|work by Ken Muezenmayer in acrylic|
In 2010, ARTS (Arts for Rural Texas) launched the first ACT International Invitational Exhibition. ACT, Artists Changing Tomorrow, has been developed to sustain and maintain the arts and bring together the people who are interested in maintaining the arts’ ever important cultural contribution. ACT is a prgram designed by and supported by artists, patrons and sponsors that understand the critical need to maintain the arts. These artists and patrons work tirelessly to “pay it forward.” ACT’s purpose is to raise funds to sustain the arts throughout the world. Since 2010, ACT has raised over $100,000 that has contributed to arts and cultural events for over 6000 children and adults.
We often say the arts are a universal language, cutting through individual differences in culture, educational background, and ability. The contributing membership of ACT truly believes this. Learning through the arts not only results in the creation of beautiful works, but contributes to greater academic achievement, higher test scores, and the creative thought that leads nations. As well, art education helps develop a well rounded individual with better communication skills.
The ACT International Invitational Exhibition is held biennially and consists of 100 works of art contributed by artists from across the world. The exhibit and silent auction raises funds that ARTS, a 501(c)(3) organization, uses to expand art education in an effort to offset the cutbacks in art education in schools.
Ampersand is a proud sponsor of ARTS and this event, donating panels for each artist who contributes their work. You can view the full gallery of this upcoming exhibition on the ACT 2016 website, and you can join the auction by proxy if you are unable to attend in person.
~Content from the ARTS and ACT websites.
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