Sunshine Arts Foundation Triple Crown Fundraiser
The organization was the brainchild of Ms. Sheila Mogdlin. Sunshine Arts is located at 41 Sunshine Road. Ms. Sheila Modglin started Sunshine Arts in the summer of 2004 when she invited children from the neighborhood to listen to stories as they sat around the fish pond in the front yard. Since then the organization has grown significantly. Now, resident artists Mr. Patrick O’Banion and Ms. Kat Lehmer teach classes to children along with visiting artists.
On Thursday May 16th, the Sunshine Arts Foundation held it’s annual spring fund raiser. The theme of this years benefit was the Triple Crown. Tickets were sold with the grand prize being an all expense paid trip to the Preakness. Along with the raffle there were silent auctions for donated art work created by local professional artists along with work created by the talented young artists who attend the Sunshine Arts workshops. Over $8000 was raised to benefit this non profit organization that provides a safe social setting and free art and music lessons for children who would otherwise have very little exposure to the fine arts.
Celebrate Urban Birds Project, through a grant from Cornell University, introduced young artists to the art of painting birds. Philadelphia artist Robert Bohne´ instructed the class on how to render a realistic image. One student commented she was excited about the workshop but was afraid of birds, what a great way to overcome fears and learn to visually communicate ideas.
“The mission of Sunshine Arts is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to explore their creative expression and to assist them in developing tools that enable them to succeed academically and become constructive members of society.” – Sunshine Arts Mission Statement
The goal of Sunshine Arts is to enhance the education and personal growth of our future generations. Executive director, Sheila Modglin grew up with a very strong sense of community within her family.
“We would do any thing for each other. I want to share the sense of community that I have in my life with all the beautiful people right here surrounding this home. The house itself is a manifestation of living art and was accomplished through hard work from my generous and creative family and friends.”
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