ALASKA ARTS SOUTHEAST INC
October 1, 2011
SFAC Changed my life. For the better. I'll have to look back and review, and I hope SFAC got on the list of top non-profits, cause they deserve it, but I think everyone must have had the same words. SFAC changed my life, and was life for so many of the people I met there. Many of my closest friends are still the people I met nine years ago at SFAC. I knew many middle and high school kids who survived isolation and alienation in their small communities for 50 weeks a year because they knew for 2 weeks a year they would be held up, supported, loved, and accepted. Young students with not much going for them would spend the year seeking out and writing grants, asking for the support of local businesses, and working every job they could find all year to send themselves to camp for those precious two weeks. SFAC is a place where young people thrive. My artistic inspiration and life inspiration still draws so strongly from my experiences at SFAC years ago - when I am feeling not-so-artistic or inspired, I think back to my time there and the words from my instructors and friends and feel a wave of inspiration, motivation, encouragement, and dreams. Those two weeks a year did more for my art than the years of classes I have taken since. Thank you so much to SFAC and all the people who make it up! I am so glad it is back at SJ campus where all my happiest memories thrive, and flourish. SFAC is a breath of fresh air in the stress of youth and life. I would not be who I am today without SFAC. If every week was like those two weeks, the world would be a radically different place and we could accomplish anything.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I'm not sure what I'm supposed to put for this question. As I wrote above, I experience the results of this organization every day of my life as I see beauty and connect with friends.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
...not know what to say. It's back on it's own property and working hard to make that campus the best it can be. I wish I had a million dollars and a million hours to donate, but I know they have so much love. I wish everyone could feel what I felt and spend a couple weeks of their teen years being so filled. I wish I could keep going to camp and feeling that magic.
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How did you find this group?
Friend recommended. Friends parents went in youth and grew up to be involved as staff.
What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?
Every day. Read above. Friends, inspiration, and beauty. Surviving teen years.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Client Served & Student and participant of Sitka Fine Arts Camp 2002-2006.