Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund

Our Goal

The Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund is a philanthropic effort, which supports educating the public about the arts through programs that provide hands-on experience in creating art. The Fund actively seeks donations to support its programs.

Our History

From its humble beginning on a dirt lot over 45 years ago, to its current standing as one of the premier fine arts and crafts shows in the nation, the Sawdust Art Festival opens a new chapter in its storied existence – seeking donor and estate planners to contribute to a new Art Enrichment Fund. The Sawdust Art Festival, a non-profit corporation from its inception, has as its mission “to education the public about art created in Laguna Beach.” Therefore, it is now offering to people who are interested in the arts, an opportunity to preserve that original plan of educating about art through monetary donations and bequests.

As more elementary schools, middle schools and high schools continue to close their classroom doors for art education, the Sawdust Art Festival, through this Art Enrichment Fund, is now engaged in a program to re-open those doors and bring art back to the forefront in Laguna Beach.

Donate NOW – Help save the arts.

Become a Donor

Patron – $1,000+ includes Collector rewards and artist hand-blown glass piece
Collector – $500+ includes Master rewards and Sawdust Preview Night invitations for two
Master – $250+ includes Annual Pass to Sawdust Art Festival and Winter Fantasy for two and annual signature memorabilia
Apprentice – $100+ includes Season Pass Sawdust Art Festival for two

All gifts are tax-deductible. Your support will enrich our current and future programs. Help make a difference in art education and donate now. We thank you for your support!

Click here to donate now online. Please indicate that you would like to contribute to the Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund in the additional information section at checkout.

Current Programs

The Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund, which provides hands-on art workshops to under served populations as part of the non-profit Sawdust Art Festival’s dedication to educating the public about the arts, has provided a grant to Etianne Manetta. She will be teaching a mixed media art class at The Illumination Foundation’s Recuperative Care Center on August 1. The completed works will be displayed throughout the facility. Since 2008 The Illumination Foundation’s Recuperative Care program has served more than 2409 homeless individuals being discharged from local hospitals. In addition to the core services, art therapy programs enhance recovery and act as stress relievers.

Future Programs

Art Outreach Mentorship – underserved populations, such as seniors, at-risk youth, art therapy for patients in recover/remission and armed forces support (acitve, retired, disabled, spouse)
Children’s Programs – summer vacation, art camp, after school art class
Corporate Team Building – art problem-solving experiences
Expanded Year-round Art Classes – Beginning level, advanced instruction, fine art and fine craft classes taught by professional artists


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