After being in business for 6+ years, we became Great Lakes Art and Gifts, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit Corporation, so we could assist young artists with encouragement and art supplies.
We formed the Sandi Leister Young Artist Fund, SLYAF, to honor one of the original founders of GLAG. Relying on contributions to start feeding the fund, our goal was to display student's artwork, have the public vote for a winner and present gift certificates for art supplies early each year. We were also depending on the voters to make donations to SLYAF for future awards.
The Covid-19 virus took that opportunity off the table for 2020. We will use that money for future awards.
However, we are and in need of operating funds to keep our doors open. After 8+ years of being an Old Town fixture, we really hope we can avoid this. Not only for GLAG, but for the 30+ Lansing area artists who depend on us.