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Get to Know the Grantee: Portside Arts Center

“The Children. Everything we do here is for them. We get to watch them grow and turn into amazing people.”

Portside Arts Center provides a creative and nurturing environment that empowers the artists of tomorrow and creates lifelong patrons of the arts. Director Kim Creighton told us more about their work.

What revs you up to go to work in the morning?

The Children. Everything we do here is for them. We get to watch them grow and turn into amazing people. 

What about your work keeps you up at night?

As with any nonprofit, financial health is always a concern. However, we also worry about the children and all of the things they are going through big and small. 

When do you know your work is making a difference?

Watching the strides the children make in their artwork is always rewarding. We love seeing how proud they are of their accomplishments and how these accomplishments create a bond between the children and their families. 

What is the coolest thing a participant in your program ever said to you?

Sometimes it’s not what is said. Sometimes it’s what is not said. When we first opened we could not afford heating and people came in their coats to create art Not one person mentioned the lack of heat. That’s how I knew there was something special here. 

Best. Snack. Ever.

Dark Chocolate

Part of a continuing series featuring our 2019 Bartol grantees.


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