VisArts' Creative Community is for Everyone!

Your support makes a difference! Windgate Foundation is matching gifts up to $150,000!

Artist Michelle Izquierdo has been teaching at VisArts for four years. She took a painting class and loved it so much she decided to apply for a faculty position. Her first job was teaching a complex Kandinsky painting for a Cocktails & Canvas class. Today, she teaches fluid and craft painting in addition to Cocktails & Canvas. She’s also an instructor for VisArts’ CREATE, our weekly summer art happenings in Rockville Town Square.

Michelle loves sharing artistic experiences with her students, as well as with other artists and instructors. “The energy here is incredible. People are tapping into their inner artists and expressing themselves through the creation of unique artworks.”

Michelle plays music during her classes, and encourages students to interact with other painters. This fun, upbeat atmosphere fosters conversation and builds community. “VisArts is a happy place. When people create, they de-stress, they feel better – it’s therapeutic.”

Michelle loves that “VisArts is more than just a place to take art classes – it’s a ‘one stop shop’ where everyone can experience art in multiple ways, from creation through exhibition and even sale. That’s inspirational for aspiring artists of all ages.”

Michelle shares that VisArts has been transformational for her as an artist and instructor. “I started out not really owning my craft. Being at VisArts, surrounded by a community of students and artists, pushed me to find my voice, gain confidence, work in different genres, and continue to create. It keeps me on my toes!”

Michelle hopes you’ll support VisArts. “VisArts makes art approachable. Help us keep making it possible for everyone to experience our creative community.”

VisArts is a non-profit arts organization that’s been transforming individuals and communities for more than 30 years. Your one-time or monthly gift has a direct impact on artists, curators, students, instructors, campers, volunteers, interns, and partner organizations – and makes it possible for VisArts to offer more than $40,000 in financial assistance to community members in need each year.

Please join us in raising $150,000 by December 31st.

Thanks so much,       

Alice Nappy

Executive Director

P.S. Would you like to double your impact? Windgate Foundation will match all contributions up to $150,000.

VisArts is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization (EIN 52-1549839). Your donation is deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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