We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s Concert for Kindness! And we’re officially announcing our awesome Emcee, dog lover Kara Sewell (shown here with her Pomeranian, Bailey) from WFAA for her second year with us.
Kara and Bailey were jaw-dropping models this week in preparation for the concert where they will star in one of the photographic stories that are projected during the concert. Can you blame us for putting them on the big screen?
25 beautiful dogs were photographed for this year’s contest, but only 13 earn a space in the calendar, so as voting continues during the month of August we are inching towards our goal of $20,000 for Artists for Animals community grants for 2019. 100% of your voting dollars go to the fund and animal rescue groups from the north Texas area apply for grants with a simple one page form.
Our mission is simple. To help raise funds for a variety of hard-working nonprofit groups in our area. Volunteers who give up their free time and energy pulling dogs off the streets, healing sick and wounded pets, vetting and re-homing and offering spay and neuter services to break the cycle of homelessness. Many of these groups are small and dedicated, but lack the time and funds to hold their own fundraising events –and they need our support.
It’s time to vote in our annual Tiny Dog Calendar Contest for Artists for Animals Community Grants. We have 25 dogs in the race and only 13 spots, so we’re selling votes! Each vote is $1 (100% of the voting proceeds go to the grant fund) and you can buy as many votes as you wish and as often as you like — UNTIL August 31st at midnight.
Teresa Berg Photography creates portraits for all of the dogs in the contest and designs and publishes the calendar annually to raise money to support the AFA Community Grants program. In this way, AFA can help raise money for a variety of initiatives across the north Texas region. Rescue groups are encouraged to fill out the grant proposal form each fall and the AFA board votes to give grants based on need and the type of project they are working on. Last year $18,000 was raised and given as $2000 grants to 9 different animal rescue charities.
Our 2019 Concert for Kindness was a big success — thanks to our wonderful donors, art lovers, musicians, artists, music lovers and the many volunteers who worked on this event. We raised over $68,000 in total –and because we have no salaries or overhead, that money all goes to saving more cats and dogs!
Our hearts are full as we plan for future events. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
We made a visit to Kyle Clark’s Advanced Drawing Class at Booker T. Washington School for the Visual and Performing Arts as we do on a regular basis, and as usual were completely amazed. The creative energy of these wonderful young artists makes every minute there an real treat. The artwork they are doing for this year’s Concert for Kindness Silent Auction is nearing completion and so beautiful.
Drumroll, please. The Artists for Animals board met last week and voted on which of the many deserving groups that applied will be receiving Grants from AFA for 2017.
We loved reading about all of the wonderful projects and initiatives that are “in the pipeline” for Dallas area rescue organizations. We’re proud to be able to help. The following groups have been notified that their “checks are in the mail”!
Our new venue for 2017 has 750 seats and lots of room for art and animal lovers!
Join us Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the fabulous Dallas City Performance Hall for this multi-media event featuring classical music from some of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s finest musicians. Also featuring photography and art from some of Dallas’ budding new artists (on sale exclusively in our silent auction), Dancers from Avant Chamber Ballet and Wine and Dessert.
All to benefit Operation Kindness — Dallas’ oldest and largest no-kill shelter. Be sure you get your tickets early — available online now- just click the BUY TICKETS tab above.
Saving animals with art takes many forms — and just like the wonderful dogs and cats we rescue, our art is filled with a variety of color, texture and design. Our Rescued with Love exhibit, features beautiful dogs photographed with natural light and fresh flowers and is a symbol of hope for all homeless animals everywhere.
Designed to show off their beauty, this group of photographs and another group of student drawings from Booker T Washington School for the Arts will be popping up in public places all around town to teach and inspire people to ADOPT a pet instead of SHOP for their next pet. Watch for dates and details about an exhibit near you! And many thanks to Goosehead Insurance for their lobby space.