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Inspire Your Heart With Art Day - January 31st

Recognizing the value of art to the heart, mind and soul.

Whether it's dancing to you favorite song, relaxing to classical music or taking the time to express yourself creatively through drawing, painting, crafting or whatever engages the left side of your brain, we've all experienced the healing power that exists when we're exposed to, or immersed in, something artistic. We know it makes a difference in education; that it's good for us even if we can't express how or why; that we'd be far worse off without it.

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” -Thomas Merton

For those who have been to our warehouse over the past 3 years, you may have noticed that our décor has included a wall of wonderful paintings for sale. To acknowledge the "Inspire Your Heart With Art Day" this year we would like to share the story of the artwork that has graced our warehouse walls and brightened up both the Holiday Wish and Back-to-School Drives.

These art pieces are brought in by a group called Grit Art and Tech Association (GATA) to sell to visitors and volunteers at the warehouse. A portion of all painting sales is donated to our program each season. When you purchase one of the paintings, you are helping multiple organizations and your community.

We spent some time finding out more about this wonderful group to share with you. Dive in to learn more about this creative organization and get inspired!

Colorful creativity by Bay Area students

Q: Tell us a little bit about Grit Art and Tech Association. What does GATA do?

A: Grit Art and Tech Association (GATA) is an art-based non-profit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our volunteers work weekly on paintings which we then sell and donate the profits to other non-profit organizations, such as FGT.

Q: How many young artists do you engage with in your program each year and where do these artists come from?

A: Currently, we have about 20 youth artists in the program. We mainly recruit the youth members from local communities in the Bay Area.

Q: Why is art so important to your community?

A: Art plays a large role in our community because it can influence societies. Art is everywhere. Art is also a way of documenting cultural events at the moment.

Q: How did you first become involved with Family Giving Tree?

A: We came to know FGT through volunteering at the warehouse for their Holiday Wish Drive.

Q: What do you value most about your partnership with Family Giving Tree?

A: Family Giving Tree allows us to gain a broader horizon, more exposure for our community of artists. Through partnerships like the one we have with FGT we are able to help those in need.

Q: Is there anything you would like to share with Family Giving Tree's donors and supporters who have seen or purchased art from GATA?

A: GATA youth members have done amazing work to create those fantastic art entries. The works these young artists have produced is so impressive and unbelievable. GATA members are proud of the contributions they can make to the society.

To learn more about Grit Art and Tech Association, or to get involved, visit their website at gritat.org/

Granting Wishes For Joy And Learning To Those In Need.



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