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Phone: 707-442-8413
517 3rd St., Ste. 36
California 95501
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Target demographics: We serve the creative communities of Humboldt County, California, particularly low income and underserved youth.

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

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Help get the monthly newsletter out, teach a workshop for our teen after school program, or perform a specific job for a fundraising event.

Geographic areas served: Humboldt and surrounding counties on the far northern coast of California, 300 miles from San Francisco.

Programs: With over 400 members, we are dedicated to nurturing culture through the education and involvement of artists and arts audiences. Along with the DreamMaker program, the Center is home to its ongoing programs, including a busy schedule of exhibitions, performances, and educational opportunities for youth and adults; Open Studio: The Arts Online; a monthly newsletter; Rural Burl Mural Bureau public art project, Digital Media Zone, MARZ youth digital storytelling project, and artist residencies. Our facility houses the galleries, shared artist studios including facilities for photography, printmaking, drawing and painting, fiber arts and weaving, and digital arts, a small performance space, a free public computer center, arts library, and administrative offices and equipment.The DreamMaker roster of over 50 programs includes the Eureka Art & Culture Council, Institute of Native Knowledge, Redwood Coast Writers' Center, Fire Arts Center, Original Voices, Mosaic Productions, Comite de Madres, Steelhead Special, Hmong Community of the North Coast, Brazilian Cultural Arts Center, Ban Longya Project, Vagabond Players youth theater, Life Drawing Group, Horai Center for the Study of Pacific Culture, and a host of other artist- and community-initiated ventures employing the visual, performing, literary, and media arts and culture to serve community's cultural and capacity building needs. We have been developing the cultural community since 1979.

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.
Even though we are still in temporary facilities, due to earthquake damage to our building, we have had a successful year serving over 270 at risk youth and 5,400 general community members and artists. We support over 60 projects helping to make the community better for all.

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The Ink People Center for the Arts rocks our community with creative power!!! As a member, an artist, and a community member I have been continually grateful for the supportive nurturing haven of creativity the center provides. Whether you're a professional or aspiring artist, or one-who-appreciates... more »
I have been part of the ink people for a few years now and I really like it! I enjoy helping out with the MARZ program being able to work with video and editing, the wonderful classes they have here that I have attended to. The ink people has been a huge part of me the staff here is really nice and... more »
I am a working artist and serve on the steering committee of The North Coast Open Studio. The North Coast Open Studio is a yearly 2 weekend event where working artists open their studios to the public for tours and sales. Without the aid from the Ink People this would not happen and over a hundred... more »
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