Paint for a Purpose raises grants for students

A group of art lovers is raising money to help Portland students realize they can make a difference. “When people start seeing the artwork, they get inspired and they think it’s fun, then when they hear how it feels, then it’s like yeah, now I really want to buy it It’s the extra umf,” said Tina Edwards of Paint for a Purpose. Edwards is a former teacher and youth philanthropy grant writer who founded the organization in 2009. “Part of it was the funding grants for kids, but it was also to have a community of painters who could make a difference and we have great camaraderie and teamwork going on,” Edwards said. Up to 17 members come together a times a week, in person or virtually to create artwork that, by selling, helps fund student-initiated community service projects.Each year, the group solicits ideas from children of all ages of the Portland School District, then awards more than a dozen grants of up to $500. world and when you start hearing what kids want to do to make this world a better place, you have hope,” Edwards said. buying ng school equipment, building community gardens and repairing neighborhood playgrounds. They awarded nearly $4,500 to the students. “Adults believing in kids by giving them money is a powerful statement and it’s always been part of why I love doing this. We believe in their idea,” Edwards said. They tout their artwork as whimsical, mostly colorful lobsters, fish, and garden polls. Most of the artwork is sold on the band’s website, PaintingforaPurpose.net.

A group of art lovers is raising money to help Portland students realize they can make a difference.

“When people start seeing the artwork, they get inspired and they think it’s fun, then when they hear what it’s for, then it’s like, now I really want to buy it. It’s the extra umf,” said Tina Edwards of Paint for a Purpose.

Edwards is a former teacher and youth philanthropic grant writer who founded the organization in 2009.

“Part of that was funding grants for kids, but it was also to have a community of painters who could make a difference and we have great camaraderie and teamwork,” Edwards said.

Up to 17 members meet once a week, in person or virtually to create artwork that, by selling, helps fund student-initiated community service projects.

Each year, the group solicits ideas from children of all ages in the Portland School District and then awards more than a dozen grants of up to $500.

“They have some really wonderful ideas and you know you can be very disillusioned in this world and when you start hearing what kids want to do to make this world a better place, you have hope,” Edwards said.

Over the years, Painting for a Purpose has awarded over 100 grants that have contributed to a variety of projects, including purchasing school equipment, building community gardens, and repairing neighborhood playgrounds.

They awarded nearly $4,500 to the students.

“Supporting students with these service programs is really important, so it’s not just the schools but it’s the community as well,” said Jen Lapham.

“Adults believing in kids by giving them money is a powerful statement and it’s always been part of why I like doing this. We believe in their idea,” Edwards said.

They feature their artwork as whimsical, mostly colorful lobsters, fish, and garden polls.

Most of the works are sold on the group’s website, PaintingforaPurpose.net.

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