2022 LoLA Grants Support Healing and Wellbeing

The Legacy of Living Art (LoLA) Fund supports projects that use the arts to nurture and support healing. LoLA grants are awarded yearly to artists and organizations that seek to engage creativity for the benefits of wellness and wellbeing. The fund has granted out $30,000 since 2020 and this year is lifting up Missoula Community Free Fridge, SPARK! Arts and Red Willow Learning Center.

Missoula Community Free Fridge works to expand equitable food access through a network of 24/7 accessible fridges & pantries. They will use LoLA funds to paint the fridges and pantries with colorful, beautiful art to demonstrate their communal nature and expand engagement with the community. 

SPARK! Arts Ignite Learning is a collective-impact and national partner of the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child. Their LoLA funded project will provide professional development for twenty MCPS  teaching artists to increase social-emotional learning support and mental health and well-being through arts integration in our schools.

Red Willow Learning Center will use their grant award to offer a four-part Transformational Self-Portrait workshop series. This project will benefit people at any stage of recovery from Substance Use Disorder – encouraging participants to imagine the potential for transformation. The series aims to help participants envision a hopeful future of sobriety, effective coping skills and improved mental health.