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First Artists


From: Roopal Saran (rsaran_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Apr 10 2003 - 08:02:32 PDT

> Hi there,
> I wanted to tell you all about a new nonprofit I am starting called First Artists. First Artists' mission is to inspire creative expression by providing art supplies to children from low-income families. Basically, I work with art supply companies and encourage them to provide me with a discount on their wares. I then start First Artists chapters around the country (there are 10-12 right now) and the chapters do local fundraising and then use their funds to purchase these discounted art supplies and make grants of them to preschool and afterschool programs serving low-income kids. The main art supply company I am working with right now is Sax Arts & Crafts, and they have been absolutely fabulous and generous in their affiliation with First Artists. I am working on connecting with a few more art supply companies so that my chapters have the largest selection to be able to offer to programs in their area.
> If you are interested in learning more about First Artists or in starting a chapter in your community please let me know. I can be reached at
> Thanks,
> Roopal Saran
> Roopal Mehta Saran
> Executive Director
> First Artists
> 1319 F Street, NW
> Suite 1000
> Washington, DC 20004
> Phone: (202) 393-1222, extension 28
> Fax: (202) 628-1258