The Dreaming Zebra® Foundation and Blick announce a new initiative to help the students of Flint, Michigan

 

The Dreaming Zebra® Foundation and Blick Art Materials are joining forces to bring art materials to the classrooms of the Flint Community Schools. Although the water crisis has rightly absorbed much of the government and press attention in Flint, day-to-day problems persist in the city, especially in its schools. One of the most pressing—and one that can be solved directly—is the lack of art materials in Flint classrooms.

Flint spends less than 75 cents per student on art materials per year, and no teacher receives more than $225 a year for art supplies.

 "The materials that we have are so old and brittle that they crumble in our hands,” Flint teaching artist Melissa Leaym-Fernandez told us. “There is no paint or paper, few pencils, no ceramics, and no funds to service kilns or buy art supplies. I have seen what happens when creative connections are made, and light sparks in the eye of a student who has had a real life arts success. It is a powerful and moving moment. This can change lives forever. The arts have that kind of power and I have seen this power at work in my classroom."

Blick is reaching out to its customers at three Michigan locations (Detroit, Dearborn and Royal Oak) to help with materials. Each customer who donates a newly purchased item will receive 30% off a future purchase. The offer is 30% off one item, valid 5/19-5/29, and will only be offered for those donating one or more items to supply drive. Dreaming Zebra is also collecting donations for art supplies at its website: http://dreamingzebra.org/
 
“Blick is proud to partner with Dreaming Zebra® in providing essential art materials for the programs, communities, and children who need it most,” says Bob Buchsbaum, Chief Executive Officer, Blick Art Materials. “Like Dreaming Zebra, we believe in the transformative power of art as a way to learn, heal, and grow. What’s more, art is at the core of a variety of careers such as graphic design, illustration, animation, teaching, and many others. By unlocking a child’s creative potential at an early age, art can provide direction and focus for the future.”

 “Our goal is to reach those children who have the least materially, and who need our help the most,” says Dreaming Zebra® Executive Director Dawne Camera. “Empowering self-expression, the healing power of the arts, and creativity for youth improves graduation rates, builds student confidence, and enhances overall academic performance. Flint students are in profound need, and since our first donation to the program in 2014, we have seen the inspiration, impact and creativity of the students blossom when they are given basic materials to support art education.”

The school district is especially interested in donations of acrylic and tempera paints, drawing pencils and paper, watercolors, palettes, paintbrushes and canvas. The three participating Blick locations: Detroit, 4501 Woodward Ave.; Royal Oak, 28878 Woodward Ave; and Dearborn, 14339 Michigan Ave.

 The art supplies will be used at elementary and high schools that offer visual arts programming in the district. Supplies going to these schools will be used by classroom certified art teachers and a professional teaching artist

"My goal is for every child to become a well-rounded adult and that means quality exposure to the arts on a regular basis,” says Bilal Tawwab, Superintendent of Flint Community Schools. “I enjoyed and looked forward to weekly classes in visual arts and music as a child, and our kids in Flint need those same powerful experiences." 
 


Ways to Help:

• Donate Today! Your contribution will be used to purchase the most needed art supplies for Flint Students.

• Donate art supplies for Flint students at the following Blick Art Materials store locations in Michigan from 4/20/16 to 5/18/16.

Flint Art Program Facts

• 5,800 students in 11 Flint Community Schools
• None of the Elementary Schools have a full-time visual arts teacher
• The average budget for Flint Students is less than $.75 per child, per year.
No teacher receives more than $225 a year for art supplies.

Our Goal:

To increase the average budget per child per year from $0.75 to a minimal $5 per child per year. $20 per child per year would be a more appropriate number to allow for a full range of art activities and experiences.

 

• Your generous gift will transform the lives of children in Flint!
• Your kindness will support spontaneous creativity in the classroom.
• You donation will allow teachers to develop engaging, real art lessons.
• You'll help children find methods to change their lives & work through trials.
• You'll receive a personal thank you from the kids. 

 

 

 

Thank you for supporting Flint students!

 

 

Through your purchases, The LANG Companies, Inc., helps to provide underprivileged children with art and music supplies around the world. Our Coloring for a Cause initiative generates a donation of 1% of the net sales profit from any item in the Coloring Collection to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.

The Dreaming Zebra® Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit encouraging children to embrace their individuality, express themselves creatively and follow their artistic dreams by providing art and music supplies to underprivileged children throughout the world. You can learn more about The Dreaming Zebra® Foundation at The Dreaming Zebra® Foundation.

Thank you for supporting our mission of helping young artists to follow their dreams!

The LANG Companies, Inc. and The Dreaming Zebra® Foundation, joined forces to promote the “#GivingTuesday project”. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), and kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving and philanthropy.

The Dreaming Zebra® Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit encouraging children to embrace their individuality, express themselves creatively and follow their artistic dreams. The Dreaming Zebra® Foundation provides art and music supplies to underprivileged children throughout the world. The LANG Companies, Inc. set out to donate 3% of sales proceeds from Tuesday, December 1st to The Dreaming Zebra® Foundation.

Thanks to your generous support during the #GivingTuesday campaign, we are thrilled to announce your contributions have helped provide The Dreaming Zebra Foundation with the following art supplies and sponsorships:
• 201 watercolor paint sets
• 84 new canvases for children
• Sponsored 9 young artists
• Provided 4 classrooms (up to 576 kids) with crayons, oil pastels and colored pencils
• Sponsored 4 school wish lists (with watercolors, paper, brushes, 6 gallon sets of acrylic paints)
The success of #GivingTuesday is just the beginning of our partnership to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness and giving back to our communities.

Thank you for supporting our mission of helping young artists follow their dreams!

Thank you! 

 
142 children from 4 orphanages participated in Art Day Celebration 2015, a program of Diakonos International, sponsored in part by Dreaming Zebra. With the collaborative effort of partners and supporters like you, and the help of 21 adult volunteers, this year was our most rewarding to date.
 
The Arts curriculum was “Self-Identity in Unity”and the kids created beautiful paintings, jewelry that expressed their personalities, designed their “Identity Logo” on their new backpacks, and created their very own specialty sneakers to wear.
 
Deep thanks to each of you who sponsored a young artist, and to the 
RAOKing community for their generous partnership and support. 
 
* Photo Credits: Sherry Peters, Kiziana Jean-Louis, Denise Teti, Martine Longchamp

 

Meet the Kids: Art Day Celebration 2015 

 

 

Maple Grove students' art used to create national fundraiser

Dreaming Zebra® is pleased to announce our new partnership with World Class Flowers, a unique campaign to fund art and music supplies through the sales of flower bouquets.

Five sixth-grade students at Maple Grove School will see their still-life paintings on display in national retail stores soon. We invited Maple Grove sixth-graders to create still-life paintings of flower arrangements under the guidance of art teacher Cassondra Tinsley. Students studied still-life paintings and looked at real flower bouquets, then designed their own floral arrangements in vases. Each sixth grader in Ms. Tinsley’s art class created an original painting, and their artworks were sent to World Class Flowers for consideration.


Lead floral designer Rob DeBellis used the children's artwork as inspiration to create real bouquets, and selected five paintings to include on the bouquet tags. The five sixth graders whose art was selected to be on the tags are Olivia Aiello, Rebecca Andueza, Nathaniel Gustafson, Julionna Hernandez and Alana Pitts. Art students whose paintings were used as inspiration for bouquets include Kadon Collins, Donovan DeGrande, Easton Lane, Daniel Leontiy, Eliana Sayenko and Marcus Webber.

 

 

 

World Class Flowers introduced Dreaming Zebra® Bouquets at the 2015 International Floriculture Expo in Chicago to enthusiastic attendees. The Expo is the leading trade show and educational program for mass market retailers, retail florists, designers, garden centers and nurseries, event floral designers and other retailers of floral and foliage products. This is where the floral industry meets and grows.

 

ACME Markets First National Company to Feature Dreaming Zebra® Bouquets

Learn more and find ACME store locations.

 

    

Dreaming Zebra® bouquets will be in more stores near you soon. Check back for new dates and locations!

 

 

 

Thanks to the generous support of our friends at Art Collective, Dreaming Zebra® is happy to provide art supplies to Art Beyond Borders-Costa Rica 2014; the trip is an annual volunteer mission led by Atlanta's nonprofit drawchange.org.

Drawchange has a six-year commitment to the children of Fatima School in Cartago, Costa Rica. 2014 will be their 5th year traveling as an organization to bring love, hope, and art to the Diques community. These are children who live in poverty without basic amenities, such as electricity, that many of us are accustomed to in our own lives. It's an honor to be a part of delivering art supplies to these children for the coming school year!

Stay tuned for plenty of photos from the journey!

   

 

 

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On Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Broadway Toyota presented The Dreaming Zebra Foundation with a new 2014 Toyota Sienna as part of Toyota’s 2013 100 Cars for Good program. The keys were handed over to the organization’s leaders during a short ceremony at the dealership.

The Dreaming Zebra® Foundation selected the Sienna, a versatile 8-passenger minivan, to help transport art and music supplies to "low-income schools, art therapy programs, and nonprofit organizations serving children in the community.

Toyota's 100 Cars for Good is a national philanthropy program, in which the automaker gave away 100 cars to 100 nonprofits over the course of 50 days in 2013. Winners were selected each day through public voting on Facebook. 100 Cars for Good is the first initiative that directly engages the public to determine how Toyota’s philanthropic donations are awarded. Complete information is available at www.100carsforgood.com.  Thank you to everyone who voted, cared and helped Dreaming Zebra® succeed in winning our new van!

About Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good Program

Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program awards 100 vehicles over the course of 50 days to 100 deserving nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public. During the voting phase, five organizations are profiled each day on Toyota’s Facebook page, and voters can select two organizations they feel will do the most good with new Toyota vehicles. Voters are able to place two votes per day, each day, over the course of the program at www.100carsforgood.com

PAUL FRANK ARTS ROUNDS UP ART SUPPLIES FOR KIDS NATIONWIDE

Iconic Brand Launches Ongoing Initiative Focused on Arts and Creativity in Schools

Los Angeles, CA (November 12, 2012) –  Saban Brands today announced the launch of Paul Frank Arts, an ongoing corporate commitment to support creativity and fun for kids of all ages through non-profit partnerships and national drives to provide art supplies to schools and after-school art programs.

“The Paul Frank brand is built around artistic expression and rooted in creativity,” said Elie Dekel, president of Saban Brands, “It is a natural extension for us to nurture the talent of young people by ensuring they have access to the supplies and materials they need for self-expression.  Paul Frank Arts allows us to extend both our reach and our commitment.”

The program encourages Paul Frank fans to send new and gently used art supplies in by mail to its non-profit partners The Dreaming Zebra® Foundation and P.S. ARTS, donate funds online or host a fundraiser. The Dreaming Zebra® Foundation will distribute donations to its programs at schools and community organizations across the United States.  Online donations to Dreaming Zebra® will be facilitated through Art Room Aid, an online arts donation portal that is a project of Blick Art Materials. Blick Art Materials is supporting the Paul Frank Art Supplies Round Up by promoting the program and the Dreaming Zebra®/ Paul Frank Art Supplies Round Up Art Room Aid page through online outreach.  Paul Frank will be promoting the Art Supplies Round Up through a $1 per share/ $1 per retweet campaign.  For each Facebook share of our Paul Frank Art Supplies Round Up graphic, Paul Frank will donate $1 to The Dreaming Zebra® Foundation (up to $15,000.)  For every retweet our of message on Twitter, we’ll donate $1 to P.S. ARTS (up to $15,000).

In addition to collecting funds and art supplies online, Paul Frank will be sponsoring art supplies collection drives at major malls and holiday shopping destinations. Sakura of America is helping to kick off our art supplies donations by sending a donation of Cray-Pas® oil pastels to The Dreaming Zebra® Foundation.

The first Paul Frank Art Supplies Round-Up was held yesterday, November 11, 2012, in Los Angeles, as part of P.S. ARTS’ annual “Express Yourself” event, which Paul Frank sponsored.  P.S. ARTS provides art education in the L.A. area.  The event brought together local leaders and influencers and their kids for an afternoon of arts immersion.

The company has previously supported creativity through its “Paul Frank Art Attack” annual art and design competition which awards $12,000 in scholarships to young artists and art students.  The expanded program will feature a year-round focus on creativity, the arts and music, with more new programming coming in 2013.

For more information about Paul Frank Arts, the Paul Frank Art Supplies Round Up, or to make a donation, please visit: www.paulfrankarts.org. 

About Paul Frank

Acquired in 2010 by Saban Brands, Paul Frank began in 1997 as an independent accessories company in a Southern California beach town. The brand has steadily grown to become a globally recognized, iconic brand that features artistic and entertaining designs inspired by a love of avant-garde, modern influences and everyday objects. By creating relationships through exciting collaborations and strategic licensing partnerships, Paul Frank merchandise includes apparel and accessories for all ages, books, stationery, eyewear, home décor, bicycles and more. To see what’s new and exciting at Paul Frank, visit www.paulfrank.com

About Paul Frank Arts

At Paul Frank, art, music and creativity are everything!  We are so lucky that we are able to be creative and fun every day.  We started Paul Frank Arts to give some of that creativity back to our friends.  We host fun and cool art contests and activities that inspire artists, like you, from all disciplines and ages.  We created Paul Frank Art Attack, an annual art scholarship competition, and The Paul Frank Art Supplies Round-Up, a nationwide art supplies drive for kids. Learn more: www.paulfrankarts.org 

About Dreaming Zebra® Foundation

The Dreaming Zebra® Foundation is a (501)(c)(3) charity providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts. Dreaming Zebra's Community Art Recycling Program provides access to art and music supplies for thousands of children, schools, art therapy programs and community organizations throughout the United States.  In 2011, Dreaming Zebra® provided free art supplies, musical instruments, and public art experiences to more than 50,000 young artists -- children who otherwise might not have experienced the joys and benefits of an art education. Learn more at: http://www.dreamingzebra.org/ 

About P.S. ARTS

P.S. ARTS provides high-quality California Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) standards-based education in music, dance, drama and visual arts for low-income, ethnically diverse children who attend public schools in the Los Angeles Unified, Lawndale Elementary, Lennox, Reef-Sunset, Santa Monica/Malibu Unified, and Wiseburn school districts, where arts programs have been reduced or eliminated. Currently, P.S. ARTS serves more than 12,000 K–8 students in 30 schools and 4,500 students through strategic partnerships.  In addition to instruction, the Organization provides support for visual arts exhibits, public performances, field trips and professional development workshops for classroom teachers and teaching artists. Learn more at: http://psarts.org

 

About Art Room Aid, A Program of Blick Art Materials

Art Room Aid was created in 2009 by Blick Art Materials. As a company focused on educational and professional art supplies, Blick has also consistently supported arts education in diverse ways. Whether sponsoring art scholarships or creating lesson plans that address national standards of learning while easing the burden on busy educators, Blick understands just how important collaboration is. Blick is a family-owned company that began at Mr. and Mrs. Blick’s kitchen table in Galesburg, Illinois, 100 years ago.  If you’re an art educator, Art Room Aid provides the tools to easily share your dreams and funding needs without complicated applications or fees that take away from contributions. If you’re an arts advocate you can quickly locate a project that resonates with you and make a high-quality contribution that will go directly to a project in need. When you become a part of Art Room Aid, either as a project leader or as a sponsor, you’re joining a larger community and taking part in a conversation that goes far beyond the classrooms and community spaces where essential creative learning is taking place every day.

 

About Sakura of America

Sakura of America empowers individual expression and artistic excellence through the development of writing instruments & art materials that are technologically superior, innovative, safe & affordable.  As the inventor of oil pastels and gel ink, every product is produced with Power To Express™ motto in mind.

We're proud to announce our new partnership with The Grace Project, a charitable arts education outreach program serving the community of Vancouver, WA. GRACE acts as a creative outlet for at-risk, underserved, and homeless youth ages 1-21 by providing workshops, facilitated art times, and art shows for the purpose of building confidence and encouraging self-discovery.


The GRACE (Grass Roots Art for Creative Empowerment) Project evolved over several years of considering the needs of youth in the community. "The Grace Project has been developed because art has enriched my life," says founder & professional photographer Anni Becker, "and because I have experienced the impact it has on youth and adults." Research indicates that creative expression can build confidence, strengthen self-esteem, improve group participation, and build skills. GRACE is committed to these outcomes.

GRACE recently provided a five-week series for residents at Open Family House Shelter, and will be teaching stained glass art, poetry and creative journaling in two more local teen shelters, Yellow Brick Road & Vida's Ark.

With art materials provided by DZF and local businesses, GRACE connects local artists with at-risk youth who seek opportunities for creative expression & are interested in learning how to produce art. Primary activities will include art workshops led by local artists and poets, the creation of a zine, art shows in local galleries, and access to a variety of visual art projects including collage, painting and drawing.

 

Service Area:  Clark County
Contact:  Anni Becker
Phone: (360) 609-3552
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Donations Needed:  Cash contributions, Digital Cameras

Dear Friends,

Join us in celebrating! You may have heard the inspiring news that the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a resolution designating the second week of September as Arts in Education Week to promote and showcase the immense role arts education has in producing engaged, successful, and college-and career-ready students. The resolution states:

Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.

This resolution is the first Congressional expression of support celebrating all of the arts education disciplines - dance, music, theater and visual arts, and seeks to support the attributes of arts education that are recognized as instrumental to developing a well-rounded education such as creativity, imagination, and cross-cultural understanding.

A Few Great Ways to Support Arts Education This Week:

  • Donate art supplies. Pick up a tube of acrylic paint, the most-needed art supply for children and young adults.  $3-5 average cost. Send your supplies in to Dreaming Zebra®, or visit our Blick ArtRoom Aid List to order online, and we'll we'll deliver your donations with hands-on impact to students in need today.
  • Make a contribution to ship art supplies to a school in need, or repair a band instrument. Your $25-100 donation enables the shipment of critical art supplies to worthy students in underserved areas, and/or helps to repair band instruments for young musicians who might otherwise not experience music education in 2010.
  • Volunteer. Initiate an art supply or fundraising drive in your home or business.
  • Get Creative. Getting involved means getting inspired, and engaging our creative dreams.  Unleash your artistic impulses this week in celebration of what Arts Education means to you and it's vital role in the educational system and in our community. Make art.
  • Commit to An Act of Giving. Take an action that you feel is a commitment to Arts Education; however big or small. Follow your muses, and do something that you connect with personally to support the cause.

We look forward to enjoying a National Arts Education Week 2010 that not only galvanizes Arts Education awareness, but also inspires arts and culture supporters across the nation to get involved and lend a helping hand, whether it be by donating a paintbrush, contributing to a worthy local arts group, or enjoying special time creating art for the sake of creating art.  This is a week to give to Arts Education, and we thank you for supporting the Dreaming Zebra® Foundation.

Donate Now in Support of Arts Education Week!

 

Meet Georgia’s McNair Middle School band ‑ so underfunded its members make do with partial, even imaginary instruments

For the McNair Middle School Band, the help of DZF and its supporters would be music to the ears of 100 deserving 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. This Title 1 school, located in one of the poorest parts of inner-city Decatur, Georgia, provides no annual budget for the school band, leaving over 1/3 of the band members without access to instruments. Instructor Thomas Russell has devised ingenious strategies for getting  instruments to the McNair Band’s poorest members, but some are still left behind. Russell says that many children learn on broken instruments or pieces of instruments, while in one class the members of the clarinet and trombone sections learn to play by pretending to hold their instruments and trying to keep up with the rest of the band.


Russell has witnessed the steady decline of the community around McNair: “Years ago most of the students with economically stable families moved out to the area to form new schools on the rim of the county, leaving our area with many students in need.” He adds that the band and music education classes offer kids a chance to use their energy and creativity constructively, but “ I fear their dedication will diminish as it has for many other students because their desire to play an instrument is going unanswered.”

While DZF receives many heartrending requests from schools and other organizations, and has the privilege to help many of them, this request stands out. Russell estimates that $100,000 is needed to provide a proper stock of instruments for the band, but an initial grant of $4000 would serve to repair the band’s existing instruments so they could be played again, and be a wonderful step in the right direction.

To help the McNair Middle School Band today click here. Please write "McNair Middle School" in your donation description.

Instrument Repair Initiative gives instruments new life in the hands of young musicians

Clarinets, guitars, flutes, and other donated musical instruments sit in DZF’s storage space, while members of  the McNair Middle School Band (see above) and others like them wait for instruments to help them learn the joy of musical expression. What’s keeping these instruments out of the hands of the kids who need them? In many cases simple repairs, such as replacing pads, restringing, and refurbishing are all that’s needed to make used instruments playable. But repairs require cash donations, which is where Dreaming Zebra Foundation and its supporters come in. Our Instrument Repair Initiative, launched in early 2010, seeks cash donations to repair existing instruments and help us fulfill requests, as well as creating a fund to repair future donated instruments. Any amount you can give will help us realize our goal of finding homes for all of our donated instruments, while enabling music programs across the country to bring music to their communities.

To donate please visit http://dreamingzebra.org/donations.html

About the 2009 Youth Thrive Awards

Press Release

The awards were hosted by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user-generated ratings and reviews of nonprofits, VolunteerMatch, DoSomething.org, and Guidestar. Over the course of the Youth Thrive Awards, more than 93,000 people visited the GreatNonprofits Web site, and 3011 reviews were posted about more than 300 nonprofits serving youth.

Reviews appear on GreatNonprofits.org as well as GuideStar.org, the premiere source for donor research on nonprofits.  Nonprofits with the most positive reviews in their region and budget category were determined the winners of the 2009 Youth Thrive Awards. Those who submitted reviews were eligible to win prizes such as a certificate to Birkenstock, Clif Bars, delicious treats from Greyston Bakery and more. Reviews submissions took place from August 1st to October 7th, 2009.

These smiling faces are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to support the theater program at Dominion Middle School - here we see simple materials such as felt and fabrics recycled by members of the community, and transformed into amazing costumes to help the kids get "Seussical!"

Dr. Seuss believes in helping a friend, in not giving up, and in keeping a promise. He believes in the value and dignity of others, in working to preserve the fragile sweetness of the natural world, and he believes that peace is the ultimate ideal, among nations and in every heart. He also believes in the pure power of the imagination. You will find all these serious concerns at the heart of "Seussical." What a fantastic message, and a great production! Congratulations Dominion!

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