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Wednesday, Apr 13 2011
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Art changes lives, and ArtSeed can prove it. The local nonprofit group provides access to its roster of innovative programs to all, but it especially concentrates on underserved, at-risk youth throughout the Bay Area. Offering more rigor than the typical drop-in museum art-making session, ArtSeed teachers train students on a variety of techniques in their classes as well as practicalities like preparing for an exhibition. The organization also arranges apprenticeships with practicing artists, the better to show young people how art can be integrated with life. To help raise money for their programs and scholarships ArtSeed hosts its third annual Art-a-Thon, a 10-hour festival of creativity for artists and families alike. Register ahead of time and gather pledges, or just show up at the door. Then clock how many hours you can make art. Stop by any number of the stations staffed by volunteer instructors for activities such as T-shirt stencils and henna tattoos, and bring supplies for impromptu collaborative projects, too. You might find yourself working on a spray-paint mural, casting your hand in plaster, or creating a Dada-esque collage. Musicians Emily McLean and Stringer Belle offer aural inspiration, while refreshments fuel the creative process. At the end, the work is displayed in a casual on-site show, and awards are handed out. Take home the prize for Judge's Favorite, or just bask in the glow of having supported an awesome cause.
Sat., April 16, 10 a.m., 2011

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