Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund Receives a Grant From the Festival of Arts Foundation

Posted on July 19, 2016 by Sawdust Art Festival

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. – July 19, 2016 – The Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund— a philanthropic effort that supports education of the public about the arts while providing hands-on experience to underserved populations— is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation to assist in its philanthropic efforts.  The grant will aid in funding a jewelry-making class for spouses of active military personnel at Camp Pendleton. Taking place in October, the class will be taught by Sawdust artist, Jamie Bichler.   In addition to learning jewelry-making techniques, the participants will receive the jewelry tools and components needed to produce jewelry pieces. Furthermore, instructions will be given on how to set up and market an Etsy store to help generate extra income that is not location dependent.

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About Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund: The Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund is a philanthropic effort that supports education of the public about the arts while providing hands-on experience to underserved populations.   In recent years, SAEF has partnered with various organizations to fund classes for at-risk students, seniors, military spouses and homeless populations in rehabilitation and recovery. For more information, visit:

About Sawdust Art & Craft Festival: Founded in 1967, the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public and promoting art created in Laguna Beach. Best known for offering two highly attended seasonal festivals, the organization also hosts a variety of workshops and classes throughout the year. Sawdust’s legendary summer festival is a nine-week summer celebration of fine art and craft – the largest in Southern California – with more than 200 Laguna Beach artists who exhibit and sell their original art and handcrafted items. The festival also offers live entertainment, artist demonstrations, hands-on art workshops for all ages, and a variety of food & drink offerings. Sawdust’s Annual Winter Fantasy Festival occurs for five weekends leading up to the holiday season, and boasts an international collection of over 175 artisans who create, showcase, and sell their original, handcrafted artwork on the Sawdust grounds, which are lavishly decorated to resemble a winter wonderland. Special activities include “Winter Art Series” classes, where guests can create holiday-themed works, and a highly anticipated Annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony. Throughout the remainder of the year, the organization continues to provide its Sawdust Studio Art Classes in a variety of mediums, on-site and off-site. For more information, visit:

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