Tioga Arts Council & Cops 4 A Cause Deliver Creativity This Holiday Season

12/14/2023

Tioga Arts Council (TAC), and sponsor Cops 4 A Cause, recently distributed 24 free Art Packs to educators representing six schools and one nonprofit agency in and around Tioga County, NY.

TAC works with many educators in the community. Each year, these dedicated professionals see students who have tremendous artistic talent, but cannot access supplies to express their ideas. Teachers will provide materials—often out of their own pockets—to support these students and their artistic visions.

For the past three years, TAC Supporters have made this free Art Pack campaign possible. However, thanks to a friendship between the owners of Cloud Croft Studios and Scott Pauly, TAC found a new partner to help make this program financially possible: Cops 4 A Cause.

About Cops 4 A Cause (C4C)

“Giving back to the communities where we live and work,” Cops 4 A Cause (C4C) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity located in New York State comprised of a group of active and retired law enforcement members and supported by community members. The organization was founded in 2018 as an avenue to raise funds to give back to the communities where we live and work. As a result of our fundraising efforts, C4C is able to provide financial support to organizations, individuals and their families at times when they need it most. Through positive public interactions, our goal is to improve the relationship that currently exists between law enforcement members and members of the community and to ultimately build a foundation for the growth of a stronger safer community!" TAC and Cops 4 A Cause met a year ago to discuss partnership opportunities, and after several visits and learning about each respective organizations, Cops 4 A Cause agreed to sponsor TAC's free Art Pack program.

About The Art Packs

With the help of Newark Valley High School Art Teacher, Burton Taylor, TAC curated and prepared 24 uniform packs with the following contents to encourage experimentation and creativity in local student artists. The contents were: Bristol Pad; Travel Sketch Book; Windsor Newton Galleria Acrylic Paint Set; Charcoal Pencil; and a Kneaded Eraser. Volunteers assembled 24 packs, and in a card, TAC included this message from poet, Christian Teresi.

"That your vision and the way you interpret the world matters is an idea that bears repeating. Its obviousness is too often taken for granted. The poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote in a letter to the painter Paul Cezanne that 'Surely all art is the result of one's having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, to where no one can go any further.' I think that is true in the sense that art arrives from the risks we take as we interpret the world and then the gift of sharing that vision with others. It is an act of kindness."

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