The Child Care and Family Resource Center, a division of Catholic Community Services, would like to thank all of the participants of the first annual Foster a Future Chalk Art Festival held May 22 and 23 at the Nugget Mall. More than 40 artists of all ages participated in the event with many spectators attending to watch the artists and view their completed work. The Foster a Future Chalk Art Festival was a fun way to bring our community together to draw awareness to the need for foster homes in Southeast Alaska.
The Foster a Future Chalk Art Festival would not have been possible without the generous grant from the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Office of Children's Services. Thank you to Izabel Bowers for overseeing the grant and for her invaluable support.
We were incredibly fortunate to have the participation of Special Guest Artist Barbara Lavallee throughout the event. Barbara created an original work of art which she has generously donated to Catholic Community Service to display in our offices. Barbara's tremendous talent and energy made an already exciting event truly special.
The Women of The Moose very generously donated their time throughout the weekend to help register participants for the event. Thank you to the following women: Sunny Israelson, Mary Thomas, Renee Rieser, Karen Fortwengler, Diane Slater and Cindy Hudson.
We would like to extend a special note of gratitude to the many local businesses that made contributions to the event which helped make it so successful. We're fortunate to live in such a generous community. Thank you to Stacey Poulson of the Nugget Mall and the Nugget Mall Merchants: The Nugget Alaska Outfitter, GNC, Ramona's Creations, Vintage Fare, Hearthside Books, Gourmet Alaska, and Chez Alaska. We would also like to thank Princess Tours, Capital Copy, Sign Pro, Valley Paint Center, Valley Lumber, Good Hardware, Western Auto, Don Abel Building Supply, Copy Express, Carpet Source, Super Bear Supermarket, Safeway and Costco for their contributions.
We would also like to extend thanks to all those that helped us promote the event: REACH/The Canvas, Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, The Juneau Artists Gallery, Sharon Gaiptman and KINY, Juneau Empire, Jeff Brown and KTOO and the Capital City Weekly.
It is our hope that the "Foster a Future" Chalk Art Festival will become an annual event so we may continue to promote awareness about foster care in Southeast Alaska. Thank you to the many families that welcome children into their homes so that their childhoods may be safe and nurtured.
Carleen Mitchell, Chair
2010 Foster a Future Chalk Art Festival