Community-minded individuals from all over the Bay Area, braved the rain to give back at the Spirited Marin Holiday Marketplace December 7th & 8th at the Marin Country Mart. Spirited Marin is a unique and festive shopping “village” showcasing the fresh voices of Marin-based businesses while raising money for Marin-based nonprofits. Youth in Arts was one of three beneficiaries chosen this year, and will be a beneficiary again next year. All marketplace sellers donated 25% of their sales to Spirited Marin’s fundraising efforts! In addition, Spirited Marin Gift Boxes are finely curated gift boxes made up of donated products from conscientious Marin-based businesses. 100% of the proceeds from Spirited Marin Gift Boxes go to Spirited Marin’s beneficiaries.
Spirited Marin’s Community Dinner kicked off the weekend. Thursday’s event, featured fantastic food from Fork Full of Earth, Hog Island Oyster Co, California Caviar Co, Navas Patisserie. Plus, amazing beverages from Batiste Rhum, Patagonia Root Ale, ROOT Wines, and Heidrun Meadery. Youth in Arts ‘Til Dawn serenaded the guests with festive favorites, as they were seated for dinner. ‘Til Dawn also sang at the annual Marin Country Mart Tree Lighting just a couple of hours prior.
We would like to sincerely thank Spirited Marin organizer, Leslie Iorillo for her incredibly hard work and dedication to making this year’s event a success for all of the beneficiaries.
On a hot July evening, Youth in Arts board member, Kylee Ortiz hosted her first Sip + Shop event at Neve & Hawk in San Anselmo…and it was a BIG hit! More than 50 guests turned out to sip wine, eat delicious food from Lucky Penny Bread, listen to great live music performed by Sharon Lang & Cheyenne Young, and of course shop the wonderful wares at Neve & Hawk. Store owners, Kris and Bob Galmarini kindly donated their space and sales associate’s time for the event, plus gave 15% of all sales to Youth in Arts. We are very grateful for their support!
The first 20 attendees received beautiful tiny succulent-filled pots created by Kylee and Cactus Jungle, as a thank you for giving a suggested donation at the door. The event also featured a raffle with a prize of a $100 gift certificate to Good Earth Natural Foods, as well as a silent auction with lovely items gifted by: San Anselmo Inn, Eden Day Spa, Blanc, Dollface, Chase Ace, Utility Room, Heart Tribe, Mill Road Studio, original artwork by Kylee Ortiz and Jennifer Shada, and SHN Tickets from Wayne & Debbi Yamagishi.
Well over $2,000 was raised to help support Youth in Arts programs. Thank you Kylee for putting on such a fantastic event, and helping to tell Youth in Arts’ story in your unique way. We appreciate your creativity, passion for arts education, and commitment to YIA!
Youth in Arts is thrilled to welcome Kylee Ortiz to our board. Kylee, has always been creative, and she had great support from her family when it came to pursuing her passion. Although she had access to visual art and music in school, much of her arts education was self-led. She explains, “I was lucky enough to have visual art in the classroom regularly although…I was not taught technique or guided to connect to the source of my creativity. Using my intuition, I did those things on my own, in school and out.” Her motivation to pursue the arts ultimately led her to get a Masters in Transformative Arts from John F. Kennedy University. It was there that she realized how omnipresent creativity can, and should be in education. “It wasn’t until I was at JFK that I realized everyone has a creative source, we’re all creators in our own right. Creativity is messy and sometimes dark and that’s ok.”
Kylee recognizes just how important arts education is to developing well-rounded, and confident leaders, “I recognize the transformational power of art and know that when young people are provided a safe space for art making and guidance accessing their creative source, their potential is limitless. With that belief, five years ago, my husband and I conspired a semester long, after-school pilot program. We facilitated transformational research-based art making, non-judgmental dialogue, and exhibited their art in a local gallery. Proceeds benefited a local non-profit.”
Kylee, is a Manager System Administrator at Kaiser Permanante by day, and a renegade prose and multi-media visual artist by night. She lives in San Geronimo with her husband and three children.
We are very thankful to have Kylee’s wonderful energy, compassion and creativity on our board. Thank you, Kylee!