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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

August, 2005

 

Canal Alliance Helping Youth Expression

Support sought for program that helps youth express
themselves and their community
In 2005, Canal Alliance, a multi-service community agency serving the Canal District in San Rafael, launched an exciting new project: the Youth Art Mural.
Sausalito artist, Bonnie Metzger, is dedicating her time and talent to support two young Canal artists in the creation of the 18' x 4.5' mural in six 36^2) x 48^(2) panels, that will cover an interior wall in the main office of the Canal Alliance main building at 91 Larkspur Street.
One high school and a San Francisco Art Institute college student bring to the mural project their unique experiences as immigrants, their struggles once here and their current success as young and talented artists.
The theme of the Mural depicts a healthy Canal community that incorporate the Canal Alliance's four goals for the community: Economic Vitality, Health Equity, Civic Leadership, and Educational Equity.
Art is critical to uplifting the spirits of a community and bringing it together. The goal of the mural is to inspire the 8,000 plus community members who seek support from Canal Alliance annually, to identify with the artists' visions depicted in the mural and to work hard themselves to realize a healthy Canal community.

Supporting the Canal Alliance Youth Art Mural
With support, the Canal Alliance will be able to pay each artist a stipend for his or her hard work creating the mural this summer. The Canal Alliance is a third of the way to reaching its fundraising goal of $10,000 to cover art supplies and youth artist stipends.
To date, the mural project has generated interest and support from individual donors who understand the importance of supporting a positive art project in a financially challenged community.
One such story is the generosity of one donor, Star Lee. Lee is a former Bay Area resident who is currently residing in Vermont with a generous caretaker-family she met online while networking with others suffering from a debilitating muscle/nerve disease. Lee is a friend of Project Director Bonnie Metzger.
The 33-year-old woman is a wonderful example of how inspiring a community art project can be and how every donation has an impact. When one of Lee's four caregivers gave back her paycheck as a way to "do good in the world," Lee, who exists on disability payments alone, chose to donate the money to the Canal's Youth Art Mural Project rather than keep the money for herself.
In turn, the artistic team has incorporated Lee, who uses a wheelchair, and her attendant into a protest within the mural, showing the disabled community working for equal rights. This image represents the spirit of which the mural project is about.
The Canal Alliance needs the support of the wider community to make this mural project a success and invites potential donors to visit the project by appointment or donating by check or money order to: Canal Alliance, Youth Art Mural 91 Larkspur St. San Rafael, CA 94901 Online at www.canalalliance.org Telephone 415 454-2640, ask for Annie Silverberg.
Checks should be made out to Canal Alliance, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit agency (Tax ID# 94-2832648).

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