Friday, June 29, 2012
Can one person make an impact on the world even if their life was tragically cut short at age 17? Of course, and we can show you in the faces and art work created by 12 young Youth Art scholarship students this year alone...Elisa Older(seen in photo above with her artwork) only tread this earth for a short while but her legacy lives on in each scholarship that we give out.
Elisa took a workshop back in 1996 here at the school that culminated with the mural you see on the outside of our building today. All the students in this workshop had some part in the creation of this mural. Shortly after taking this workshop Elisa was killed in a drunk driving accident.
Her grandmother, local artist Pat Christianson, and her mother, helped create a scholarship in memory of Elisa. This year our newly re-launched Youth Art Program allowed us to give six full scholarships valued at $200 each from the Older Scholarship fund. The other six students were funded by the Carol Peralta Scholarship. Carol's life was cut short by a brain tumor in 2004 but her family also created a scholarship for youth in her memory. Carol's memory also lives on in each scholarship given out.
Won't you help us replenish these scholarship funds by donating to our Youth Art Scholarships? To do so you can call us, 1 866 678 3396 or send us your tax deductible contribution to PNWAS, 15 N W Birch Street, Coupeville WA 98239 and write "Youth Scholarships" on the note line. Or better yet, stop by and visit our newly decorated and expanded Gallery and see Elisa's work up close and see the work by all the other Member artists, including some of our youth art work.