One week from today is GiveBIG, The Seattle Foundation’s one-day online charitable giving event designed to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations that make our region a stronger, more vibrant community for all. Over 1,600 Seattle-area nonprofits will see donations matched that day. While we hope you will giveBIG to Urban ArtWorks, there are many organizations doing important and creative things also in need of support. Below our are some of our favorites. Check them out, and help us spread the GiveBIG love!

But first: our AMAZING NEW VIDEO, featuring some of the youth who participate in our programs, with spoken word by Urban ArtWorks teaching artist Matt Gano. We love how this captures the spirit of our organization, and hope you do, too.

Shout outs to these fine people doing great work in Seattle:  

  • Youth Care, because every night 700-1,000 youth have no safe place to sleep. We applaud their efforts endlessly, as many of our own youth have benefitted from their education and shelter services.
  • KEXP.org. Not only because we can’t live without them in our studio, but because if you have free live streaming world wide you’re also a form of public art, right? Plus they are champions of local artists, which is one of our reasons for waking up too. ArtWorks was lucky to be a community partner of their’s last year. Check out their littleBIG shows that benefit local non-profits throughout the year, and feel good about doing good… without even trying!
  • Union Gospel Mission. As residents of the International District/Pioneer Square area, we are made aware daily of the societal need for change on our city streets. The Union Gospel Mission provides than meals and beds: from free dental services to addiction recovery, they tackle some of the toughest needs our city has. They are always accepting volunteers and donations, learn more here: Union Gospel Mission Volunteers
  • The Seattle Design Foundation. New to the Seattle nonprofit world, they are empowering creative local thinkers and designers – we encourage all young creators to rise to the challenge of applying for their grants and social services.

We hope you’ll join us and the many other worthy organizations on this important day, so that all of us can continue our mission to make Seattle more vital and more beautiful, in our own ways.

Learn more about how giving on May 6th can make your donation go further, here on the Seattle Foundation’s website.



Kathleen Warren

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