Mission Federal ArtWalk is hosting a Surfboard Art Auction in partnership with Rerip, a nonprofit organization that specializes in repurposing surfboards to minimize waste. The auction will benefit ArtReach, Mission Federal ArtWalk’s nonprofit partner that delivers visual arts education to underserved K-8 schools throughout San Diego County.
The annual event is an evening of live entertainment and art to benefit the ArtReach Free Workshop Program that brings free art lessons to thousands of students throughout San Diego County.
The program gives San Diego fourth- and fifth-grade students an opportunity to design their own unique pair of sunglasses. In the past, Knockaround has selected a single winning design to be produced and sold on its website, but this year, the company is expanding the initiative to include three winning designs. This year’s sunglasses became available for purchase on Monday, May 7, at Knockaround.com. As always, 100 percent of Class Acts proceeds will be donated to San Diego County elementary schools through Knockaround’s charitable partner, ArtReach.
Hundreds of 4th and 5th-grade students all over San Diego competed for a chance for their sunglasses designs to be turned into pairs and sold for a good cause.
The company Knockaround hosted the contest, with 100 percent of proceeds from sales of the shades going to ArtReach, which helps bring art programs to underfunded K-12 schools.
When school budgets are cut, arts are often the first program to go. To address this ongoing and ubiquitous issue, sisters Judy Berman Silbert and Sandi Cottrell founded ArtReach in 2007, which today provides free and fee-based supplemental art classes — with the help of a small administrative staff and eight teaching artists — to 26 K–6 schools countywide, or more than 30,000 local youth to date.
Maybe it is the simple joy of opening a new box of crayons. Or the triumph of drawing a horse that really looks like a horse. Maybe it is the feel of clay in their hands or the satisfying splat of paint hitting paper.
Learn about the Knockaround Sunglasses and ArtReach collaboration called “Class Acts,” and meet Lilli Hayes, this year’s winning student designer.