As we conduct our Annual Review, coalesce feedback and finalize numbers, it’s been truly remarkable to take a look at what IPaintMyMind accomplished in 2019.
There are some great metrics for our mission that we’re happy to boast about, but as we reflect a little more on the artists, the clients, the schools, the kids, the teachers, and all of you, who contributed to raise IPMM’s game to a new level, it’s hard not to focus on a few stories of connection & creativity that are emblematic of a great year and job well done.
The story that comes to mind immediately is of Sam Kirk’s Artist Workshop at Bateman Elementary School in May 2019. The kids had studied her work, reviewed her prints in their in-school gallery, and were so excited to meet her. Together, they made a mini-mural, chatted about her work and techniques, and asked all kinds of awesome questions.
Sam was asked by 2nd graders “do you have merch?” with other incredible comments ranging from “this is the best day ever” to “she looks like me!” Our commitment to expand the Artist Workshop component of our Shared Walls Program resulted in amazing experiences for everyone involved.
In the coming days, we’ll release our Annual Report Infographic, which will speak to our drastic increase in programs, revenue, impact, relationships, reach, and quality in 2019. Exciting stuff, indeed.
It certainly was our best and most impactful year yet, and we’re super excited for what 2020 has in-store. Stay tuned for the launch of some cool new projects and the growth of our hallmark art exhibition program, Shared Walls.
If you’d like to help us bring engaging art experiences to underserved yet incredibly deserving communities, we’d love your support in the form of a donation.
Help us bring art to the people. Help us build a more creative future.
Evan La Ruffa
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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