Art 4 All faces financial crisisPublished 11:43am Thursday, February 21, 2013
There will be art for none if a local nonprofit doesn’t reach its fundraising goal by the end of March.
Art 4 All needs to raise $12,000 to continue offering its services to the community, and Allysen Walton, mother of owner Hannah Walton, said the trouble is a lack of donations.
“All organizations have dry spells – we’ve just had our share,” Walton said. “We’re just not getting any donations coming in.”
Raising $12,000 would guarantee another six months in operation for Art 4 All, even without any additional donations. The nonprofit faces expenses like $4,000 or more per year for art supplies, $2,600 per year for rent and utilities and other costs for art field trips, website and accounting services and office supplies.
Most art services are offered free.
“(Hannah’s) just trying to help kids who would otherwise not have art classes,” Walton said. “They absolutely love Hannah. She’s created personal bonds with all of them.”
Walton said they have been operating since the first of the year with no donations, paying for expenses out of pocket.
“We’ve been just doing what we can,” Walton said. “A lot of parents have been helping out. We even had a 4-year-old and a kindergartener come in and donate $5 of their money.”
Although Hannah’s “Cup O’ Art” classes are meant to provide money for the nonprofit, Walton said Art 4 All has been unable to promote those classes since it has begun losing money. The nonprofit has also scaled back its free afternoon classes from three per week to two per week and stopped offering both art classes to schools as well as monetary help to art teachers.
“When we get money built back up, we can start back with helping,” Walton said. “$12,000 will help everything be OK. There won’t be any worries.”
Hannah said she hopes the community will donate to keep Art 4 All in business.
“Kids will be sad, and they won’t have a happy place (if Art 4 All closes),” Hannah said. “Then the parents will be sad. There are not enough schools that have art in them.”
To donate to Art for All:
- visit www.art4all.org
- call 855-KID-4-ART
- mail a donation to P.O. Box 895, Alexander City, AL 35011