“If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.”
Author unknown, but these inspirational words, and a commitment to give back to the community and to support the lives of young artists inspired the trio of Bowen Gateway Mural artists to donate a portion of the mural print sales to go towards youth having the opportunity to create art at the new hub of creativity on Bowen Island: the Burrow at Artisan Square, run by Sara Skuce.
“The Burrow is excited to announce that bursaries are available for registration in children’s creativity camps. This fund was made possible thanks to a very generous donation by Bowen artists Sarah Haxby, Paula Love, and Art by Di, who donated a portion of their proceeds from the Garden Gateway Mural. We are so thankful for their support of young artists,” enthuses Skuce.
The Gateway Mural Project was made possible thanks to support from the community and featured participation by local youth. Di, Paula and Sarah all believe in reinvesting in the community and supporting young artists, and committed a portion of the project to go towards charitable reinvestment in the community.
Why is there such a passion to support young artists?
“I mentored with local artist Betty McIntyre when I was a youth, and it changed my life, so I want to keep paying that mentorship forward, to give other youth the chance to explore and practice being creative,” says Haxby.
“We all can’t wait to see what the youth are going to create next, and hope that the youth of Bowen have an art-full summer at the Burrow.”
To find out how to access the youth arts bursary, or to learn more about upcoming creative camps at the Burrow go to www.theburrowbowen.com