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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

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Ink People is an amazing resource for the arts and culture community; located in a remote rural region, it's not always possible to access the resources that arts and culture based programs and projects need to be successful; having access to the Ink People and their amazing insight and support systems allows our artist communities, projects and endeavors to not only succeed but to thrive. The Ink People's Dream Maker Program has incubated so many success stories and we're very excited that our community is a part of this amazing family. Thank you Ink People for all that you do and for believing in the hopes, dreams and visions of our communities.

Tiare Reed H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ink People provide a valuable service to our communities by providing excellent advice and accounting services to Artists who are trying to make a difference in their communities through culture, art, music and dance. Ink People is a group of concerned individuals who truly want to help artists, musicians, dancers and teachers succeed in their passions. They provide advice and keep us informed of opportunities which help us to succeed and grow. They share their knowledge with us and their door is always open to welcome our questions and help us to become knowledgable and successful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Ink People has helped our small group get the non-profit status we need to help raise funds to support our ability to continue performing for the community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A community arts organization with a wide reach and a big heart. Very inclusive, innovative, and supportive of the various dimensions of the arts. I'm so grateful to The Ink People for their many years of leading and inspiring the creative potential of this community. They are a real treasure.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Ink People is the heart of our community. They provide artists, musicians, storytellers, performers, weavers, and many many more groups with a non-profit status and support to make their dreams a reality; thanks to the Ink People Dreamaker Program

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

'The Ink People' in Eureka California, with Director Libby Maynard, is a world-class model non-profit. It has been our flawless non-profit dual umbrella for almost 25 years. As both 'Prague Project' and 'Eco-Nelson', we are a licensed, City of San Francisco, cultural exchange program between the Czech Republic, Northern California and the Native American lands of Arizona. Prague Project is also the internationally registered American partner with 'Eco-Nelson' (the only strictly environmental [formerly Czech, now international] station in Antarctica). Libby Maynard, and all the other managers of Ink People have welcomed at least a dozen troupes and truly countless individual traveling Czech artists and environmentalists to tour in Northern California. Many were here in San Francisco on scholarships to various academic and professional institutions. All were eager to visit, perform, lecture and exhibit, in order to meet colleagues and residents of rural Northern California. For instance, beginning in 1990, together with Ink People, Prague Project designed the first tour of Native American artists to visit Czechoslovakia after the fall of the Soviet Union. And in 1991, the first environmental-art exhibit in Czechoslovakia, at Art Forum/Jazz Section, Prague. We also arranged the first ever exhibit of former Czechoslovak underground visual art in San Francisco. Since then we have continued arranging exhibits for Northern California artists in Prague. One recent tour of Czech artists in California was for a Shakespeare scholar leading a troupe of classic Czech puppeteers performing with 100-year-old marionettes. A year later the founder of the national Czech program of "Puppets in Hospitals", here on a Fulbright to University of California San Francisco hospitals, also toured through Eureka. Our visitors have been some of the Czech Republic's finest painters, actors, sculptors, tapestry and print-makers, authors, publishers and environmentalists. Prague Project has been proud to introduce them to the wonderful rural audiences that The Ink People helped us to reach.

The Ink People has welcomed our visitors with open arms, by:
• Helping Eureka area tour management
• Arranging for foreign visitors accommodations in Eureka area
(Several of these introductions blossomed into life changing international
exchanges, for both the Czech and Northern California artists.)
• Introducing Prague Project and Eco-Nelson to other venues
in Northern California
• Providing wonderful, affordable, Eureka venues for tour events and classes
• Publishing announcements of these events. Since we, 300 miles away,
would not have known where to advertise in Eureka.)
• Provided residencies and gallery exhibits


Sincerely,

Maya Cain, Director
Prague Project, San Francisco
and partner with
Eco-Nelson, Antarctica






Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ink People, Inc. serves as the umbrella non-profit organization for arts groups in the Humboldt area that do not have their own non-profit status. This service has been an amazing benefit to all of us smaller groups. Through them we can fundraise for our projects and help the Ink People at the same time. In addition they have a knack for focusing art projects for both underserved populations and underrepresented and important social themes. They connect so many spokes of the social wheel in this community through celebration of the arts. I don't know what we would do without them!!

Donor

Rating: 4

The Ink People are an integral part of our community!! We love working with them as a DreamMaker Project! Circus of the Elements and Trinidad Art Nights would not be the groups they are without the help and guidance from the Ink People. I'm grateful for their continued support of the community of Humboldt County.

Client Served

Rating: 4

The Ink People help enrich our community by supporting arts and culture . They make it possible for artists, musicians and kids to have a voice and a presence in our commnity. Please help by supporting this very crucial ally to our arts community.

Annie25

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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-the-arts, your life can change if you drop by the Ink People's galleries, events or programs. Mine did!