We commit 6% of gross retail profits from Silver Lining to fund accredited existing arts education programs benefitting underserved students. Arts Ed is no longer a priority in many public schools where funding is scarce. Cuts in 2013 were over $40 million, or nearly 15% at the Federal level—and countless more locally—according to the National Endowment for the Arts. We feel that creative curricula are a vital stepping stone to innovation for the next generation. By contributing to arts education programs, our impact is immediate and even small contributions can go a long way.
“[After dropping out of college] I decided to take a calligraphy class…It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture, and I found it fascinating. Ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me… Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.” — Steve Jobs
This season, we've partnered with the Root Division, a San Francisco-based Youth Arts Education organization that brings free art classes to over 500 students using working artists as teachers. Root Division recruits, trains, and places artists to teach free art classes in after-school partner programs, creating a link between artists and the schools' community.
In 2015, we made our first donation: over $700 to the Root Division's Youth Education Program. This money purchased supplies for a bilingual beginning book arts course for girls at the Horace Mann Middle School as well as clay for a first grade ceramics class at Buena Vista Child Care. We look forward to continuing our support of Root Division.