Thank you, Downey Kiwanis Foundation

Over a year ago, we began our partnership with Downey Unified in hosting students in the gallery through field trips, exhibits, and festivals. There was a lack of creative outlets for students, and that is when we created the Stay Young initiative, a program designed to expose Downey's youth to the arts.

The Downey Kiwanis Foundation believed in our vision and what we could provide, and they helped fund the beginning of the Stay Young initiative. This marked the birth of the Downey Avenue Tour program, which brought a 3rd Grade classroom from each of the thirteen Downey Unified elementary schools to Stay Gallery for a day-long field trip.

During the field trip, students interpreted the Downey Doodle-icious mural by Don Lamkin in a collaborative art workshop (music and pizza included), did a walking tour of Downtown Downey and City Hall, met city officials and local artists, and most importantly, learned about the local culture and history of the City of Downey.

Due to the success of the Downey Avenue Tour Program, the Stay Young initiative was able to develop a strong and ongoing relationship with Downey Unified's administrators, teachers, and parents. A myriad of subprograms were created, from the Stay Young Festival of the Arts to Stay Connected, a student volunteer club that exists at both Downey and Warren High Schools.

This year, the Downey Kiwanis Foundation has continued their support of the Stay Young initiative by donating $50,921 to our organization. The funding will be used to provide the infrastructure, technology, and art supplies that are necessary to expand the Stay Young initiative and all of its subprograms. The funding also allows us to go beyond the walls of Stay Gallery, and into the classrooms to teach art-based educational workshops throughout Downey Unified.


2015 Stay Young Initiative Fundraising Progress

TOTAL RAISED SINCE OCTOBER 2014: $150,494

OUR GOAL: $200,000

Local Business include: Law Offices of Blanca Pacheco, Law Offices of Miguel Duarte, Cartozian Associates, and Porto's Bakery

Individual Donors are funds raised from special events, fundraisers, one-time donors, and ongoing supporters.

Grants include Supervisor Don Knabe, Arts Education Partnership Program, and Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Remaining for 2015: $49,506


Your donation allows us to reach our goal, and ultimately impact the lives of the youth in our community.

On behalf of Stay Gallery's Board of Directors, Staff, Volunteers, and Supporters, we would like to sincerely thank the Downey Kiwanis Foundation and the Kiwanis of Downey Club for believing in our organization and its mission. Thanks to their support, our organization is allowed to prepare today’s youth for the 21st Century by integrating the arts into current educational standards.

By providing various avenues for students to think, learn, and play creatively, we can build the foundation for the City of Downey to become the creative capital of Southeast Los Angeles.

CAPTIONS:Third graders from Rio Hondo Elementary during the Downey Avenue Tour Program

Gabriel Enamorado - Creative Director of Stay GalleryMariana Pacheco - Kiwanis of Downey Board MemberJerry Wetzstein - President of Downey Kiwanis FoundationBlanca Pacheco - President of Kiwanis of DowneyValentin Flores - Executive Director of Stay Gallery, Linda Salomon - Maude Price PTA President, and Luz Lluncor - Stay Gallery Board Member