My friend Ruth operates a local non-profit called FLY Children’s Art Center. They provide opportunities for kids to use critical and creative skills as they define and develop their own art projects. The following video, put together by my friend Mike Ambs, explains the origin and philosophy of FLY beautifully.

FLY Children’s Art Center from mike ambs ☂ on Vimeo.

flyfundraiserThis Saturday evening, FLY is hosting an event for grown-ups in Ann Arbor. It’s a fundraiser, and the tickets are $60 each. I know that price might be out of range for many in the audience, but I can’t imagine a more worthy group, or a more critical time to invest in an organization such as this. With arts budgets (and class time for the arts) being slashed in our schools, it’s imperative that we step in and support initiatives such as this one that seek to nurture innovative thinking in our kids. Our future depends upon creative problem solving. And, there will be delicious wine. It should seriously be a good time. The event will take place this Saturday evening, 7 pm, and tickets are available both online, and at Morgan and York (1928 Packard, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104).

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  1. Knox
    Posted July 29, 2010 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    I’d heard of the organization through this site, but I didn’t really understand until watching the video. It sounds really cool.

  2. Linda
    Posted July 29, 2010 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    FLY was a topic at the Riverside Arts Center board meeting the other night.
    It seems Ruths work is starting to draw attention.

  3. roots
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    That’s intriguing. I wonder what kind of attention…?

  4. Knox
    Posted July 31, 2010 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Maybe they’re planning a hostile take-over.

  5. Posted August 2, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    hope the fundraiser went well… i couldn’t make it but know that FLY just adds to the list of amazing people starting amazing things in our ypsi-town. another way to support them is buying these super-Fly art kits on their etsy site– — everyone probably knows a kid or adult that could use some more creative inspiration around them.

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