The mission of The Giving Arts Foundation is to unite the arts community to support urgent and meaningful causes locally and internationally.
Who We are
The Giving Arts Foundation is made up of four highly motivated individuals with a passion for using their art to give back. Jesse Smith (President) and Kenny Brown (Vice President) have always had a passion for giving back so it only made sense to create a non-profit. They recruited Frank Engler (Treasurer) and Amanda Stephan (Secretary) to join them on this adventure. Frank is a local graphic designer and Amanda is a local writer both with the desire to help make the world a better place.
What We Do
The vision for the nonprofit is to connect and empower artists in localities around the country to positively impact the community at large. The Giving Arts Foundation will use art to raise awareness and funds for causes that are urgent and meaningful to its members. Artists from varying disciplines will unite for special events and campaigns to generate social and financial support to make an impact. With compassion and perseverance, The Giving Arts Foundation will ignite the skills of artists motivated to make a difference. Together, we’ll create a safer, healthier, and more beautiful community for us all.
The members and community of this new nonprofit have been working together for many years to raise funds and awareness for important and often urgent causes. That includes flash tattoo events for Earth Day, Lyme Disease, sexual assault, and more. In addition, each year, the Live Art for Charity event during the annual Richmond Tattoo, Art and Music Festival brings international artists together to create and auction off their impressive creations. We are proud to have raised thousands to support our community near and far every year and look forward to many more under this unified identity.