#GivingTuesday Paint Love Supporter Spotlight : Lydia Mays

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Mark your calendars- Giving Tuesday is November 28th! 

Following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday, (Sunday to rest!) - there is now Giving Tuesday- a national movement to give back to the community by supporting local non profits. To gear up for our Giving Tuesday campaign, we will be highlighting a few Paint Love supporters with #WhyIGive posts. 

First up is Dr. Lydia Mays! Lydia is a Paint Love supporter in every capacity- a donor, artist, and volunteer! 

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Why I Give

I give to Paint Love because they fill a gap in connecting artists to children in schools and organizations. With funding continually cut for Arts in Education, Paint Love illustrates the need for a focus on connecting artists to schools and on a larger scale, points to the need for more funding to honor the Arts.
— Lydia Mays

If funding for the Arts matters to you, too, help us by donating to Paint Love on #GivingTuesday and make sure you leave us a note to tell us #WhyIGive! 

More about Lydia!

Lydia is the founder and CEO of See Beautiful - a philanthropic organization that encourages people to see and create more beauty in the world. This year, Paint Love was also selected as a recipient of a $1,000 See Beautiful Milestone Grant. 

Lydia has brought young members of the See Beautiful Club to volunteer with Paint Love- their favorite is working with the kids at the Ronald McDonald House! 


Lydia is also a children's book author and illustrator and has led numerous projects with Paint Love over the years.

This summer, she taught a book making workshop as part of our summer series at GSU with the kids from Camp Peace at the Women's Resource Center. 

See more of Lydia's past projects making paper flowers with the See Beautiful Club here and Lydia leading 260 kindergarteners in a project modeling illustration styles of favorite children's books here

Paint Love couldn't function without the support of people like Lydia. So from all of us at Paint Love, thanks for your support! 

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Paint Love in Houston

When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston earlier this year and we saw thousands of people being displaced and facing such loss and difficulty, our community's and our country's response was "How can I help?"

At Paint Love, we bring transformational art experiences to children and teens facing poverty and trauma and our team knew the programming and services of Paint Love could be our way of helping. 

We put an ask out to the Paint Love community of "who wants to be involved?" and we got such a supportive response.  After considering the best way to bring what we do to Houston, we decided to follow our own model in Atlanta of connecting artists with nonprofits and see if there were any artists and volunteers in Houston that were interested in service but needed logistical and resource support. 


Through email exchanges with the Houston Arts Alliance, Galveston Arts Center and other great arts organizations on the ground we were connected to Meghan Hendley-Lopez and her husband Felipe (together they run fmhelps.me) who were working to organize artists, mostly musicians at the time, to serve at the NRG center.  From there we started talking about project needs and came up with a plan. 


We decided to take two of our favorite projects from Atlanta that work well with groups of people and foster a sense of community to Houston. 


The first was a portrait partner project created by Joe Dreher (@joekingatl).  We did the project our first night in Houston at NRG and it was such a great success! Five volunteers from Houston came out to support the project. We had a steady flow of children and families throughout the evening. We heard some stories that broke our hearts and were able to hopefully encourage and bring some joy during a difficult time. It was a fun night filled with smiles and great community. We created the following video to send to our volunteers in Houston so they could prepare for the project before we arrived, check it out:


Our second project, which we brought to the Children's Museum of Houston with the help of Jerry's Artarama, Meghan, Felipe, and Andrew Karnavas (of Andyroo and the Andyrooniverse) during their free admission day,  was a collaborative mural project we first did with Paint Love artist Morgan Corbett here. With suggestions from Meghan, our executive director, Julie McKevitt, created a #Houstonstrong skyline design.  We invited 192 children and families to join us in painting the piece together! The mural was a huge success!!



We are honored to have created such wonderful partnerships and for the opportunity to work side by side with community members and artists in Houston!

Campaign Celebration Night at Refuge Coffee

Thank you so much to everyone who came out and celebrated Paint Love with us at Refuge Coffee Co. on July 20, 2017! A special thank you to the amazing musical duo, Jared&Amber who created a magical atmosphere with their performances all night (scroll down for video) and Ellen Gadberry who led an awesome hands-on art activity! (A recent paper making project she taught within one of our programs!) Together they helped us celebrate our community. 

We announced some exciting news during the event.  First, our fundraising campaign has brought in over $19,000 in four weeks with nearly 100 donors!  There is still time to donate here! We also announced that Paint Love will be presenting at the Good Gracious Variety Show on Saturday, August 26th at Switchyards Downtown.  You can learn more here.  

In addition to our partnership with the Good Gracious Show, Monday Night Brewing has generously offered to host Paint Love's Art Auction for free on Thursday, October 19th as part of their $100K in 100 days promotion! (So make sure to SAVE THE DATE!)

Finally, we announced some HUGE news!! Paint Love has been selected by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly for a $10,000 Partner Grant. (GCA is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.)