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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The Ink People changes lives by connecting the community with resources for cultural development. We encourage people to exercise their humanity, build civic discourse, and engage their creative potential. The Ink People are actively weaving the arts into the fabric of community.

Target demographics: The Ink People has been changing people’s lives since 1979 by connecting the community with resources for cultural development. We encourage people to exercise their humanity, build civic discourse, and engage their creative potential. We have a long time presence in Humboldt County and northern California as a community-based, grassroots, artist-run, arts and culture organization.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We directly served over 350 youth, 300 artists, and 4,500 community members.

Geographic areas served: Humboldt and surrounding counties on the far northern coast of California, 300 miles north of San Francisco and 100 miles south of the Oregon border.

Programs: We are organized on community access principles and the belief that art, in all its forms, is essential to the human spirit and well being. We base our activities in a philosophy of sharing and community building. We think it is important to listen to people’s hopes and dreams, and to help realize them, but not do it for them. We feel that arts and culture should be an integral and conscious part of everyone’s life, so we set about weaving the arts back into the fabric of our community. We know that young people are the future and are incredibly challenged by today’s world, so we try to give them tools to build successful and fulfilling lives. The Ink People was co-founded by two printmakers who wanted to create a peer support structure for artists, educate the community about the value of the arts, and use art to effect change. A small, but passionate staff run day to day operations with help from over 100 volunteers and independent contractors. With over 200 members, we are nurturing culture through the education and engagement of artists and communities. The DreamMaker Program supports over 85 self-directed projects created by people who want to make their community a better place through arts and culture. We offer administrative support, management, and capacity building training. Other ongoing programs include exhibitions, performances, educational opportunities for all ages, a monthly newsletter, and the MARZ Project, which provides at-risk youth with tools to create positive change in their lives and communities.

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

The Ink People has proven its durability through years of providing art inspiration to our small community. It fosters programs that encourage creativity for all ages, particularly for teenagers, at the same time schools were cutting back on art programs. There is such a profoundly healthy heart beating in this organization. It has stayed afloat, working its community good, in spite of some pretty daunting setbacks that include moving the entire operation out of an earthquake-damaged building, plus searching for a permanent home more than once. I have the deepest respect for The Inkers and the work they do so steadily to make such a valuable donation to our community.

ShoshannaDancer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with The Ink People for about 12 years. I have always been impressed and dazzled by how they facilitate the visions so many diverse groups of creative people in our community in their dreams to make life more beautiful, thoughtful, interesting, exciting, inspiring for all of us. From the incredibly important North Star Quest Camp for Girls to the MARZ Digital Media Project afterschool program for teens, to the annual Storytelling Festival to my own Mosaic Productions, their umbrella stretches wide over the many Dream Maker programs that call The Ink People home. Thank you Ink People! :-)

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Ink People Center for the Arts provides numerous opportunities for the community, in an all-inclusive way, to engage in the arts. Everyone is invited. The organization is highly productive, and serves a geographically isolated area where services and support are typically hard to access. The Ink People staff are dedicated and caring. They work hard to promote local artists of all ages, through exhibitions, grants, equipment, instruction, etc... I highly recommend the Ink People! What would the North Coast be without this important arts non-profit?

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with, and for Libby and the Ink People on a variety of projects, I have seen firsthand how much of an impact they have on others through their inspiration, support, and dedication to working hard advocating for and nurturing creative opportunity for all members of the community they serve here in Humboldt County and far beyond. I have seen amazing artworks being sponsored and shared, as well as young minds being fostered and plenty of smiles, love, hope and happiness to share backed by a genuine sense of gratitude. I am impressed by what they work so tirelessly to help create and then give back to others and believe they are a truly special, remarkable organization, and a valuable part of the community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ink people Inc. offers support to local non-profit arts organizations through its Dream Maker Program. we are Nor-cal Native Arts Group and have been able to serve our local rural Native population on the Hoopa Reservation thanks to the expertise and generosity of Ink People Inc.

they have offered every kind of support and technical assistance to get our group started and make us effective as a service organization. The people and services they offer have been life changing for the arts in Humboldt County.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Ink People Center for the Arts plays a critical role in Humboldt County and beyond. Their all inclusive values are exemplified by their Dreammaker Programs. People in the community with creative projects or ideas are able to pursue their dreams with administrative guidance and nonprofit umbrella provided by TIP. Our community is so much richer for it.

Public art, fire arts, dance projects, weavers, writers, indigenous celebrations, youth programs, and publications are some of the examples that come to mind when I think about how TIP contributes to our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When the Ink People Center for the Arts first invited me to play for one of their events, I was honored. I had heard about their work in the community and was excited to support the organization however I could. That first encounter lead to a long relationship that has taught me so much about community, art, and connecting the two. I have been operating a non profit group through the Ink People's DreamMaker Program since 2007 called Dance and Drum in Humboldt. We have been focused on bringing drum and dance instruction to local elementary schools as well as weekly drum classes for our community. Through their support, I have worked in many schools throughout Humboldt County, sharing lessons of cultural awareness, movement and rhythm games, and given these students access to instruments they might not see otherwise. The Ink People accepted my application to be their AmeriCorps Vista worker, helping to develop a youth media lab called the MARZ Project. We provided a safe and educational space for teens to learn about different media types, and to try out different software and programs they might not have access to at home or school. After my time serving in that capacity, the Ink People sponsored me in a California Arts Council Artists in Schools grant. I was able to work for a year at a local elementary school and help to develop a contemporary music program based on the instruments they had available and various materials that were developed in the process. The Ink People has been vital in my growth as a community artist. I will forever be grateful and in support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

For over 30 years the Redwood Coast Children's Chorus, of whom I am Founder/Director has been its own non-profit organization...until we found The Dream Makers , a part of The Ink People. Dream-Makers has taken over the business part of our non -profit, of which we have since dropped.

Because of this wonderful organization ( TIP) the RCCC has been able to connect with many other artists, musicians and dancers, developing an ever widening scope of creativity and artistry within Humboldt County.


Within this next year I hope to expand and connect the children's chorus even more, providing opportunities for children who normally would not have the chance to sing in beautiful harmonies, travel and continue making the world better through music and the arts.

Libby Maynard has and continues to be dedicated to connecting people with people, artists with artists, and artists with the entire community. Let us all continue to support The Ink People!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As an ex-Board Member I can say that this organization is comprised of an extremely dedicated staff and Board that enables extremely dedicated individuals to fulfill their desire to integrate art, social justice and the community. For over 20 years the Ink People has benefited our community by supporting the people that want to positively impact it.
As a volunteer I can say that the Ink People has helped cultivate multi-cultural communication by working with local Native American, Hispanic/Latino and Hmong peoples to share, celebrate and rejuvenate their experience on the Northcoast of California.
As an art-lover I can say that this organization attracts some very talented people.

Kristi S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Ink People is such an amazing organization that has helped countless other non-profit programs in the area. They have made a huge impact in our community by helping us form LUNA Kids Cooperative, an arts based program for children under 5. Libby Maynard is a wealth of ideas and information and is always a joy to work with. As a program of the DreamMaker Project we are eternally grateful for the Ink People's guidance - without them, we wouldn't even exist! Every community should be so lucky!