Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel

Fresh Artists

Grant Awarded: $30,410

Fresh Artists is a non-profit organization that supplies innovative art programs and art supplies to severely under-resourced public schools and engages the children being served as full philanthropic partners in the giving process.

Fresh Artists has a simple but unique model that includes children directly in the cycle of sustainable philanthropy. As a “lateral” rather than a traditional “top down” philanthropy, Fresh Artists creates the opportunity for generous children to make a real difference in their world through the donation of their own creative work to corporate sponsors who purchase large-scale prints of the work and display it in highly visible spaces. This model empowers the children and honors their artistic achievement.