Kevin Quan*, John Scheib, Todd Standish*, Megan T*., Sydney V.B.*, Josefa Vaughan

VOLUNTEERS:  Tim Abeyta, Charles Boone, Russell Brent, Maria Coomber, Bruce DeMartini, Kirsi Anna-Maria Engels, Chizu Houston, Kathryn Kain, Charles Lemos, Miriam Manda, Malcolm McAfee, Mark Alonzo Miller, Ann Nguyen, Bryan Poli, Megumi Poli, Alexander Standish, Velvet Van Bueren, Maximilien Volckaert

PERFORMERS: Jeske D., William Klingelhoffer, Patrick Maley, The Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert Trio, Devon McClive, Sydney V.B.,

IN-KIND DONORS: Another Café, Artist & Craftsman Supply, Barbra Richardson, BearHug Blankets and Ymke Dioquino, A Child’s Delight, Foothill College Bookstore, Gabriela Hoffmeyer, Harrison House Music & Arts, Hand Touch Nail Care, House of Bagels, Inn at the Presidio, Ka’u Designs, Judy’s Café on Chestnut, Lix Perle, Michael Merrill Interior Design, Ninkasi Brewing Company, Peets Coffee, Photograph and Frame, Sam’s Diner, Senspa, Silver ‘n More, Sports Basement, Starbucks, Terra Mia Ceramic Painting Studio, Village Market, Walnut Cleaners, Wee Scotty Sewing Classes for Kids, Winery SF

ArtSeed is funded in part by the Artists in Schools Program of the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Individual gifts and volunteer time from family and friends like you continue to be our base of support and are an essential ingredient to our success – thank you!

ArtSeed’s mission is to inspire and empower the young or underprivileged to realize their full potential and embrace diverse communities through participation in the arts. Our classes, apprenticeships and collaborative culminating events inspire a life-long love of learning, teaching and working creatively. We do not discriminate on the basis of any disability, race, color, creed, sexual orientation, political party, economic background, national or ethnic origin.