Art One

Original art piece from the Autism Academy for Education & Development were featured at the silent auction.

Art One held its first anniversary fundraiser in November to celebrate 26 years in business and to raise money for their newly-named nonprofit, NCBFST (nurture, create, believe, flourish, succeed, and transform) Foundation for Student Artists.

For the past five years, Art One has hosted an anniversary celebration to showcase artists and remind the community of its mission, which focuses on representing high school and college student artists, as well as local artists in Arizona. But this year, Art One wanted to plan something extra special for its anniversary celebration. 

The Art One family asked the community to participate in their “26 Donations for 26 Years” fundraiser. By asking for one donation for each year Art One has been open, the local business was hoping to raise money for the foundation, which had zero funds when it re-launched last year.

The foundation provides tuition assistance, art supplies and other art-related expenses to high school and college artists. By providing financial assistance to this underfunded group, the organization has become a re-invention of Foote’s first nonprofit, the Newton-Foote Foundation.

The fundraiser was held at Art One’s gallery in Old Town Scottsdale during the Thursday Night ArtWalk. The event included live music from musician Janelle Loes, live painting from artist Pat Cain and homemade tacos. Guests could buy 26th anniversary NCBFST t-shirts as well as bid on art pieces in a silent auction.

Monetary donations given the night of the fundraiser came with a raffle ticket for $100 off a purchase at Art One Gallery. By the end of the event, the gallery collected 50 monetary donations, sold 13 art pieces in the auction and sold ten t-shirts. The donations raised over $8,000 for the NCBFST Foundation.

The success of the fundraiser inspired the gallery to make it an annual event. The donations received this year will be dispersed to various schools, students and organizations throughout the year.

Art One Gallery and the NCBFST Foundation share an overall goal to create a community for up-and-coming local artists, and provide a place where they can further their art careers. In addition to helping local artists, the foundation hopes to educate the community on the importance of supporting the arts and education.

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