The Obrzut Ling Foundation, a small private foundation dedicated to supporting underprivileged and at-risk youth, donated $10,000 to help Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona purchase laptops, microphones and cameras for teens who wanted to participate in virtual theater camp this summer. The foundation plans to match its donation during the Free Arts virtual Art From the Heart Art Auction, taking place Oct. 21-26, 2020. During the six-day auction, supporters will have the opportunity to “raise a virtual paddle” and the Obrzut Ling Foundation will match donations up to $10,000.
This year, instead of rehearsing and performing onstage at the Herberger Theater Center, participants joined camp virtually, logging into camp each day for 10 days via Zoom. The original work they created was recorded and edited together to create a final video performance title Finding your Frame, unveiled Aug. 15 on YouTube premier.
Free Arts was set to hold its annual Art From the Heart Fundraiser in the spring of 2020, but had to postpone it due to COVID-19. The virtual version of the art auction will feature the work of approximately 80 local artists. To register, CLICK HERE.