In this season of giving, many people are looking for ways they can make a difference and help other folks. Here’s one worthy cause, and an easy one for artists with extra art materials.

In Asheville, North Carolina, the Aurora Studio & Gallery has teamed up with the Kairos West Community Center to offer Open Art Studios — but they need help.

“We could use your help with materials — paints, brushes, canvases, Masonite, drawing paper or sketch pads, pencils, charcoal, etc. Also, if you have any shelving, that would be helpful,” says Lori Greenberg, the program director at Aurora. “If you have any materials that you are no longer using, that you think would be beneficial, e-mail me.”

Aurora Studio & Gallery offers opportunities for enrichment and growth through art. Photo by Lisa Sarasohn
Aurora Studio & Gallery offers opportunities for enrichment and growth through art. Photo by Lisa Sarasohn

Aurora works with adults struggling with homelessness and/or mental illness, using art as a method to help them break out of patterns and grow as people. The program at Kairos West will meet twice a month, and the title of the program is “Restore Dreams.” The motto for Aurora is “a studio where artists heal, grow and thrive!”

It’s another way to give, this holiday season.

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