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4/30/2012 8:01:00 AM
SVAC tour supports art students

This year's Open Studios Tour and Season, sponsored by the Sedona Visual Artists' Coalition (SVAC), will kick off on the weekend of May 5-6. All 28 participating SVAC artists are looking forward to welcoming the public into their spaces during this free event. Even before the event begins, however, it is already making a big difference in our community.

One objective of the event is to raise funds for much-needed art supplies in Sedona's elementary schools. In recent years, budget constraints have caused large shortages of these supplies, making it difficult to conduct art classes at the grade school level. To keep the programs going, dedicated art teachers have sometimes had to step in and pay for supplies out of their own pockets.

Now that SVAC's fundraising results are in, the organization is proud to announce that relief has arrived, in the form of two checks for the art programs of the Big Park and West Sedona Elementary Schools.

In an April 9 ceremony at the offices of the Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District, SVAC Open Studios Co-Chairs Julie Ronning Talbot and Fran McNamara and SVAC founder Nancy Robb Dunst awarded the two checks to District Superintendent David Lykins. The donated funds will help the schools cover the costs of basic materials such as paints, canvases, brushes, paper, and other needed supplies.

"If all of our resources working together can ignite the creativity of even one student, then our efforts are well spent," noted Lykins. "Seeing organizations like SVAC step in to help support our programs is very gratifying - it's what our community is all about."

"We're excited about this opportunity to help educate the artists of tomorrow," said Julee Norton-Cohen, president of SVAC. "Nurturing creativity and talent in artists of all levels is central to the mission of SVAC." Norton-Cohen also thanked Dunst for serving as the organization's liaison to the school district.

After the kick-off weekend on May 5-6, SVAC's Open Studios Season will run for the rest of 2012. Most of the participating artists' studios will continue to be open by appointment or on specific days, so anyone who is unable to visit all the studios during the opening weekend will still have many opportunities to meet the artists, tour their working spaces, and see their latest creations.

Brochures with a map of the studios will be available in visitor centers, at many hotels and local businesses, and online at:

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