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Barbara Chandler Allen’s organizationraises funds for school art programs.
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By Janet Kornblum for USA TODAY
Most people thinkinnovation belongs toa younger generation.
“I don’t believe that,” says Barbara ChandlerAllen after a long day of making presentationsabout the organization she founded and runs.
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She should know.
At 62, Allen finds herself workingmore than full-time on Fresh Artists,a nonprofit that turns kids’ art intomoney that is then funneled back intourban public schools.“I think older people can be much,much stronger innovators if given theencouragement to do so,” she says.In fact, it wasn’t until she was 60that Allen founded the nonprofit. Itwasn’t quite an accident. But it wasn’tquite planned out, either.The whole thing began backin 2005 when a school district inPhiladelphia asked her and herson, Roger Allen, to decorate its850,000-square-foot building withchildren’s art.Her son came up with idea of transforming children’s artthecolorful kind parents like to tape tothe fridgeinto giant digital images.They hung those pictures throughoutthe building, brightening the austerespace and reminding people that theschool district served the kids and notthe other way around.From time to time someone wouldask if they could buy the prints. Thenone day a vendor “came upon us inthe hallway and said, ‘Oh my God.This is gorgeous. I have to have one of these.’ ”“We said for the 400th time,‘I’m sorry, it’s not for sale.’ He said,‘How about if I make a donation andyou take the money and go buy artsupplies for some kids?’ ”Allen and her son pondered theidea over coffee and decided it wasbrilliant. Fresh Artists was born.It works pretty much the waythe vendor suggested: Fresh Artistsgets art from the children. Withthe approval of the children andtheir guardians, the art is digitallyphotographed. The originals arereturned to the children. The digitalphotographs can then be transformedinto large, high-resolution prints. Inturn, those who want the art make adonation to Fresh Artists. The moneygoes directly back into buying artsupplies.In turn, a strapped school districtgets the kind of art supplies it
Fresh Artists is a way for people to see the invisible children in ourcommunity
and see them for children and people who have promise, whohave purpose, who can learn, who are capable of really great things.”
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otherwise could not afford.But Allen, who has been anadministrator at major art museums,including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Harvard University’s PeabodyMuseum, stresses that it’s not justabout the art supplies.It’s also about empoweringthe children by turning them intophilanthropists, Allen says.“It brings visibilityquiteliterallyto kids who are oftenignored,” she says. That’s especiallytrue with the art that hangs incorporate offices.“Fresh Artists is a way forpeople to see the invisible childrenin our community and see themfor children and people who havepromise, who have purpose, who canlearn, who are capable of really greatthings.”Founded in Philadelphia, theorganization is beginning to expandto cities like Washington, D.C. andBoston. Allen has hopes it will gonational.Since it was founded in 2008, thenonprofit has installed 670 large-format reproductions and donated artsupplies worth more than $100,000to 272 Philadelphia public schools,reaching more than 53,400 childrenAllen recently won a $50,000Purpose Prize, an award that aims torecognize social innovators over 60.She doesn’t see her work as work.“It’s a mission.”And she highly recommendspassion-seeking for anyone.“There’s a freedom in thisstage of your life. Part of the thing
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