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Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment

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The GJCAE has been very instrumental in helping young children and adults to develop a higher sense of self confidence and worth by encouraging self development through volunteerism and the arts. Started as a positive to be gained from the suicide death of Graham Johnson at age 15, it was intended to take a tragic event and make it a positive for the community so moved by the loss. For the tremendous amount of support the family received they chose to turn this tragedy into a community opportunity and has done so with numerous festivals, concerts, teen battle of the bands, open mikes, cultural arts programming, financial and emotional support for those who have suffered similar losses. Adopted has been the slogan of "life is for the living" honoring survivors of suicide and the branding of what the foundation has done: "We Build Community" which is the process of building goals and ambitions through volunteering and believing in the causes.