Help Darden Smith’s Art Program :)


I’m writing today about a fundraiser we are having for the Be An Artist Program on the evening of Monday, October 18th @ Fino.

Back in 2003 I started the Be An Artist Program as a way to talk to students about seeing themselves as artists, no matter where their interests may lay. Since then the program has gone into schools all over the US and Europe, bringing the message to students of all ages that the things they dream about can become a reality. The main message of the program is that, “Art comes from attention, intention, and doing what you love.” I believe that art may look like the work of an engineer, a doctor, lawyer, or even a musician.

The funds raised on October 18th will be used to bring the Be An Artist Program to schools here in the Austin area. My goal is to bring the program to 7,500 students during the 2010/2011 school year. All contributions to the event are tax deductible through Be An Artist, Inc.

So, help us bring the message to students here that they can be what they dream.

Now, about the event on the 18th.
Kelly Willis and I will both be playing some music (along with a couple of musical guests that I can’t name here yet). There will be a silent auction for some very unique items and special events. And to top it all off, a four course meal with accompanying wine selections from Fino!

I know your time and resources are valuable. I wouldn’t appeal to you for support if I didn’t believe in this program with all my heart. So I’m asking you to consider coming to this event. It is important to me and it is important to the kids who benefit from the program.

For more info on the Be An Artist Program, please visit
If you have questions on the event/want tickets, get in touch with either Jennifer Sutton () or myself.

I look forward to seeing you on the 18th at Fino, and thanks for reading this incredibly long letter.
All the best,
Darden Smith
P.O. Box 2454 Austin, Texas 78768 U.S.A.

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