We did it!
November 26, 2017
BENEFITING: Painted Brain
EVENT DATE: Aug 15, 2017
From the heart of Los Angeles, Painted Brain creates lasting community-based solutions to mental health challenges and the impact of social injustice through arts, advocacy, and enterprise. We take an innovative approach towards the challenges to mental health, and provide a safe place for anyone with mental illness to socialize and let their creativity and emotions out through art activities, poetry sessions, coding workshops, and much more.
Many of our paid staff have been labeled as mental health clients and have broken the mold by finding gainful employment. We believe that by erasing the stigma associated with mental illness, we can break old boundaries, flip over the grim stats around successful recovery, and support successful re-entry into the working world.
Our beloved community center closed in July so that the building can convert to apartments. The same month, we achieved a milestone by becoming a 501c3 nonprofit. We have a solid plan for growth in our delivery of cool arts services to mental health agencies and the County of Los Angeles, but we still need funding for a new home. We need to find a new home to continue to offer programs and activities freely to the community, as we have for years. Such an office space will be a solid bedrock upon which to build a thriving supportive community within the larger community of LA.
Our intention is to create a ripple effect by bringing the much-needed social dimension into the mental health system. Our goal is to raise $60,000 by October. This will cover the the operating costs to manage our expansion. This will also cover the costs of leasing a new space for our community center and office.
Please help us spread the idea that mental illness is NOT wrong.
Please help us spread the idea that mental illness is not a life sentence, and help us prove that it can be leveraged towards a successful career and fulfilling life.
Please help us introduce our program to those in need of acceptance and community support for mental illness.Please help us maintain our programming, like tech skills training, super cool arts activities and peer-run groups.
Please help us create more success-stories for people rising from the bleakness of diagnosis to success.
Help us make meaning out of the experience of mental illness.
Your help will be deeply appreciated not only by Painted Brain members, but by all those now suffer in silence right now.
$20 - supports a group leader to run one activity
$40 - brings art supplies to a housing facility for a month
$90 - brings an art group to a homeless drop-in center
$100 - puts a digital camera in the hands of a painted brain photographer
$120 - sponsors a speakers bureau talk for high school students
$250 - Adobe Creative Cloud access for our media team for a year
$500 - brings four sessions of coding training to a homeless drop-in center
$1,200 - trains one coder for job-readiness
$2,000 - employs halftime a peer leader for a month
$4,000 - prints one issue of painted brain magazine
$6,000 - launches our t-shirt printing business
$8,000 - creates a 1200 sq. ft arts studio
$12,000 - stocks an 800 sq. ft. production studio