Sawdust Art Festival Partners with Project Access to Inspire Low-income Students with First-hand Photography Experience

Posted on September 10, 2014 by Sawdust Art Festival

Media Contact: Cynthia Fung
Phone: 949.497.0517

July 22, 2014

(Sawdust will host group of Project Access students)

Laguna Beach, CA – The Sawdust Art Festival is again hosting a group of students from the Project Access Family Resource Center at Warwick Square Apartments, a low-income housing community in Santa Ana, to participate in a unique two-part class on the festival grounds to further their first-hand experience interacting with Laguna Beach artists.

The Project Access groups, consisting of about ten students each ages 8-12 and 13-17, are scheduled to visit the Sawdust Festival on four consecutive Tuesdays: July 22 and 29, and August 5 and 12, to learn about photography first-hand from long-time Sawdust Art Festival exhibitor and renowned photographer Mary Hurlbut of Laguna Beach.

For many of the students at Project Access, this will be the first time they are exposed to high quality art of this magnitude. The idea behind this collaborative experience is to offer low-income children the opportunity to spark an interest not only in expressing themselves through art, but also to be inspired to create art as a living.

“With the Sawdust Art Festival’s mission of educating the public on the arts created in Laguna Beach, we were more than happy to again extend the talents and resources here at the Sawdust to support the programs at Project Access. The two organizations are a great fit,” said Maggie Spencer, Sawdust artist and committee member of Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund.

Project Access strives to be the leading provider of vital health, education and employment services for families, children and seniors living in low-income housing communities. Its goal is to help keep family members employed, children in school and seniors active. Project Access serves nearly 11,000 youth, adults and seniors at over 50 resource centers in California and is expanding to multiple states throughout the western region.

Project Access, Inc. (IRS EIN# 33-0834635) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with corporate offices located in Newport Beach, California. For more information about Project Access, contact Julia Foster at 949-253-6200, ext. 315 or visit

To check out more details about the Sawdust Art Festival’s 48th annual summer season and calendar of events, please visit or call 949-494-3030. The Sawdust Art Festival is open 10-10 daily through August 31 and is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach with free City trolley service to and from the Act V parking lot. Admission prices are: Adults $8.50, Seniors (65+) $7, Children (6-12) $4, Children (5 & under) Free; Summer Season Pass $18; Annual Pass $24.

The Sawdust Art Festival is a non-profit art organization dedicated to educating the public and promoting the art created in Laguna Beach.

The Sawdust Art Festival thanks its 2014 sponsors Kia of Irvine, Kona Beer and Kendall-Jackson.