At Bend Art Center, we see daily examples of art sparking generosity—from artists sharing their craft in the studio, to exhibitors sharing their work with the community, to volunteers and supporters sharing their time and resources. Some, like Jane, do all of the above. 

Sharing her passion.

A studio member for four years, Jane has shared her knowledge with fellow artists and shared her work with the public (you might have seen her prints this October on our Featured Member wall).

This fall, she shared art with students during our fall “Cirque d’ Art” school program. Jane taught elementary students how to ink plates, add texture with bubble wrap, rollers, and chopsticks, and then create one-of-a-kind prints on our presses.

“When I was a kid, the only thing that ‘clicked’ with me was art,” she explains. “It’s magic when I see these kids come in and art lights them up.” Jane also recognizes a more important benefit. “When kids make art, they gain confidence in their individuality, and they become more interested in the world.” She sees art sparking generosity in a new generation. “With art, they learn how to give of themselves.”

The more you give, the more you get.

By giving generously of her time, Jane found more gifts flowing back to her. “When I volunteer, I feel connected to the community,” she explains. “It feels good to know I’m making a difference.” 

The case for giving monthly.

When the studio made an emergency appeal this past March, Jane rose to the call, but she also started thinking about Bend Art Center’s long-term security. So she became a monthly donor.  “Donating monthly as an Art Ally is an easy way for me to make a bigger impact,” she explains.

“If more of us take that step, and donate a little each month, that steady trickle makes all the difference.”

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a day to give back. Says Jane, “Our community is a creative, vibrant place, but that’s only because people have given their time, their vision, and their support to the arts. The arts will always need us, and when you give to Bend Art Center, your gift touches everyone.”