Our frontline facilitators and volunteers see first-hand the devastating impact of inequality in the social, education, health care and justice systems on which our country is built. These broken systems have a profound effect on every child we serve.
In spite of restrictions required by shelter-in-place, DrawBridge is working to make sure the children we serve are still supported and have access to art experiences. About 275 personalized care packages with art materials and project ideas have been packed and delivered to many of our sites, with 190 more in the works. […]
With a strong commitment to making a positive impact in its SoMa neighborhood, San Francisco Marriott Marquis has partnered with DrawBridge to raise awareness and funds in support of the city’s growing number of homeless children.
Growing up, Blake Jordan was a budding artist who struggled alone to express himself creatively. As an adult, he was instantly attracted to DrawBridge. “Art provides a medium for safely expressing emotion and creates opportunities for connecting with others, which can be challenging for kids.” Creative exploration can help build confidence, and DrawBridge provides the setting for that exploration to nearly 1000 homeless and underserved kids each […]
When our Facilitators and Volunteers were asked what they liked most about DrawBridge, several themes emerged. The most frequent of these was the positive impact the art groups have on the children who participate, and how they supported and uplifted them: “The opportunity that DrawBridge offers children goes well beyond art. It builds relationships, trust, […]
Running a weekly DrawBridge art group can be both challenging and rewarding. Facilitators and Volunteers bring their creativity, patience, compassion, humor and generosity to each session, supporting and uplifting each child’s artistic exploration. For those who run more than one group, the challenges and rewards are multiplied. Susan Peterson facilitates three groups each week, and […]
“When the paints come out there is always magic at our Hamilton art group, especially on the gray, rainy days. Inevitably brushes are tossed aside, and little fingers and hands move the paint around (much more fun). It’s tempting to try to keep the kids painting ‘on the paper’ but at DrawBridge, when it comes […]
It’s the 30th anniversary of DrawBridge! Please join us for an evening of celebration that includes exclusive wines, a full dinner, live and silent auction items, gorgeous City views and a lively crowd of friends, admirers, supporters and those who have helped to keep the organization alive for three decades. All proceeds from Cheers to […]
49er Wide Receiver Dante Pettis has chosen DrawBridge as the recipient of his NFL My Cause My Cleats campaign. The shoes he wore during the December 16th game against the Seattle Seahawks (Niners won!) are now being auctioned, with proceeds going to DrawBridge art programs for homeless and underserved kids. The cleats are emblazoned with […]
As we approach DrawBridge’s 30th anniversary in Spring, 2019, we have been reflecting on the number of children we’ve served (about 35,000), and why our free art groups continue to be so important to so many. It seems best to seek answers from those who experience DrawBridge firsthand: the children who attend, their parents, our […]