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Art as Expression

A Nationally Recognized Organization …Right Here In Pittsburgh


I am so proud to serve as a board member for Art Expression, Inc. The work they do for students in our schools, children of military families, and homeless children is commendable.  Art Expression has provided programs in school districts and community organizations to over 5,000 children in 5 counties. The programs are taught by Master Degree Art Therapists, designated as Art Facilitators, who work together with school district or community program staff. The programs are held in an inclusive environment, with children of all backgrounds, abilities, and needs. Stick with me, because I’m going to let the children’s words speak for themselves in a moment.

To keep these programs in place and to extend the reach of the Art Expression services, it is, of course, necessary to seek outside support and funding. Today, May 6, 2104 – #14DOG,  is a great day to give to an organization that is making an impact in our communities, and being recognized nationally for its programming. Art Expression, Inc is a 2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit with GreatNonprofits, has received a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award – Certificate of Excellence, and was named a Model Art Therapy Program in K-12 Schools by the American Art Therapy Association, among other awards. But, on to the most important rewards of the Art Expression, Inc (AE) work – the children who participate:


Support the AE mission “To facilitate positive socialization with children and adolescents through expressive art activities in an inclusive educational environment” and go to Choose Art Expression, Inc.

To see the variety of innovative programs AE provides and what makes Art Expression so  special, visit Or, visit the beautifully expressive children’s art gallery.

If you are an Art Therapist with your Master’s, are an interested school district staff, or wish to serve as a member of the Art Expression Board of Directors, please email:


Have a great Day of Giving, everyone! And, express yourself in some artistic way today!


A Great Day for Some Sun

October 3, 2013 1 comment

Be cool with New Sun Rising on Day of Giving.


Seriously. Go grab a beer and meet New Sun Rising (NSR) during Day of Giving. Really? Nonprofit people drink? Well, maybe the cool ones. 😉

Here’s a Day of Giving message from the folks at NSR:

Today is the Pittsburgh Foundation’s annual Day of Giving.  From 12:00 AM until 11:59 PM this evening, all donations of $25 – $1,000 will be matched by a portion of the $750,000 pool from regional funders.
Donating a gift in support of New Sun Rising, and your other favorite nonprofits, is simple.
  1. You must make your donation through the Day of Giving website
  2. Go to the Nonprofit donation page here:
  3. Enter your information including New Sun Rising as one of your nonprofit selections
Please join us for a celebration with free tasty appetizers at Draai Laag Brewing Company from 5:30 – 8:30 PM and make your donation there!  Come meet the members of NSR and learn more about our projects and impact in the community.
Remember, your gift today has a greater impact through the matching pool of funds.  Why wait until the end of the year to make a donation?
Thanks for your continued support!

NSR made it short and sweet in their appeal:

The secret is out.  Pittsburgh is a great place to live, work and create.

What many people don’t realize is the amount of dedication that goes into the rebirth of a City.  Our neighborhoods have become revitalized through the passionate work of grass-roots organizers and visionaries.  One by one, they move projects towards reality while taking us along for the ride.

County-level organic farming initiatives.  One of a kind game and fire arts festivals.  Library services for a deserving community.  A Zombie Opera and Memorial SkateparkMusic camps for under-served youth.  Neighborhood performances and artist gallery events. Interactive community garden healing spaces.
New Sun Rising has been behind some of the region’s most innovative and engaging projects for the past 8 years.  We invite you to meet our new board of directors and projects on Thursday, and learn more about how we are working to help local projects change Pittsburgh for the best.
Come on out to Draai Laag Brewing in Millvale on Oct 3rd and consider supporting New Sun Rising on the Day of Giving anytime that day.  Your donation will have a greater impact and be matched by the Pittsburgh Foundation and other regional grant makers!

Simply Put – Grab a beer and some snackage with New Sun Rising and make giving a Day of Fun!