Brandywine Workshop and Archives Joins the #GivingTuesday Movement to secure support for our iCreate Internship Program for disadvantaged high school students.
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, which annually harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. The first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, November 29, 2016, launches the “Season of Giving” with other highly recognized events such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday when customers can shop for Christmas gifts and have a portion of their purchases turn into cash-back that goes directly from the purchase to a worthy charitable organization. Brandywine is seeking your contributions to support the expansion of our internship program for Philadelphia high school students who are economically disadvantaged and hope for a career in the arts and technology. Interns learn about fine art printmaking, digital design and media production (animation and documentary) and archival collections management. Interns also receive exposure to college programs that are exploring innovative design technologies and learn about the growing field of employment in digital media.
You support will not help us employ more youth, it will help launch a series of online competitions among students across the country, encouraging them with modest cash awards to share their art and designs in cyber community we call the #iCreatezone.
For every $1,000 collectively donated, we can employ one high school student for nine hours a week during a twelve- week period. During internships, students are exposed to a variety of career paths and assisted with preparations in applying to post graduate or college admission. The iCreate Internship program began during the summer, 2016 when we employed twenty students and supplemented instruction with guest professionals and field trips to local colleges.
In addition to providing a forum for self-expression, our core of young instructors emphasized social impact and community service as themes.
92Y − a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back − conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving. In 2015, the fourth year of the movement, #GivingTuesday brought together over 45,000 partners in 71 countries and helped raise nearly $117 Million online in the US alone.
“We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and executive director of 92Y. “As we embark on our fifth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation.”
Those who are interested in Brandywine Workshop and Archives’ #GivingTuesday initiative can visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.
Brandywine Workshop and Archives is a tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 cultural institution, contributions are deductible to the extent allowable by law.