So where does the money raised by the Cherrywood Art Fair go? It supports the mission and purpose of Chula League, the non-profit producer of the Fair. One of the biggest and best-regarded beneficiaries of the Fair is Chula League’s Little Artist BIG ARTIST program.
Little Artist BIG ARTIST is a unique mentoring experience that pairs professional artists with fifth-graders from four East Austin elementary schools (Blackshear, Maplewood and Oak Springs in 2014) for a 10 week one-on-one collaboration. The artist pairs navigate the creative process, from ideation to commercialization, making art and opportunity together. The program culminates in a Spring Art Show of the works produced by the artist pairs, with an opening night reception where Little Artists get to interact with their audience. The Little Artist keeps at least one of the jointly produced works as a keepsake, and a second work is auctioned at the Cherrywood Art Fair. Auction proceeds are donated back to the Little Artists’ school art programs.
You can learn more about Little Artist BIG ARTIST at our website where you can also sign up to be a BIG ARTIST or a volunteer for the program.
The work the artists and the Chula League do is inspirational. The art show was amazing and I loved seeing the smiles of the proud parents, students, artists, and teachers.
–JoLynn Rettig, Art Teacher
Our participating Little Artists benefit from a combination of mentorship and the opportunity to learn from a professional artist. Big Artists gain from that relationship as they share their expertise and see artistic exploration through the eyes of a 5th or 6th grader.
–Jennifer Ramos, Little Artist Big Artist Coordinator
This video will also give you a feel for how the program enriches both the Little and BIG artists.
Artist application fees and booth fees for Cherrywood Art Fair directly benefit the Little Artist BIG ARTIST program.