Lets Go Paint Love in 2016!


It feels like just yesterday that Julie wrote this post about what was in store for 2015. Last year was a big year for Paint Love. Thanks to you, we absolutely blew away our goals. We grew maybe a bit too fast and we learned so much. We learned our message is valuable, our story is meaningful and what we are doing is making an impact. We lost some battles. We fell, we skinned our knees. We cried and prayed and then we worked really hard.

But you were there! You supported us, and folks, the stats are in.

In 2015, You Made All This Possible:

Paint Love Projects

Goal: 24 / Actual: 34

Students Served

Goal: 450 / Actual: 928


Goal: 0 / Actual: 31


Goal: 0 / Actual: 72

Overall, we had 110 volunteers who collectively spent 96 hours preparing for our projects. This included brainstorming the concept and making samples.

Together we had 35 professional artists giving over 90 hours of high quality artistic instruction to Atlanta’s youth.

Not only did you reach out and make 2015 great, you provided an amazing head start on 2016. Our three biggest initiative this year are:



Our entire rent for 2016 was covered by a donor.


College Program

You have funded enough staff hours to make this a reality.



By exceeding our fundraising goals, we are able to sustain our current administrative costs and even grow our event numbers in 2016!


You gave an overwhelming $11,152 dollars to our year end campaign, helping us paint a brighter future. With the matching donation, this adds up to $16,652.


In 2016 we’d like to use your investment in Paint Love to coordinate 45+ Paint Love Projects and serve at least 850+ students. We will be focusing our project efforts on returning to the same groups of children. We’re currently working on ways to evaluate and measure our impact on these groups.

We are so incredibly thankful for your support, your kindness, and pushing us to be better! We can not wait to see what 2016 holds for Paint Love and the incredible children and artists we’ve had the honor of working with this year. Here’s to a brighter future!

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!!

Julie + Mads

Let's Paint a Brighter Future

Introducing ... Paint Love's first video! Our staff and volunteer artists see the magic happen at each Paint Love event, but to have it captured so perfectly on film is truly a gift. Paint Love helps youth in the community face the “heavy” stuff in life. We believe art is therapeutic, emotionally healing, and ultimately transformational.

Sometimes when I feel mad at myself, I would say mean things about myself. Like I’m stupid or I’m ugly, but since we did this Paint Love project, now I think about myself that I’m smart, I’m unique and I’m perfect just the way I am.
— Alyse Stokes, Powder Springs Elementary Student

This year, Paint Love has grown tremendously. To give you some perspective, last year Paint Love hosted 6 events, had 10 artists on the roster and served 111 students.

This year:

  • We’ve hosted 30 events led by professional artist across Atlanta.
  • We currently have 31 artists on our roster.
  • We’ve served over 894 students.

As we kick off our end of year campaign, we are so incredibly thankful for all the supporters who have been with us along the way. We would not be able to reach so many kids without the help from our artists, volunteers and donors. Thank you!

How you can help:

Our goal is to get 10,000 video views and raise $10,000 by the end of the year. We have a donor matching up to $5,500 for every dollar we raise from now until December 31st.

Share our Video.

Download our Social Advocate Pack.

Give towards a Brighter Future. 

Special Thanks to Forage Films, Paint Love artist, Corrie Ladd, Powder Springs Elementary School and Amy Myers.

The Largest Event in Paint Love History: Built for Connection

We are smack dab in the middle of planning our largest event yet! This is a big milestone for Paint Love. We have partnered up with Fostering Together and have the opportunity to host over 100 children and family members from the Georgia foster care system. The event’s theme? Built for Connection. We believe that we are all designed, created and built for connection. What better way to illustrate that than through a collaborative art project?

We’re lucky to be able to partner up with several Atlanta area artists: Mac Stewart, Joe Dreher, Ross Boone, Amy Myers and Sabrina Barilone. All our artists will be teaching a creative technique infused with their personal style. We are structuring the projects in such a way that families can complete a group art project together on-site. Alternatively, families can opt to create individual pieces that will later be joined together to become a unified work of art.

We will have forty art students from Georgia State University assisting with the event, which will be held on the GSU campus on Saturday, October 17th. To maximize the experience of our guests, we need to make sure those volunteers can be spotted quickly! We will be outfitting them in our Paint Love volunteer shirts. We’re still looking for sponsors! A donation of $500 will place your name or logo on the back of our shirts, but sponsorship opportunities start at just $6. If you’re interested in helping fund the event, head over to our donation page or click the button to donate below!

Donate Towards this Event - Built for Connection