About Inspiring Artistic Minds
Inspiring Artistic Minds is a nonprofit organization that was created to promote a passion for the arts among people of all ages in Palm Beach County and beyond. One of our primary goals is to provide funding for arts education programs in our community. There have been many scientific studies documenting the positive effects that education in the arts has on academic subjects such as language arts, mathematics, and science. Outside of these benefits, the arts allow children and adults to express themselves and develop skills in non-academic areas in ways that they would not be able to otherwise. Children participating in arts programs are generally better at creative thinking, self-expression, and problem-solving than their peers who do not participate in these programs. The vast number of benefits to education in the fine arts tells us something that any artist could tell you: we should be aiming to give everyone the opportunity to participate in fine arts programs, no matter their location or socioeconomic status. By providing funds to schools and arts programs, holding competitions, and organizing art shows, we hope to help both children and adults alike to develop a passion for the fine arts. Another one of our goals is to increase community awareness of local artists by holding community events and shows to showcase their work. With government cuts to funding for the arts, we, as a community, must take providing funds for arts and arts education programs into our own hands. If you choose to donate, you will receive a print displayed on our website of your choice as a sign of our gratitude. We hope that you join us in our efforts to make our community a better place through the arts.
My name is Surya. I am 17 years old and a resident of Palm Beach County. From an early age, I have been interested in the arts, specifically the visual arts and playing the piano. Some of my earliest memories involve going to the beach to collect shells to add to my latest creation. As I became more serious about the arts, I began to take lessons. From my teachers, I learned more than just how to play Clowns by Dmitri Kabalevsky on the piano and how to shade a sphere in a still life- I learned how to express myself creatively and share my thoughts and feelings without having to say or write down a single word. As I developed my talents, I was encouraged by my family and friends to audition for Bak Middle School of the Arts, where I would be surrounded by other young artists and introduced to a variety of art forms. I got in as a visual arts major, and sure enough, I took classes ranging from sculpture to photography to printmaking. I now attend Suncoast Community High School and have continued my involvement in the visual arts and music throughout high school. By starting this not-for-profit organization, I hope to provide more people in my community with the opportunity to develop their artistic abilities and be recognized for their work.