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Why give? Take it from a donor.

Emily Dennis

Annual Fund & Events Manager

We’re so proud of the artists and programs we support across Washington State, and with national arts funding under threat, artists need that support more now than ever.

But we can’t do it without you.

As we near the end of the year, your gift will have an enormous impact on our capacity to sustain crucial programming for individual artists across Washington State.

But don’t take it from us! New donor, and artist, Kaelyn Langer-Mendonca shares her thoughts below on why it’s so important to support creative communities, and why she shows that support by giving to Artist Trust.

“I recently learned of Artist Trust through a friend, who was a grant recipient this year, when she invited me along to attend the Gather event earlier this month. I was honored to support her work and the larger community of artists in the area.

What struck me about Artist Trust is their unique mission to support the arts by cultivating relationships that allow artists to prosper and grow. At times, the creative process can be isolating, vulnerable, and unfamiliar. Artist Trust makes an intentional commitment to connecting artist with one another and nurtures relationships, partnerships, and friendships. To me, this community piece is the essence of art and the process of its creation.

We are privileged to live in a city where the arts are appreciated and cultivated in a way that allows for creative self-expression. We can always do more to advocate for arts in schools and underserved communities. As an artist myself, it is important that I continue to support a community that has brought so much joy to my life and given me lifelong relationships.”

Kaelyn Langer-Mendonca, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and an arts educator. She primarily works with children to help them explore and present their innate ability to imagine, play, and create characters while supporting social skills and emotional intelligence.