Grants Awarded 2018-2019

Our work at River Gallery School is supported by the generous funding of the The Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation and The Thomas Thompson Trust.

Grants from these organizations have helped us create a three-part initiative to reach a wider audience with free classes and workshops:

Part I: Marginalized Communities

We offer outreach classes though the following organizations:

The Root A social justice center providing a physically and financially accessible space in Southern VT for social justice groups to meet AND is a hub for racial justice organizing. The Root prioritizes People Of Color leadership and shifting resources to People of Color-led racial justice work.

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Youth Services Helping families thrive by provide transformative prevention, intervention and development programs for young people and families.

Great River Terrace Brattleboro’s first permanent supportive housing program, established in 2018.

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Part II: Brooks Memorial Library

We offer free drop-in workshops at the public library with no registration required. Participants are invited to play with lots of beautiful materials and art supplies and make their own books to take home. Each workshop will introduce a new kind of handmade book. Suitable for older children and adults. No previous experience is required.

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Part III: Caregivers FREE Workshops and Classes

A series of free workshops for area caregivers. These accessible art sessions are designed to provide a relaxing, fun, and creative break for people who spend so much of their time and energy caring for those in need,be it children or adults with special needs, aging parents, or partners with failing health. Personal and professional caregivers are welcome.

Caregivers.poster printBeing in the healing professions can be very rewarding, but it can also be exhausting and draining. We give so much to others and are often faced with difficult stories and situations, leading to burnout and compassion fatigue. In giving so much to others, most healing professionals don’t prioritize their own self-care. But self-care is essential if we want to be able to continue helping others, as well as have lives of passion, joy, and fulfillment.

Connecting with personal creative energy through making art is one way that caregivers can practice self-care and renew their spirit as a healing professional. Making art, especially with an attitude of mindfulness, can give caregivers a chance to set aside their stress, immerse themselves in an activity that is both relaxing and challenging, and rediscover the joy of making something by hand.

Even for those that don’t think of themselves as an artist, making art can have significant benefits. Research has shown that creating art, regardless of skill level, can significantly reduce stress levels. Art can provide a way to be more in touch with emotions and inner wisdom and a safe outlet for expressing those emotions. In addition, different forms of art making exercise different parts of the brain, helping us to be more balanced and to strengthen underutilized ways of processing information.