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December 2010
Dear Starting Artists Family,

The holiday season is here, and we are feeling thankful to have so many supporters & friends in our community here.  Let's make our last month here at 211 Smith Street a celebration of the past 5 years and a chance to connect with friends both old & new.  Read on to learn about all the opportunities to get involved with SA this month!

Announcements from the Community Meeting

MarcusThank you to everyone who attended the Community Meeting on November 22 and to those who read Marisa's follow-up email.  For those of you who missed it, Starting Artists is saddened to announce that we will not be providing programs during the spring of 2011. 

The organization will not dissolve and we will continue to answer emails and act as a resource for students.  But in January, we will be going a hiatus due to three main factors:

 - Our lease here at 211 Smith Street is up and we have not yet found a donated space to become our new home.

- Several of our funding sources have unfortunately cut funding because of the economy and we have not been able to make up the lost revenue.

Our Executive Director, Marisa, has decided to transition out of the organization because she and her husband will be joining the Peace Corps next summer and serving as volunteers for over 2 years in Central or South America.  Congratulations to Marisa & Paul - we look forward to hearing all about your adventures and good work abroad!

To read Marisa's detailed message to the SA community, please click here.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email Lacey or Marisa for more information.  Read on for more resources for students and for opportunities to get involved and say good-bye for now to SA.

Art Programs Resource Guide for Students

CairaDuncanSince SA will not be offering services this spring, we put together a guide of local art programs and contests to help students and parents who may be looking for a new art class or after-school activity.  Please visit our Art Programs Resource webpage or email Lacey to receive an electronic copy of the guide.  We hope that you will find a program that you love and are always available for guidance or advice as you select one!

Farewell Finale & Gallery Show @SA, Dec. 16!

Gallery ShowAs you know, the end of December will bring a close to Starting Artists's doors.  Please join us for a celebration of Starting Artists that will truly be the culmination of 5 years of programs and hundreds of starting artists' hard work & creative energy!  We want to go out with a bang - so bring your good cheer & happy SA memories, connect with friends both old & new, and view artworks created by current SA students this fall.  Our students in the Afterschool Program have been working hard all semester, learning new programs and techniques to create works of art and to stretch themselves as artists.

What: SA Farewell Finale & Gallery Show
When: Thursday, December 16
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Where: Starting Artists, 211 Smith Street

211 Smith Street: Packing and Tag Sale

Cupcakes PhotoIt's always hard to say good-bye, but it's even more difficult to pack!  As you all know, cleaning and packing all of our supplies here at 211 Smith Street will be a challenge.  Please roll up your sleeves & volunteer your time as we pack up the studio and move everything out - your efforts will be much appreciated!

Another way to help is to shop our Tag Sale!  As we pack and move, we will be selling much of SA's equipment that is too difficult to move or store.  Here's your chance to take a piece of SA home with you or to snag some art supplies, furniture, or office supplies at a great price!  Email Lacey if you are interested in a particular item, or browse during our packing hours.

Sign up as a volunteer and/or shop our Tag Sale on:
* Friday, December 17th from 2pm - 7pm
* Saturday, December 18th from 12pm - 5pm
* Sunday, December 19th from 12 - 5pm

Stay tuned - we may add additional packing hours if needed.  Thank you!

Thank YOU for reading and supporting SA!

Take care,
Marisa & Lacey