A LETTER FROM THE FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
First off, thank you for your interest in Lórien Academy of the Arts! Time is our most valuable resource, so I am deeply grateful that you would spend some of yours learning more about what we do with ours.
Next, I want to acknowledge that there are so many causes seeking to address issues of social injustice or racial/economic inequality. It can be overwhelming… even paralyzing. You want to be generous with your money, but you also want to make wise choices with it. You want to be sure that you are investing your hard-earned dollars in ways that will actually be impactful.
I understand completely! In fact, Lórien Academy was conceived out of this very concern. I wanted to be involved in something having actual impact… doing the greatest good over the long-term. When I did the research, I became convinced the greatest good I could do for youth in poverty was to give them access to high quality art education & experiences. The only problem was that I couldn’t find any organizations doing this.
So, in 2016, Lórien Academy of the Arts was born.
All this to say, Lórien doesn’t exist on the whim of a “neat idea.” It’s based in responsible research and has been only affirmed since we started. If you looking for a way to directly make a difference, please consider supporting Lórien. It doesn’t get much more grassroots than us. We only exists because generous people in the community believe in our mission and vision and want to ensure all youth have access to quality arts opportunities, regardless of means.
The best thing is that, because we’re a small, grassroots, upstart nonprofit, a little goes a long way! Most of our supporters give $25/month… $50/month, but collectively they are the backbone and lifeblood of our existence! This is actually my ideal funding model, because it means more people are actively investing in our community and are living generously.
Please consider investing in the bright & vibrant futures of these youth by supporting Lórien Academy with a one-time gift or joining the ranks of our sustainers by setting up recurring monthly support. Thank you again for your time, especially if you read all the way to this last line :)!
P.S. Still not convinced? The best way to truly understand the quality and effectiveness of our programming is to see it for yourself. Consider getting directly involved as a volunteer!